I finished it! This is one that I read for a new book club and I just loved! I believe Gaskell’s writings is a mix of Dickens and Austen. It is a beautiful love story with a lot of social unrest. I loved the contrast between rich and poor, employer and employee, country and city. The love story reminds me of Pride and Prejudice. When I finished the book I was not content until I watched the movie. I saw it over a year ago and liked it then, but after reading the book I loved it and it is now one that I must own! A big thumbs up for this book and the movie! Now I need to dig into Democracy In America. Wish me luck!