Falling for Mr. Thornton is the best Christmas present you can give to any North & South aficionado. Why? Because in it you will find twelve different Mr. Thornton’s with whom to fall in love all over again.
I had high expectations for this anthology because not only it was the first one ever published, but also because it has several authors whose writing skills I respect. After reading it, I am glad to say that it surpassed my expectations and that I was pleasantly surprised with its quality and ability to engage the reader.
Falling for Mr. Thornton is very diverse and balanced. In it, you will find twelve different stories with different plots, subgenres and writing styles. It starts with Melanie Stanford’s enthralling story, which is a modern take with characters I loved and could easily relate to, and it continues with Kate Forrester’s time slip story that I could not stop reading. It is very different from any time travel story I had ever read and I’m a huge fan of the genre, so I was happy to see it was included in the book. If these genres are not your cup of tea, fear not, the anthology progresses with humorous stories, romantic variations and different endings. Each author will have a different style and a different approach to North and South and I found that fascinating. This is more than a romance book; it is a true homage to Elizabeth Gaskell.
One of the highlights for me was to see Bessy Higgins having a happy ending in more than one story! I have always been partial to her character and I’ve often wondered why authors would not change her fate, in this anthology they did, and that made my day. Another detail I absolutely loved was the relevance Nicholas Higgins had in Cinders and Smoke by Don Jacobson. The author did an incredible job in developing both Higgins and Thornton’s characters and their dialogues were priceless. And of course, the depth of feeling you’ll find in some stories like Mischances from Nicole Clarkston or Her Father’s Last Wish from Rose Fairbanks is everything you could hope for in a North and South variation. The book closes with yet another wonderful and powerful story penned by Trudy Brasure and by this time, the reader will definitely want to go back and re-read some of the stories.
As you can see, this anthology really captured the essence of North and South and brought to readers a little bit of everything they love in Elizabeth Gaskell’s story. It has plenty of romance, the clash of classes and costumes and absorbing characters. The length of each story is perfect in the sense that it captures exactly what each author wanted to focus on, without extending it to a level that disengages the reader. This was definitely a plus in this anthology that can be read in one single occasion, or savoured one story at a time.
Falling for Mr. Thornton is perfect for those who have read every single North & South variation out there and who are craving for more, and perfect for those who are still reluctant to try this genre. Those who love either the book or the BBC series but were never convinced to try fan fiction, have in this anthology the perfect opportunity to try several subgenres and finally have an idea of what may suit them better. It has the advantage of having something for every taste and not occupying too much of the readers time.
Summing up, Falling for Mr. Thornton is definitely a well-balanced anthology with strong stories that will appeal to many different readers. The diverse plots and writing styles make it an interesting addition to any library, and I highly recommend this book to all my fellow readers.
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My review was part of the blog tour for Falling for Mr. Thornton, if you liked my comments, please do check out the other blog tour stops where you’ll be able to get to know writers that are unfamiliar to you, and re-connect with the ones you already know. You’ll have interviews, guest post, reviews and a wonderful giveaway attached to each stop 🙂
14/11/2019 More Agreeably Engaged; Blog Tour Launch & Giveaway
19/11/2019 My Jane Austen Book Club ; Author Interview & Giveaway
21/11/2019 From Pemberley to Milton; Review & Giveaway
25/11/2019 So Little Time…; Guest Post & Giveaway
05/12/2019 My Vices and Weaknesses; Review & Giveaway
10/12/2019 Diary of an Eccentric; Guest Post & Giveaway
16/12/2019 Babblings of a Bookworm; Review & Giveaway
20/12/2019 Austenesque Reviews; Guest Post & Giveaway
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