Tuesday, August 04, 2015

REVIEW: No Such Thing As Luck by Nicole Clarkston

Book Blurb: John Thornton is facing the collapse of everything he has worked for all of his life. Through his banker, he hears about a potential business opportunity that could save the mill. He decides to investigate, even if it means traveling from home when he can least afford it.
Margaret Hale, now living in London, learns that her godfather Mr Bell is visiting her brother Frederick in Cadiz. Bell is dying, and asking to see her before it is too late. She is determined to sail, regardless of the risk.

An accident on the docks leaves Margaret injured, and throws both together on the same ship. Thornton, resolved to protect Margaret's honour despite their painful history, claims to be her brother to keep her safe. Unfortunately, pretending to be Margaret's brother proves more difficult- and more dangerous- than he might have expected.

My Review: This book starts off with John Thornton barely holding on to his mill. He has enough money and product to last through the next several months and then he will have to close his doors. He hears of a business opportunity in Spain and decides to check it out. Margaret at the same time hears about Mr Bell dying in Spain and rushes to his side without a chaperone to see her through the journey. Thornton and Margaret meet by luck at the dock and when she becomes injured they decide to journey together as brother and sister. However they are fiercely attracted to each other and do a poor job hiding it. Do they end up together or do outside forces keep them apart?

I couldn't put this book down and it is one of the better North and South variations out there. I say if you're a fan of North and South give this a read.

Rating: 4½ stars out of 5


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