Sunday, April 14, 2019

Book Review: "The Weaver's Daughter," by Sarah E. Ladd

About the book:
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. As unlikely adversaries, Henry and Kate must come together to find a way to create peace for their families, their village, and their souls -- even if it means risking their hearts in the process.

My thoughts:
Sarah Ladd is one of my favorite historical fiction writers, and The Weaver's Daughter is one of her best. It's evident that she really did her research in writing about the weaving industry in England in the early 19th century. This story highlights the conflict between tradition and progress, and shows that there are no easy answers. Kate is a plucky heroine who fights her father's insistence that she stay in the background and fulfill her traditional role as a wife and mother. Henry understands the need for progress but is also sensitive to the sacrifices that are made when machines replace people. Despite their different backgrounds, Kate and Henry come to realize that they have more in common than they think, especially their love for their community and its people. I loved watching Kate and Henry's journey toward each other as they learned more about each other's perspectives and realized that solutions can be found through unison rather than opposition.

About the author:
Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing family and spunky golden retriever.

Visit Sarah online at SarahLadd.com
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Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor



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