3.5 stars. I feel like a jerk for giving the book such a low rating, but I can't help it. It is too much like a cheesy soap opera to me, because I don't really like most of the characters. I do, of course, like Molly and I want her to be happy...but Roger? I don't like the dude shockingly enough. He isn't good enough for her, and I think he is shallow. How else could he look over Molly for so long based on his attraction to a girl he barely even knows? Squire Hamley was a dedicated snob and even he knew what a treasure Molly was. So anyway, I forgive Gaskell for writing such a sucky hero in Wives & Daughters, because she still gets credit for Mr. Thornton. I'll stick with him.