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Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell
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Mar 16, 12

really liked it
Recommended to Elaine by: Tricia S
Recommended for: adult women
Read from March 06 to 15, 2012 , read count: once

I had a hard time getting into this book at first. When I finally gave up trying to get through the laborious introduction criticizing Mrs. Gaskell's work, then I could hardly put it down. This book evoked many emotions in me -- I laughed, I cried, I disliked certain characters, and loved others. I believe that is a sign of a good book! The story takes place in the mid-1800's and revolves around the main character, Ruth, who has been orphaned and through some innocently-made poor choices, finds herself abandoned, alone and pregnant. Two kind souls take her in to live with them and provide a safe haven for her. How other people around her respond to her -- and particularly when they find out "the truth" -- is great seed for discussion: the perils of judging others, honesty, forgiveness of self and others, to name just a few. There is a definite religious bent to the book -- which is another thing that I liked about it. My favorite quote from Mr. Benson: "I take my stand with Christ against the world." I loved the language of the book -- Jane Austen-ish. There were many passages that were quite profound. This was the first Elizabeth Haskell book I have read but it will not be the last!
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Dua'a Behbehani You should read north and south! You won't regret it! Awesome review btw!

Elaine Thank you and thanks for the recommendation, too!

Erin Loved it!

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