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Cate Toward, Master of the Mill - a North and South Variation

By Mariagrazia @SMaryG
CATE TOWARD, MASTER OF THE MILL - A NORTH AND SOUTH VARIATIONHello there! I’m Cate Toward, I’m a Brit, and the mom of two pretty damn amazing thirty something’s. I’m also the soppy housekeeper to aging Jack Russell’s. I got divorced twenty odd years ago, but my parent’s marriage taught me there is such a thing as romance, I just haven’t been that lucky, but the ‘trying’ has had its moments…

When I got my ‘adult’ library ticket at eleven, my father recommended the historical novels of Jean Plaidy. I read about Catherine de Medici, Lucrezia Borgia, and Catherine Parr. When I eventually ran out of JP titles, I discovered Frank Yerby, and life was never the same.Now, when I read a book I want everything, I want to see life, I want people I can identify with, in situations that test them, I want to share their adventure, that’s what I try and write.I wrote a North and South variation, Master of the Mill,  that Maria Grazia thought you may appreciate. That's why she invited me here.  I've got a little present for you. I hope you'll like it! Cate

A gift to my dearest DixonChristmas 1855From her most devoted friend, Margaret Thornton.Saturday January 2nd 1856CATE TOWARD, MASTER OF THE MILL - A NORTH AND SOUTH VARIATIONWell, I am determined as I can be to keep to this journal with all my closest thoughts, seeing as how Mr Thornton has made very plain his dislike of me expressing them out loud. Indeed, for a man so much taken with honesty, he certainly finds little favour with the plain speaking of those about him! His incontinence of temper when I speaks me mind, is mostuncalled for. Named me a interfering old biddy he did!But me dearest chick cares greatly for him, and assures me he is the most attentive of husbands. Though he is inclined to glower at her on occasion of her politicking.

CATE TOWARD, MASTER OF THE MILL - A NORTH AND SOUTH VARIATIONWhich I makes him right at, the darling girl is prone to a cleverness unbecoming of a lady. Though perhaps he remonstrates with her of a evening, mayhap after their prayers, in the privacy of their bedroom? There is certainly the sounds of enough rumpaging issuing forth from that room of a night time! (Not that I take notice of gossiping maidservants, mind.)Aye, and there’s another modern practice her dear mama would take a very dim view on. A married couple, of no little standing, passing the night in the same room. In my whole life I have never heard the like! But, once little ones arrive I dare say the whispering and giggling will cease soon enough and respectable habits will prevail.Lord, but this is more writing than I have done in me whole lifetime, me very hand an eyes do ache of it.I shall leave off for now, tomorrow, being Sunday, I shall not put pen to paper here.
Master of the Mill was released on Amazon Kindle Store on 7 January 2014. Check it out HERE and grab your own ecopy!Book Blurb
John Thornton, is a mill master, a true son of north, proud inheritor of its ethic of hard work and no nonsense. He is also a man of deep passions. Margaret Hale, daughter of a parson, was brought up in the gently, idyllic seeming South, she has a naïve view of the world that the cynical mill master does not share. Please understand, this is not a sequel, but rather my own a darker imaginings based on the themes and characters of Elizabeth Gaskell. If you’re looking for hearts and flowers, you will not find them here. What you will find is pride, hunger, desire and a growing passionate love that refuses to be crushed by circumstance. 


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