I read to escape and to learn. I like science fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers and adventure stories.
This is by far, my favourite Victorian novel I’ve read to date. The tension mounts slowly and deliciously as our heroine is prevented from acting by the social constraints of her time. Misunderstandings and false assumptions abound until the reader’s patience is tenderly rewarded. Elizabeth Gaskell creates in her female protagonists a wonderful combination of sweetness and strength. I don’t know that such women exist but it sure is satisfying to immerse yourself in such a world for a few hours.