Etc.: I always appreciate Anderson’s tackling of tough and relevant subjects and this book was no different - it focuses on Hayley and her father’s battles with PTSD after serving four tours of duty. I respected this book, but surprisingly, something emotional was lacking for me; for such a thoughtful book topic-wise, I did not feel a strong connection with any of the characters and most of them annoyed me.
Etc.: I was lucky enough to get lost in this world for six weeks as I read it each night before bed. The rich writing hooked from me the beginning, even though it was a slow book plot-wise. I wasn’t so much into the Austen-esque love story (though it was subtle), but I loved reading about a world on the brink of industrialization and the changes that brought to the lives of the characters - especially Margaret Hale, a strong and complex heroine. North and South was a great classic read that renewed my interest in Victorian lit.