Sunday 15 April 2018

Book Review: The Weaver's Daughter


Kate’s loyalties bind her to the past. Henry’s loyalties compel him to strive for a better future.
In a landscape torn between tradition and vision, can two souls find the strength to overcome their preconceptions?
Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder—including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father’s pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.
Henry Stockton, heir to the Stockton fortune, returns home from three years at war hoping to find a refuge from his haunting memories. Determined to bury the past, he embraces his grandfather’s goals to modernize his family’s wool mill, regardless of the grumblings from the local weavers. When tragedy strikes shortly after his arrival, Henry must sort out the truth from suspicion if he is to protect his family’s livelihood and legacy.
Henry has been warned about the Dearborne family. Kate, too, has been advised to stay far away from the Stocktons, but chance meetings continue to bring her to Henry’s side, blurring the jagged lines between loyalty, justice, and truth. Kate ultimately finds herself with the powerful decision that will forever affect her village’s future. Born on opposite sides of the conflict, Henry and Kate must come together to find a way to create peace for their families, and their village, and their souls—even if it means risking their hearts in the process.
My Reflections:

Sarah Ladd writes an exceptional tale with her newest Regency romance, The Weaver's Daughter. 

Readers are in for a treat as they are transported back in time to the early 1800's. This novel does not take place in drawing rooms or under the canopy of beautiful balls, it centres on the labourers of mills, and the very weavers who pride themselves in their craft.

Industrialization and automation are pitting labourer against the proprietor. No one wins in such a battle, and our main characters Kate Dearborne (the weaver's daughter) and Henry Stockton (the heir to the mill) must find their own paths in this turbulent time.

Kate is torn between her fathers strict rules, her family ties and what she believes to be just. I loved her transformation from innocent to empowered to stand up for what is right, no matter the personal cost. 
Kate is forced to make tough choices. She loved her brother, who defected and joined the mills' ranks. Her father refuses to even speak to him. She loves her father, stern and overbears as he is. Then enters the new heir, Henry. He seems different from his grandfather, Mr. Stockton senior. Will she be able to make a difference in her beloved which is on the brink of violence and destruction? 

Henry has his work cut out for himself. Still not recovered mentally from the horrors he had witnessed in the war, Three years is a long time to be away! Being the heir to a large company is daunting! The war has changed him. He no longer wishes to marry the girl he left. Steadfast, dependable and caring, a kind-hearted woman that's what he needs. 

When Kate and Henry's paths continue to cross a tentative relationship develops, and both must decide where their hearts and loyalties lay.

A beautifully written novel filled with stunning backdrops and satisfying substance to the very end. I encourage you to pick this one up, Sarah Ladd can always be depended upon to pen fabulous novels!

I received this book free of charge from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. Thank you, Book Look!

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