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Book Review: Wives and Daughters


Title: Wives and Daughters
Author: Elizabeth Gaskell
Date Started: April 19, 2014

Other Works by Author:
North and South

Mary Barton
Cousin Phillis
Sylvia’s Lovers
The Life of Charlotte Bronte
For a more complete list of her novella’s and other works see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Gaskell#Novels

Genres: Historical, Drama, Romance

My Rating: 5

Summary:  Molly Gibson lives happily with her father. When a young man secretly tries to show her his love Mr. Gibson sends him away and allows Molly to go on a lengthy visit at Hamley hall. She becomes very attached to the family and meets the two sons, Osbourne the poet and Roger the naturalist.

When Mr. Gibson marries again Molly gains a step-sister, Cynthia, who she grows to love dearly, even when Cythina is revealed to have secrets and pulls Molly into it.

My Thoughts: I watched the movie before reading the book and loved it. So when I came around to reading it I was pleased to discover how accurate the movie was. A very sweet story mixed with a little mystery. If you like Jane Austen’s works you’ll love this book.
Unfortuantely Elizabeth Gaskell died before finishing the story but at the end the publisher added notes of what might have happened based on comments and notes from Mrs. Gaskell, so you aren’t left completely hanging.
One last plug in for the movie, the ending they created for it is extremely sweet and worked in so well that you would never have thought that it wasn’t originally part of the book.

My Favorite Quotes: “How easy it is to judge rightly after one sees what evil comes from judging wrongly.”  
“I won’t say she was silly, but I think one of us was silly, and it wasn’t me!”

Where can you get this book: Both free ebooks and paid hardcopies: Amazon
And there’s always your local library.