Mr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Thirteen

Chapter 13 – A woman scorned John stood rooted to the spot, feeling as if he had been kicked in the stomach! He felt the blood draining from his face as he stared at the face of this … well-educated accomplished female he’d supposed was coming from a decent family of bankers. She was … … Read moreMr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Thirteen

Mr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Twelve

Chapter 12 – A very accomplished young lady   Within mere minutes John was on the spot. A number of workers had gathered in the factory hall and were blocking the entrance. “Let me pass!” His voice thundered through the silent hall. The men parted, and he rushed by them, taking stock of what had … Read moreMr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Twelve

Mr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Eleven

Chapter 11 – Dixon smells a rat John lay watching his sleeping wife with a heart full of wondrous feelings. She was so beautiful, his Margaret! The sight of her perfectly shaped face, her glorious chocolate coloured hair, her exquisite little nose and full lips turned his heart into water. His gaze wandered to her … Read moreMr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Eleven

Mr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Ten

Chapter 10 – Margaret, my wife With gentle care, John lowered Margaret to her feet and took a small step backwards. “Let me look at you …”, he said in a husky voice that send shivers of pleasure down Margaret’s spine. She returned his smouldering gaze with a wavering little smile, trying to hide the … Read moreMr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Ten

Mr Thornton takes a Wife – Part Nine

Chapter 9 – Till Death do us part       On Saturday September 10th, John William Thornton of Milton, Lancashire, and Margaret Elizabeth Hale of London, formerly of Helstone, Hampshire, were wedded in a small chapel near Marlborough Mills. It was a bright day with a hint of crispness in the air, an indication … Read moreMr Thornton takes a Wife – Part Nine

Mr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Eight

 Chapter 8 – Trouble is brewing   Once more John carried Margaret inside while Hannah, who had rushed out after Nicholas Higgins, shouted at Jane to fetch the doctor. Dixon came running down high on Hannah’s heels, her benign face frowned with concern. Margaret came to her senses when the pain in her hands became … Read moreMr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Eight

Mr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Seven

Chapter 7 – A catastrophe is looming Jane entered soon thereafter to announce that dinner was served. The party moved to the dining room and took seats. John sat on one table head with Margaret on his right and Mary next to her. Hannah sat on John’s left side and Nicholas next to her. It … Read moreMr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Seven

Mr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Six

Chapter 6 – Engaged to be married Next Friday evening the Thorntons hosted a small intimate party in honour of John and Margaret’s betrothal. It was not a formal engagement party. That would be so if there was to be made an announcement  to both their families of the wedding. As it was, Margaret’s remaining … Read moreMr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Six

Mr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Five

  Chapter 5 – We make cotton The next few days would prove to be extremely busy. While John was preparing the upstart of the Mill, with Nicholas Higgins as his assistant, Margaret and Hannah were working on the wedding preparations. The guest list was not long because Margaret had only her aunt Shaw and … Read moreMr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Five

Mr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Four

Chapter 4 – Gathering Clouds John was horrified at holding Margaret in his arms, injured, bleeding, just like it had been on the day of the riots. His hand was trembling as he reached for her slender wrist. Thank God, he could feel her racing heartbeat and knew she lived. Carefully, he lifted her into … Read moreMr Thornton Takes a Wife – Part Four