North and South
I loved North and South! Elizabeth Gaskell was always so good at writing about the social issues of her time, and her writing, especially in North and South, so gets to the heart of the issues that it remains relevant in some respects even today.
The great concern of North and South was the effect of industrialization on the lives of both workers and industry owners; in fact on the lives of the town's inhabitants.
In North and South Gaskell did an outstanding job of writing a balanced view by presenting both the problems of the working class and the owners with a fair, even hand.
The novel's main character, Margaret Hale, is strong, courageous, and compassionate. I loved the romance between her and mill owner John Thornton. North and South has one of the most satisfying endings of any novel I've ever read.
Of course I highly recommend this book! It's just a fantastic read!