What is it about?
Molly Gibson is the only child of the widowed doctor in the small town of Hollingford. He has never remarried, even though Molly’s mother died when Molly was a young girl. When one of the doctor’s student’s shows a love interest in young Molly, the doctor must take drastic action to protect his daughter.
Was it good?
Despite the fact that it is getting colder and wetter here in Seattle, I have REALLY enjoyed walking my dog nearly every day for the last month. Why? It’s because I was always looking forward to and enjoying listening to this audiobook on my walks.
At 25 and a half hours, this is a very long audiobook. I enjoyed every minute of it. I loved the characters, flaws and all, and I loved the setting of the book (English society shortly in the early 1800’s), and I loved the little dramas. I worried with the characters and I celebrated with them too.
Elizabeth Gaskell died before she could finish the book, but she shared enough stories with her friends and publishers that they were able to include a probable conclusion to book.
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One thing that surprises me every time I read a book in this time period is the frailty of the gentle women folk. Perhaps most of their weakness was due to poor diet and lack of exercise, and just a lack of exposure to hardship, but it sure feels like we have come a long way.