If you have just finished reading North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell or watched the BBC miniseries with Richard Armitage and feel there’s got to be more to it, then search no more, A Heart for Milton by Trudy Brasure is the answer to your wishes.
This book was released 10 years ago, and even if I’ve read it a while back, I never reviewed it, so this week I took the time to re-read the Portuguese translation of the book (which I highly recommend to my Portuguese and Brazilian friends) to be able to finally review it.
My opinion after all these years hasn’t changed, and I strongly believe A Heart for Milton should be the first N&S fan fiction book any reader should read because it has exactly what every reader wants after either reading the book or watching the mini series: a slower, stronger and deeper ending to the story.
The North & South ending is too abrupt, and Trudy Brasure changed the final moments in the story by creating yet another memorable train scene. I wish I could see Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe playing it! It is so powerful, so intense and so beautiful that it is truly a scene readers will never forget. In fact, the first chapters of the book are all very powerful and give a slightly different ending to the story as the couple reunites much sooner then in the original book, but certainly in a more satisfying manner. Is it too bad to say that North and South should actually end the way Trudy Brasure penned it? I mean no disrespect to Ms. Gaskell, but truly, North and South would be much better if the ending was what Trudy Brasure wrote down until the train scene.
After the couple reunites, we will see in A Heart for Milton a sequel of sorts as the lives of Milton’s habitants is unfolded slowly and between many endearing and passionate moments between our dear couple.
The story itself doesn’t have any big driver pushing it forward, it focuses instead on all the interactions between Margaret and John during their married life, so if you are looking for an action-packed book, this one is not for you, but if what you need is more of Margaret and John, then this is a must read.
I found all characters to be true to themselves and consider this is the perfect book for those who found the romance in the ending of North & South lacking. This book will give you plenty of that, and more, as we get to know the Thornton’s entire life in the pages of this book!
A Heart for Milton is certainly a mark in North & South fan fiction, and anyone who enjoys that story must read this book. It will give readers everything they felt was lacking in the original story and will melt everyone’s hearts with the beautiful romance we witness in its pages. I highly recommend this story, both the original and the Portuguese translation Um Coração para Milton, which is beautifully translated.
You can find A Heart For Milton at:
and the Portuguese version at Amazon.com.br