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No Such Thing As Luck: A North and South Variation

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Librarian Note: Alternate/new cover edition for ASIN# B011SQDMW2.

John Thornton is facing the collapse of everything he has worked for all of his life. Through his banker, he hears about a potential business opportunity that could save the mill. He decides to investigate, even if it means traveling from home when he can least afford it.

Margaret Hale, now living in London, l
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published February 8th 2017 by Amazon Digital Services (first published July 21st 2015)
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Rita Deodato
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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No Such Thing as Luck was the first book I ever saw of Nicole Clarkston and it was because of it that I discovered she also wrote JAFF. I’ve read and loved her other two JAFF books (Rumours & Recklessness and The Courtship of Edward Gardiner) but this one will always have a special place in my heart because it is one of the best North and South fan fiction books I’ve ever read.

This variation takes place after Mr. Hales’s death an
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
Dear reader,

If you are a fan of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South,if you are in the mood for a sweet, romantic, utterly compelling and simply adorable story,then this is the book for you!

I was enchanted by this tale and could not put it down. I read it with a big smile on my face and felt so happy to be enveloped in such a warm and beautifully written story.
I forgot about the outside world,so lost was I to the actions,thoughts and desires of John and Margaret.

I loved so many facets of this
J. W. Garrett
“Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work – and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.” Lucille Ball

Until last December, I had never read North & South, Elizabeth Gaskell’s story of the struggles between the industrialized north and the urban south of England. Nicole Clarkston has taken Gaskell’s unique premise and continued the love story between John Thornton and Margaret Hale. He, the northe
Sheila Majczan
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this author’s other book, Rumours & Recklessness, in December of 2015 and found it enjoyable. I had noted at the time to myself that she had written a variation to North & South. As that book is one of my favorites I intended to read her variation (this book) at some time in the future. The blog, More Agreeably Engaged, then listed this book as the favorite variation of North and South and I decided that I would take the plunge and read it. You must see that it kept me enthralled as I fin ...more
Carole (in Canada)
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: North & South, Historical Fiction

This is Ms. Clarkston debut novel (2015) based on the characters created by Elizabeth Gaskell in 1855 depicting the social conditions between the mill owners and their workers in the town of Milton. The two main characters, John Thornton and Margaret Hale have become iconic figures.
Ms. Clarkston has taken this couple on a journey to their happily-ever-after that is much more satisfying than the original.

It was so good to be back in their lives and to journey with them to Cadiz. Margaret had re
The book starts some months after Mr. Hale has died and Margaret is living in London with Edith, her family and Mrs. Shaw. Mr. Bell is visiting Frederick in Spain and is still quite crafty and shrewd in his endeavors to ‘help’ certain situations. Marlborough Mills is in trouble but John has a new idea for saving it. Higgins is working for John and they have already established an easy rapport. (I adore Nicholas Higgins!) The tale that follows from this point is awesome and not to be missed!

I listened to the audio book and this story is a must read or listen to. John Thornton, who is travelling to Spain to save his mill, runs into Miss Hale who is also travelling to the same location. She is injured and travelling alone, so Mr. Thornton travels as her brother. We get to know John's mother , Hannah more thoroughly as well as Frederick (Margaret's brother) and his wife. I fell in love with the honorable, honest, strong John Thornton more than ever during this story. It was so well pu ...more
Joana Starnes
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved every word of this riveting tale that brings Margaret and Mr Thornton together in very unexpected circumstances. A trip across the seas leads to a lot more than Margaret bargained for, and she finds herself travelling with an intriguing companion who comes to her rescue often, and in many different ways. The crossing will make you smile (and sometimes swoon) and you’ll wish Cadiz was somewhere in the New World, so that our beloved characters might have sufficient time to realise how esse ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-it, not-jaff
I tried hard because so many of my GoodReads friends love it, but I must admit I didn't really care for North and South when I finally read it last year. I liked the characters and appreciated the social commentary, but I found it lacking in romance, and the historical detail really bored me. I honestly struggled to finish it. Afterwards, I watched the BBC production and found I preferred that presentation of the story.

Considering my lack of enthusiasm for the book, I've never pursued any fan fi
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brenda by: Nicole Marie
I very much enjoyed this North & South variation. I only wish that N&S variations were as prolifically written as Pride and Prejudice ones! Gems like this book are few and far between unfortunately. Thank you Nicole Clarkston :) ...more
Sheryl Gordon
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Story-Horrible cover

I adored this book. After reading so many books, canon novels and fanfiction, it was wonderful to read a romance where the couple talks through their misunderstandings and reaches their "understanding" without false angst. And, this is a great story as well. The pace was constant which built to riveting. Strong Five Stars. But Ms. Clarkson, the cover? And I think I would have called it 'John Thornton: Not a Gentleman' though truly, he is everything a gentleman shoul
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, ns-ff, favorites
This is a beautiful story that is more of a sequel to N&S. Loved the romance. It was a tad long and I would have enjoyed a bit faster pacing in part, but beautifully writen. For those of us wanting more John and Margaret time, this is your book!! I also enjoyed the sub-plots involving the business and other aspects.

If you love n&S you should read this book!

1st read: 7/2016
2nd listen: 8/2019
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: north-and-south
Margaret Hale and John Thornton due to various circumstances arrive at the London docks ready to depart for Spain. Due to an accident on the docks Margaret is injured and Thornton decides to offer her his protection as her 'brother'. Leading to various problems on the ship and later when they arrive in Spain.
I enjoyed listening to the audiobook, and expect to read the book in the future.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
I love North and South. And I also love the Pride and Prejudice variations by Nicole Clarkston.... I there fore thought this book must be a winning combination and I was not disappointed! I loved this book from start to finish!

The story picks up after Margaret has left Milton. Mr Bell has travelled to Spain without telling her about the inheritance she will receive on his death. He is taken ill in Spain where he is with Frederick. Maybe by coincidence, or maybe by design, John and Margaret end u
No Such Thing as Luck: A North and South Variation
: Nicole Clarkston

I need to say from the begining, I have not read the original book by Elizabeth Gaskell. As others have stated this is a fan fiction. I must say that it took a bit to get into this book, but once it took off it was quite enjoyable. The listener gets to experience suspense, drama, romance, travel, and much more in this historical fiction. The characters were easy to like or dislike as in the case of a few. I need to go back and r
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An alternative tale to North & South - Margaret is summoned to Madera by her brother to see Mr Bell on her deathbed. Determined to go without a chaperon she literally runs into Mr Thorton who is boarding the same ship to meet a potential partner who owns a cotton farm and can save the mill from bankruptcy. Her run her happens at the expense of a dislocated shoulder and as John Thorton cares for her injuries, he vows to protect her onboard the ship. He becomes her "brother" to secure her reputati ...more
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book starts off with John Thornton barely holding on to his mill. He has enough money and product to last through the next several months and then he will have to close his doors. He hears of a business opportunity in Spain and decides to check it out. Margaret at the same time hears about Mr Bell dying in Spain and rushes to his side without a chaperone to see her through the journey. Thornton and Margaret meet by luck at the dock and when she becomes injured they decide to journey togethe ...more
Aug 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5--Decent N/S alternate-(to the UK TV show)-ending story. Quite a bit of implausibility, a good dollop of cheesy PDA and not-so-PDA, but the characters read fairly true. (Okay, I ended up listening to the end of the book at 1.4x speed because I wanted it over, but not enough to just quit, so I'm giving it a 2.5 because a true 3 (like it) would not have had that (is this almost over) feeling. Still, I was in the mood for N/S fanfic and this satisfied.
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this North and South variation!!! Well written and believable - this book is definitely on my re-read list!!! And it is definitely one that I would get a hard copy of (I only buy hard copies now if I really enjoy the book). Hope to see more of this author!
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book didn't do it for me. The book could have ended even before half of it was done. The last half just tried to keep up the story interesting for a bit longer but not successfully...
With a voyage, an accident, an exotic location, a villain, a fist-fight, a wedding, a death, a fugitive, the threat of execution, and plenty of steamy make-out sessions, NSTAL makes a fine plot for a blockbuster film. I loved that Margaret and John rediscover each other in locations foreign to them. It's adventurous with a dash of danger. The flamboyant villain Jiro’s machinations only prove John to be the the brave and selfless knight in shining armour we know he can be, and who doesn’t swoon a ...more
Nancy (essayist)
This is the first full-length "North & South" fan fic I think I've ever read and it isn't bad, overall. Clarkston does a good job of imitating Gaskell's staid tone, especially in the early going here. While Clarkston starts very much in Gaskell's familiar world, she quickly has events take our heroine and Tall Dark Handsome Cotton Mill Owner far outside the confines of Milton. While she relies on some of Gaskell's own plot devices--let's just say dying Mr. Bell and his fortune still play a hand- ...more
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: north-and-south, 2018
I really wanted to enjoy this book as I love Northern Rain by the same author, plus I was in the mood for reading J0hn and Margaret fan fic. It started off very well but then the story dragged and I found the Henry Lennox and Mrs Thornton stories very tedious. I even started to get fed up with John and Margaret, John was too loving (if that's possible!) and Margaret too formidable! I found the climax (!!) with the mistaken identity very predictable.
But it was comforting bedtime reading, stress
Silvana Feijóo
Never tired of having news about Margaret and John. I loved them since the first time I met them, and I am still looking for more stories about them. This is a new whirl. When they had already lost their hopes of being happy together, a ship with a name full of promises, "Esperanza", gives them a new chance of a "happily ever after", through everything.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I'm not sure how close the characters are to the original writing, but the story here is a wonderful read. It's a sweet tale to take the original characters and I am waiting for the next book, due out in 2017.
Shala Howell
Great low-stress read in a high-stress time (moving cross-country very quickly).
Christina (SteepedinBooks)
2.5 stars. I was in the mood for some John/Margaret fic and this fit the bill, though it dragged in places and was a little much sometimes. I did skim some because it feels longer than it needed to be. Still, a sweet enough fix for what ails ya.
Nicole Marie
Status: Read from August 19 to 21, 2015

Rating: 4 stars


My Library Notes:

No Such Thing As Luck: A North & South Variation
by Nicole Clarkston
Paperback, Second Edition, 326 pages
Published February 2017 by White Soup Press (first published August 25th 2015)
ISBN: 1517057736 (ISBN13: 978-1517057732)

Librarian Note: Alternate/new cover edition for ISBN: 1517057736 (ISBN13: 978-1517057732).

A Chance encounter changes everything.

John Thornton is facing the collapse of everything he has worked for all of h
This is a wonderful variation of Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South. I throughly enjoyed reading this book, and highly recommend it. ...more
A wonderful variation of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South, No Such Thing as Luck follows Margaret Hale after she has left Milton for London and receives an urgent note from her brother, Frederick, who lives in exile in Spain. Their dear friend, Mr. Bell, collapsed at Frederick's home while visiting him, and Frederick encourages Margaret to come to Spain to say her goodbyes to her beloved godfather.

At the same time, facing ruin after the strike at the mill, John Thornton hears of a possible p
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Nicole Clarkston is a book lover and a happily married mom of three. Originally from Idaho, she now lives in Oregon with her own romantic hero, several horses, and one very fat dog. She has loved crafting alternate stories and sequels since she was a child watching Disney’s Robin Hood, and she is never found sitting quietly without a book of some sort.

Nicole discovered Jane Austen rather by guilt

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