• All packing has been done, I don’t think I’ve forgotten anything but we’ll soon see😂
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Now for a nice relax with my favourite person tonight💕
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There’s a new post up for the Needlemouse blog tour too (Link in bio✌🏻)
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There should be plenty more posts going up whilst I’m away 🙊
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  • Another lovely weekend passes by. This one filled with Lego building, food and watching the new series of Stranger Things💕
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I adore Steve. He’s such a sweetheart.
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Tonight I’m curling up with my next read and tomorrow I’m being cooked for- I know, very lucky🙊
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There’s a new post up all about my last read as part of the Blog Tour!
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What’s your favourite thing to cook?
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  • Just under a week till holiday number one begins and I’m starting to look at what I’m taking with me 🙊
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This little red number is definitely coming!💃🏻
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After a tiring day I’m spending the evening on the couch with a book and wine...definitely need wine😂
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Question: are you a super prepared packer orrr are you a throw it all in the morning you go kinda person? 🤔
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  • So June was an amazing reading month! And a pretty great month in general.
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I went away with my favourite person, went to some bookish events and ate a lot of wonderful food💕
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And we finally got sun! What’s your go to ‘summer read’?
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The full wrap up is on my blog (link in bio✌🏻) and there’s also a little fun post about some books I think Hufflepuffs would enjoy💛
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  • I spent all last night and all this morning binge watching The Dragon Prince after seeing @bookswithchloe recommend it. All I can say is I need season three😍
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The rest of today will be spent photo taking in prep for going on holiday!
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I finally have a TBR for it too...and I’m going to work on one for the NEWTS read-a-thon👏🏻
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There’s an unboxing of the @fairyloot June Broody Banter box now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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It’s my favourite box to date!
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Have you ever used any bookish sub boxes? Is there another I need to try?
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  • #AD - Gifted
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I’m having a much needed day of rest today!
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Hay fever is no joke but at the same time sooo ridiculous. I mean I’m allergic to grass and trees when you think about it😂
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Tomorrow I have a full day of post writing planned until my favourite person gets home💕
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There’s another new review up of Once & Future up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Spoiler - I loved it.
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  • #AD - Gifted
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In full holiday prep mode but I cannot for the life of me pick what books to take!
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I have a few ideas and two holidays...help!
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I’m also going to try and do ARC August this year. Wish me luck🤞🏻
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There’s also a review of this amazing book up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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My Dark Vanessa is now an all time favourite of mine and is due to be published in 2020!🙊
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  • I said there were a lot of reviews currently up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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I adored The Star-Touched Queen. It was magical, dark and full of the most beautiful writing😍
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  • I had a wonderful evening with my favourite families eating so much amazing food and drinking all of the gin💕
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Seriously, I mean all the gin😂
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There’s a fair few reviews up on my blog at the moment (link in bio✌🏻)
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One of which is for The Man with the Twisted Lip by Arthur Conan Doyle - what a fab little story!
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  • After a lovely little night out eating lots of cheese, drinking and even ending up in a pub quiz I’m now I’m my lazy clothes having laptop time💕
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Alllll the prep is being done for before I go on holiday😂
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There’s a new review up of Norroway Volume One (Link in my bio✌🏻)
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  • #AD - Gifted
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I’ve spent most of my night binge watching Titans. I think I’ve found a new favourite show😍
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It’s everything I love about the Titans but soooo much darker!
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There’s also a new review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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I didn’t think I could get so emotional over a children’s book😂
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Adult Fiction Books Reviews

Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell

March 5, 2019

I've read very few Victorian novels, the only one I can recall immediately that I've read is Dracula. I didn't know what to expect with these books but I've been pleasantly surprised so far.

Elizabeth Gaskell had always been a name I recognised for North and South,  so when I saw Mary Barton on my reading list I had no expectations for the book. It follows a young girl named Mary Barton, what a shock, who has become the woman of the house after her mothers passing. Her father tends to leave her to her own devices which is how she ended up in a rather interesting courtship... The book takes off from there, hijinks and chaos ensue as you'd expect from this type of book.

I really enjoyed Mary's character. She had few airs and graces but always presented herself as best as she could. For a woman in that time, she had an awful lot of courage too, the boat scene really got me. Her interactions with the different characters were always fun to read. Especially when she wasn't overly fond of a person.

The plot is what you'd expect from a Victorian novel, especially a social problem novel. It doesn't offer a great deal of resolution for the main problem but the characters appear happy with the partial solution anyway. I wish there had been more plot threads finished off but again, it wasn't of the time to do that.

I was surprised by how easy this was to read. Having just exited the Romantic period in University the Victorian's are like a picnic.

INFO

Name: Mary Barton

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

Pages: 366

ISBN:  978-1-84022-698-8

Rating: 4/5

Have you read Mary Barton?

What did you think?

Thank you for reading,

Katie x

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