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What People are Saying . . .
A beautiful love scene and very much about making love. There was a great deal of tenderness and romance interspersed among the details which made it more real. (John was fabulous) - Monica from Canada
Dear Loyal Wynyard
I've read John Thorton Look back to back at me twice this past month, I am about to start reading for the third time. Thank you for the wonderful story. Hope to welcome another one this year. Please write more of the love of Jonh and Margaret.
Cecilia (from the Netherlands)
You 're stories have sex, drama, romance and personality.
When I read you're stories about John and Margaret ( and believe me i read a chapter or favourite paragrahp each day)
these characters, come to life, and i can close them into my heart. (Just like I did the movie!)
Your way of writing a story / book, is by telling the story. ( You're not writing a book, but telling a story !!) And yes there is a difference !!
And i personally love that. !!I It is a very nice experince.
Is that the wrong way of writing a book ? I don't know
Will that exclude you of becoming a professional writer? I don't know.
It is you're style and some may appreciate it, others me not.
However i think that most professional writers, the're characters come to life only on paper. The're characters are distance untouchable, and abstract.
But you have these characters very close to your heart. !! I think there with you a great part of the day.
You love them, and so you can bring them to life, as real people who have love, sadness, happiness and fun with each other.
Please, please . . . more of John and Margaret. The book was so romantic, it took me a way. Waiting patiently for the next one. - Claire UK
I can't say enough good about this. It's hard to believe this is your first book. You have captured the spirit of John Thornton and Margaret. Thank you for giving us a bit more that the film didn't. Where's the next one. - Barb Minnesota
I really enjoyed this book. It is very well written. The characterization of John and Margaret was very believable. They are portrayed as two very passionate people that have faced and overcome very difficult circumstances and found their way to love. I'm glad that there is fan fiction being written for North and South as it is such a tremendous story. The 2004 BBC television series was excellent and I view this book as a natural spinoff from that show. I am looking forward to seeing more books, i.e., sequels, variations, what ifs, about this and other fine pieces of literature. Jo Ann Jones
This review is from: John Thornton, Look Back at Me (Paperback)
And what a serial it is!
Compelling and witty, this novel pulled me in from the very beginning.
It is well written and reads easily.
It also moves, which is very important to me.
I have to "feel" a book as much as i read it.
Anyhow I have just read the whole scene of the seduction of Margaret's virginity. I read the whole thing and at the end of the read Danny asked, "did Loyal really write that"? and then when I said only you did, he then said, "that's beautiful." Now Danny is never anyone to compliment but for him to say that whole love scene was beautiful and he was really in awe that you wrote it. I knew I had to write you while it was still fresh in my mind. So dear friend savour the moment for you have earned it.
Adrian from New Jersey
Loyal, you captured the heart and soul of John Thornton in your story. His all consuming love for Margaret Hale was beautifully expressed! To be loved like that by such a man! Well, it makes me almost weepy! There are many dog-eared pages where I marked how you phrased something like: “As John listened, John knew Margaret was singing the lyrics of a love song straight to his heart.” Thud!
A scene that brought tears to my eyes was when they sat down in front of the fire and Margaret shared her desire for him:
“John fell back on the carpet, reeling at her words, not so much about the conception, but that she desired him enough to let him love her. Every day of heartbreak for the past four years dissolved in those words that she had just spoken. He put his arm over his face, and only pride kept his tears from falling. It was the epitome of his hopes and dreams. A word had not been invented that expressed his emotions at that moment. He was not sure that he could withstand the rush of four years of unrequited love reversing its course. If Margaret’s feelings for him in the past had been a drop of water upon his face, he was now standing under a delirious waterfall…” Heartfelt from IMDB North and South forum