Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, (29 Sep 1810 – 12 Nov 1865), was a British novelist and short story writer of the Victorian era. Gaskell’s works are picturesque portraits of live of dwellers of various layers and levels of society, from the poorest to the richest. The most know work of her are Cranford (1853),North and South (1854), The Life of Charlotte Bronte (1867) and Wives and Daughters (1865). Half a Life-time Ago is a novel by Elizabeth Gaskell. The story revolves around Michael and Susan, two lover meant to get married. Everything seems well, they are happy together, they have just bought a farm in the outskirts of New-York. But destiny is about to bring enough ordeals to young Scottish farm girl, to turn her old before her time. Is there a possibility for this story to end well? Read and find out!