A Timeless Love Story...
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell was introduced to the world in 1854. Written as a contemporary tale of love wrought amidst the social confusion and economic upheaval of England’s Industrial Revolution, the story has stood the test of time.
In 2004, the BBC adaptation of North and South was released in the United Kingdom. This brilliant production brought the passion and poignancy of the story to life for a new generation, and continues to capture the hearts of many. The extraordinary cast was headed by Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe, who gave astounding performances as John Thornton and Margaret Hale.
I fell in love with the British Broadcasting Corporation’s North and South and devoured Gaskell’s book in due course. The characters and themes of the novel have never left me. These works are the basis and inspiration for my book, A Heart for Milton.
When ‘Happily Ever After’ is Not Enough
For many who have fallen in love with North and South, the story ends all too abruptly. Elizabeth Gaskell gives us only a few pages of John and Margaret’s happiness.
It was my intention to write a novel that gives a glimpse into the joys and trials of John and Margaret’s life together. Beginning from the scene where Margaret is about to leave Milton, my story begins an original sequence of events that brings the star-crossed lovers together sooner and continues through the first year of their lives as a married couple.
I hope I have succeeded in writing a story that warms the heart and touches the soul.
— Trudy Brasure