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Summary

In 1857, after two years of writing The Life of Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell fled England for Rome on the eve of publication. The project had become so fraught with criticism, with different truths and different lies, that Mrs Gaskell couldn’t stand it any more. She threw her book out into the world and disappeared to Italy with her two eldest daughters. In Rome she found excitement, inspiration and love: a group of artists and writers who would become lifelong friends and a man - Charles Norton - who would become the love of Mrs Gaskell’s life, though they would never be together. 

In 2013, Nell Stevens is embarking on her PhD - about the community of artists and writers living in Rome in the mid-19th century - and falling drastically in love with a man who lives in another city. As Nell chases her heart around the world, and as Mrs Gaskell forms the greatest connection of her life, these two women, though centuries apart, are drawn together. 

Mrs Gaskell and Me is about unrequited love and the romance of friendship, it is about forming a way of life outside the conventions of your time, and it offers Nell the opportunity - even as her own relationship falls apart - to give Mrs Gaskell the ending she deserved.

©2018 Nell Stevens (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • 07-05-20

Enjoyed... but...

Book starts very well, gets you involved and enthusiastic with the two main characters .
Second half total let down ... specially the erä about Max breakdown and the PhD studies. Often irritably “childish” kind of filler writing.
Story picks up great towards the end though and it was a brilliant finish to write so many different endings!
Audiobook voice presentation excellent.
Often times could relate with the characters and do not regret I read this book.