Fellow Richard Armitage/North & South connoisseur and author extraordinaire Trudy Brasure has accepted my invitation to share with us her take on Gaskell’s masterpiece and she’ll be spoiling us today and Friday, so make sure you stop by.
Most of you are familiar with Trudy’s writing as she has long been considered one of the most notable fanfiction turned published authors with an uncanny ability to capture our Mr Thornton and make us fall for him hard all over again.
I leave you in the capable hands of my guest blogger and one of my most favorite N&S continuation authors (not to mention a thoroughly lovely person…):
Five things you probably didn’t know about me:
1. I had a great childhood. As one of nine children, I was surrounded mostly by brothers. Boys? Yeah, we got ’em. I faked my first crush in school to fit in with the crowd. Heck, I didn’t find boys that mysterious or enchanting in those pubescent years.
2. My obsession before I discovered John Thornton/Armitage was … um… Abraham Lincoln. What can I say? I love a good, brooding man in a top hat.
3. My first plane ride was from Toronto to Paris – alone, at age 17 – to stay for a month with the family of the exchange student our family had hosted the summer before. Unforgettable adventure for a small town girl from Pennsylvania.
4. I’m the organist/pianist on Sundays at the church I attend. All those years of piano lessons were not wasted!
5. I’ve never been to England! I know, I know…. it’s really quite presumptuous of me to write stories set in a place I’ve never been. Thank goodness for my British editor. I’ve been close, though! My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Ireland and Scotland.
(John has studied hard for this.)
Think you know North and South? I’ve seen a few fun quizzes posted here and there. But they were too easy. Try this mean baby if you’ve read the book. Hey, if you’ve read my stories you might be able to answer a handful of these. Level: Wicked
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post for the answers!
1. How old is Margaret at the time of Edith’s wedding?
2. Where is the Lennox family from?
3. What military rank did Aunt Shaw’s late husband hold?
4. What is Mr. Bell’s first name?
5. Is it Bessy or Bessie?
6. What is the port town nearest Helstone?
7. How did Leonards happen to be at the station to discover Fred?
8. What are Mr. and Mrs. Hale’s first names?
9. True/False: Gaskell was a master of precision in writing the sequence of events.
10. What pet did Aunt Shaw have?
11. What is the name of Frederick’s intended (and later, wife)?
12. Name one of the books that Hannah Thornton reads from.
13. What personal tragedy did Hannah silently recall during her visit with the dying Mrs. Hale?
14. True/False: The Great Exhibition is mentioned in a conversation between Thornton and Mr. Hale.
15. True/False: Thornton discovers that Margaret has a brother from Mr. Bell.
16. True/False: Higgins calls Thornton a bulldog.
17. Mr. Thornton made a point of visiting Helstone while returning from a business trip to what venue?
18. True/False: Mr. Thornton attends the funeral of both Margaret’s mother and father.
19. What is the name of the member of parliament who comes to dinner at Aunt Shaw’s house in the penultimate chapter?
20 . How much time passed between Thornton’s post-riot declaration of love and the final scene in London in which Margaret offers her fortune to Thornton? (a.) six months (b.) a year (c.) 18 months (d.) two years
If you loved the angst and repressed passion Richard portrayed as John Thornton in North and South, you’ll love my new story! In Consequence puts a twist in the story at the time of the riot which spins the developing story of love and attraction in a whole new direction. Available for free at C19 and Wattpad, In Consequence is also for sale as a Kindle book at Amazon. It will soon be available in print and as a Nook, ibook, etc. as well.
Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win a copy of In Consequence – paperback or Kindle. (worldwide) The winner will be announced next Thursday, February 6th.
Share what you love most about N&S, ask me a question, or talk to me about my story or Gaskell’s. There’s nothing I enjoy better than engaging in discussion about North and South!
Coming up tomorrow: Trudy’s pet peeves regarding all things North and South as well as the answers to the quiz!
The Book Giveaway is now finished!