Wives and Daughters

Wives and Daughters

A novel about relationships, Wives and daughters, describes the lives of two families from the nineteen century, the family of doctor Gibson and squire Hamley. The story, embroidered with a touch of comedy and romance, portrays the young woman, Molly Gibson, in her journey towards her own marriage. Her life gets complicated when her father – who was a widower – marries a second time and she has to accommodate with her new mother and stepsister.

The relationships between family members take shape and develop as the novel progresses, emphasizing Molly’s transition from a little girl to a married woman. Faithful to core virtues as charity, obedience and chastity she surpasses the hardships of life and ends having a happy married life.


  • Author: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (1810 – 1865)
  • Original title: Wives and Daughters
  • Original language: English
  • Genre: Family drama
  • Release date: 1866
  • Public: Adults, teenagers
Wives and Daughters (BBC)


Alexandra Potroghir (B.A., Modern Applied Languages, English/German) is an avid reader and, at the same time, an aspirant writer. She thinks that is really hard to write really good fantasy stories after Tolkien set such high standards for this genre. And yet this thing does not impede her from working hard to improve her style.

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