• Getting ready for the first day of my final year as an Undergrad!
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I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone🙊
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Then I’m off to Birmingham with my favourite person for the weekend💕
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There’s also a new Fairyloot unboxing on my blog (link in bio✌🏻) - my favourite box to date!
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  • Back to university in seven days...
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I’d much rather be looking over the harbour of Villefranche again.
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At least I get to go back there next year with my favourite person💕
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There’s a few holiday posts gone up about this last cruise (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • Spending the day with my laptop catching up on posts, emails and everything I’ve let slide over the past three weeks😂
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Oh and I start third year in eight days....😱
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I’ve finally put my August Wrap up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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I had a real good reading month 😂
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  • #throwback to a lovely Sunday breakfast with my favourite person💕
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After a lovely night in Manchester we headed to @pkbcoffee - a favourite place of ours.
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And the best eggs royale I’ve ever had! Sam’s breakfast tacos were pretty good too😉
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  • On a rare Saturday off my favourite person and I ventured off to Ikea on a furniture hunt.
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Did we get furniture? No. But I do now have new lamps and a very cool teapot.
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Ah the power of IKEA.
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There’s a review up of This Cruel Design on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - IKEA meatballs, yay or nay?
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  • Well and truly a victim of the plane lurgy😂
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A night of netflix and tea for me.
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I’m thinking about starting the Dark Crystal tonight too.
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There’s a review up of This Mortal Coil by @emily.suvada which I adored! •
And there’s a little recommend post up for the Slytherins out there (Link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - what superpower would you want?
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  • I am wrapped up in a blanket and determined to finish Supermarket by Bobby Hall! I have about ten pages left😱
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But this headache is making it so difficult 😫
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There’s a new review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - how do you deal with headaches. I need help😂
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  • All unpacked and getting back on track with little jobs, posts and also going back to Uni....
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Before Sam and I went away I fully intended to keep posting on my blog and on here.
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That really didn’t end up happening and the little digital break was so nice☺️
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Equally as nice to be back and there’s a full review of Dark Age by Pierce Brown up on my blog - be warned it’s full of spoilers 😂 (Link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - Beach holiday or city break?
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#bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookblogger #blogger #bookish #bookshelf #darkage #piercebrown #redrising #scifi #book #books #bookworm
  • Home and nearly unpacked from an amazing ten days with this one💕
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Now I need a brew and a nap😂
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Can’t wait for the next adventure ✈️
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  • Half way through my last shift set before we go on holiday💕
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I can’t wait to be in Sicily with my favourite person eating all the pasta and pizza.
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I can’t wait to get some more sun and take lots and lots of pictures🙊
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There’s a new post up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻) - the first in a new series: The Cruise Diaries🚢
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#QOTD - last film you cried at?
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  • Soon off to get my hair done...I don’t even want to acknowledge how bad my roots are again😂
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Then meeting my favourite person for some drinks in our local💕
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In the meantime I’m still in laptop mode contemplating how long it’s going to take me to write my Dark Age review🤦🏻‍♀️
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There’s a significantly smaller review up of Seraph of the Age Volume Sixteen (Link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd: do you review everything you read?
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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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