I interrupt my usual Lutheran proceedings to highlight a non-Lutheran book because it is just that much of a fantastic book!
It seems to me that North and South, the British novel by Elizabeth Gaskell, is the perfect book. Now, there are two or three references to the Irish which obviously hale from a different time and perspective, but, seriously, this may be the most perfectly executed book I’ve ever read in my whole live. And I’ve read a fair amount!
So, I don’t want to give away too much. I’ll say this: Elizabeth Gaskell was mostly published through Dicken’s publications and she was friends with Charlotte Bronte, even writing her biography. The novel itself is like Pride and Prejudice except without the money and focus on London. It’s a Victorian setting that fluctuates between south countryside and a smoky northern industry town.
I got a free Kindle version with a few punctuation oddies, but I highly recommend this book and I am so excited that Wittenberg Academy will be assigning it to my daughter! GREAT STUFF!