In Consequence

206154904.5 stars

I’ve read In Consequence a while back and it has become one of my favorite fan fiction books from North and South. It is not a continuation, but a variation that starts with Mr. Thornton’s dinner party and follows the premise that it is not Margaret who is hit by the rock during the strike, but Mr. Thornton. This may seem a small change in the story, as Margaret still attempts to protect Mr. Thornton and therefore he still proposes to her, but it is actually an important detail as it soften Margaret’s heart towards Mr. Thornton, and may be the reason why she finds herself accepting his proposal without really knowing why she is doing it.

So, what if Margaret felt so astonished by Mr. Thornton’s proposal she says yes? Can you imagine it? I can, and the possibilities that would come from this change made me want to continue reading this book for hours and hours.

After the engagement, the book continues with Bessie’s death, Nicholas discovering about the engagement and Margaret feeling she has made the wrong choice. This premise was written in a very realistic way and it felt very true to the characters, especially because the author shows us their inner struggles regarding these changes in their lives and decisions.

Mr. Thornton starts thinking about what Margaret’s opinion of him might be and decides to show her how affectionate and caring he can be. He sends a beautiful coffin for Bessy and writes a letter to Margaret that is so sincere and touching, that she is persuaded not to break her promise to marry him. From this moment on, we see John trying to prove he can be worthy of Margaret but always feeling insecure about what she thinks and feels torwards him. I must confess I loved this Mr. Thornton as much as I loved seeing how Margaret’s affection for him grew.

It was delightful to see Margaret realizing how much Mr. Thornton affected her, and endearing to see her slowly falling in love with him. In Consequence is full of Margaret and John moments and it is perfect for someone as romantic as I am. Their time in London was beautiful to read as their debates were interesting, witty and showed how much they respected one another. With all this, Trudy Brasure gave me a joy I have not felt with some other North and South fan fiction books.

I don’t want to give too much away, but obviously, the couple will be madly in love in this story and, once Margaret is certain she loves Mr. Thornton, we witness a lot of romantic moments that make this a very romantic book. However, despite loving the romance in the book, I think it’s value was increased by the fact that the author did not forget North and South was not only a romance , but also a portrait of society at the time, a description of the struggles several classes were facing. In In Consequence, those aspects are not dismissed. We still see the workers struggle, and we see Mr. Thornton getting to know them better. We also see Frederick, and are even presented with his perspective in the story which was an added value I truly enjoyed.

In Consequence is much more than a romance, it is a true homage to Mrs. Gaskell’s work.


In Consequence is available at: –  In Consequence: A Retelling of North and South –In Consequence: A Retelling of North and South –In Consequence: A Retelling of North and South (English Edition)


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17 responses to “In Consequence

  1. I love N&S. This sounds like a wonderful story!


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  2. Sophia Rose

    I like how variations can really take off after one change in a story. I haven’t read a N&S one yet. I’ll have to keep this one in mind. Nice review, Rita!

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  3. I enjoyed this book, too. It was my favorite of the two by Ms. Brasure, although I liked both. Thanks for sharing your thoughts in this review.

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  4. Wonderful review, thanks, Rita! Every time I read one of your N & S posts I’m thinking I don’t read anywhere near enough variations on that beautiful story. You’ll say I’m obsessed with P & P (and you’d be 100% right, by the way 😀 ) but this one appeals to me even more because the early engagement and the chance to get to know each other better, without the stormy rows of the original novel, makes me think of all the P & P variations where Elizabeth gets an earlier peak into Mr Darcy’s good nature and they grow attached for all the right reasons.
    I’ll definitely read this book!

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    • Thank you Joana! This is the book I talked to you about a couple of months ago. I do think it’s one of the best, and definitely worth reading.
      I’m also addicted to JAFF, but for me it’s refreshing to read a N&S once in a while. It gives me a break from Mr. Darcy, and when I get back to P&P I enjoy it even more. It makes me miss Darcy and Elizabeth’s passionate relationship 🙂


  5. There are so many similarities in the two relationships aren’t there? Darcy proposes to Elizabeth and is rejected, so is Thornton. In both cases, he has fallen in love with her first. Both have to prove that they really are good men at heart.

    Like Joana, I’m reminded of all the P&P variations where that animosity between hero and heroine doesn’t really get the chance to blossom and they come to a better understanding without it.

    North and South is my next audiobook so I may well be in the mood for some variations afterwards.

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  6. Yes, they are very, very similar, I think that’s why I love them both so much!
    I’m sure you’ll love the audiobook Anji, it’s impossible not to! Once you finish it, I suggest watching BBC’s adaptation of North and South. You might end up like me, divided between Mr. Darcy and Mr. Thornton 😉
    And who knows, maybe after that you’ll also start reading North and South fan fic 🙂
    That’s what happened to me :))


    • I’ve already seen the dramatisation (sigh!) and read the original, some years ago admittedly. Thought it was time to revisit it, especially when I got the chance to get the audiobook really cheaply and Juliet Stevenson is such a great narrator.

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      • Really? I never get cheap audiobooks 😦 they’re always around 18 euros. But I’ll look for North and South’s, it would be nice to listen to it after reading the book and watching the BBC adaptation more than 50 times 🙂


  7. Hi again Rita.

    I discovered recently that because I have particular editions of Jane Austen’s and Elizabeth Gaskell’s books on my Kindle, I can get the corresponding audiobook through my membership with Audible UK at a really good price, £2.99 or even less! The Kindle books don’t even have to be paid ones. I have all of Jane Austen’s and some of Elizabeth Gaskell’s as free Kindle books. I got the North and South audio for £2.99 – an audio lasting over 18 hours. Not bad value, is it?

    Those prices that I was offered worked out even cheaper than the price I have to pay for my Audible subscription credits. I get 24 audiobooks a year for around £4.60 each, so if I get the chance to buy an audiobooks I really want and it’s less than that, then I do.

    Don’t know if it works the same in other countries, though.


  8. BeckyC

    Wonderful review. I am a huge N&S fan and will definitely have this on my TBR.


  9. Sounds interesting!


  10. Mary

    This sounds like a fab book,Rita. I read Trudy’s A Heart for Milton and loved it,but I haven’t managed to read this one yet.
    I adore Gaskell’s writing. I had the pleasure of reading N&S for the first time some months ago and felt so happy to be doing so!!
    I knew the ending but I was so caught up with Gaskell’s choice of words that I was simply swept away and couldn’t wait read the final words given to John and Margaret.
    So I guess I must make time for In Consequence,as it sounds almost as good as the original!!


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