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Penguin Classics presents Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters, adapted for audio and available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by Penelope Wilton.

"Eh, miss, but that is a rare young lady! She does have such pretty coaxing ways...."

Seventeen-year-old Molly Gibson worships her widowed father. But when he decides to remarry, Molly’s life is thrown off course by the arrival of her vain, shallow, and selfish stepmother. There is some solace in the shape of her new stepsister, Cynthia, who is beautiful, sophisticated and irresistible to every man she meets. Soon the girls become close, and Molly finds herself cajoled into becoming a go-between in Cynthia’s love affairs. But in doing so, Molly risks ruining her reputation in the gossiping village of Hollingford - and jeopardizing everything with the man she is secretly in love with.

Part of a series of vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives. Affordable, collectable, quality productions - perfect for on-the-go listening.

©2012 Elizabeth Gaskell (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd

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Just as Good The Second Time Around

I don’t often read a book twice, but I had already read most of Elizabeth Gaskell’s works than I indulged myself in a second reading. This time through Audible. I loved it just as much, or probably more. This was because it’s so enjoyable to listen to a book—especially with the lovely narration of Penelope Wilton.