Margaret of the North
A sequel to North and South, Margaret of the North takes off from both Elizabeth Gaskell's book and its retelling on the BBC series. Margaret is a young woman in Victorian times contending with the press of modernity and industrialization and struggling with the age-old complexities of human relationships. After marrying John Thornton, she faces challenges and influences those around her in her passage into maturity and modern womanhood.
The story includes a few illustrations by the author and unabashedly serves up a romance—both Victorian and modern—that just might hit that spot for guilty pleasures.