As I recorded the first two chapters of this book, I felt grabbed by its paranormal theme. I appreciate the boldness of the main character as she learns to honor the relationship that she develops with the previous owner of her Sussex farm — who is deceased. It made me ponder my own openness to interacting with people who are no longer “here”.
“Edith had rolled herself up into a soft ball of muslin and ribbon, and silken curls, and gone off into a peaceful little after-dinner nap.” — from Chapter 1, North and South, by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell.
“The first chapter of a book is often the hook to draw a reader in. It could make you eager for more or realize it isn’t for you.” Lynne T of LibriVox
The characters in the first chapter of North and South drew me in. This story gives us a glimpse of conditions for several social classes in 19th century Victorian Sussex England.