Good read of mid 19th century social life
I think mrs. gaskell did not get her just due at the time this book came out. if i have read correctly, she was a parson's wife, but she certainly was ahead of her time in many issues. i'm going to try to find all her works and get through them all. bright woman who should be studied by anyone who is interested in social issues. also, it was a nice love story. read it after i watched the bbc four part series based on the book. both are great, if a little different.