Sarah E. Ladd. The Weaver’s Daughter. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2018.
It’s been a bit of a rough week, as I’ve been feeling under the weather and barely sleeping. Fortunately, I have some great books on my Kindle that have been keeping me company.
Ms. Ladd’s The Weaver’s Daughter follows the story of Kate Dearborne and Henry Stockton. The Dearborne family have made a name for themselves and their village as weavers. However, Kate finds herself caught between her father, who continues the family’s weaving business, and her brother, who believes that the future will come from wool mills that have sprung up around the area. When Henry Stockton, the heir to the local mill, unexpectedly returns from the military, he finds the town on the brink of civil war. With weavers and mill workers ready to come to battle, Henry seeks a peaceful solution, even as he knows that he must keep the mill afloat to save the town’s livelihood. Though his chance encounters with Kate, he comes to understand the opposite side of the fight, while rediscovering a normalcy long lost during his military career. Together, Kate and Henry must work together in order to save their town and discover a means toward peace and prosperity for both of their families.
In The Weaver’s Daughter, Ms. Ladd captures an intriguing moment in time from the Regency era. Henry and Kate’s story brings life and perspective to a story of great economic and technological change for the people of their village.
Overall, I quite enjoyed reading The Weaver’s Daughter. Ms. Ladd brings a very accessible writing style to a historical situation that could otherwise seem dry in the hands of a less capable author. Kate, Henry, and the other townsfolk have a surprising amount of depth, while other characters’ flaws change the way readers might see these individuals in varying situations. I really appreciated the fact that Ms. Ladd made her story and characters seem unique, in light of how many Regency era stories seem to have exceptionally similar tropes. In comparison, her stories stand out for showing other situations faced by people of the time period. Readers who are somewhat unfamiliar with the period will still this story to be comfortable, as Ms. Ladd provides enough historical detail and explanation that readers can easily follow the plot. I’m curious to see if Ms. Ladd builds upon this story further or chooses to write an unrelated novel next.
Fans of Ms. Ladd’s previous works will definitely enjoy reading The Weaver’s Daughter. Likewise, readers who enjoy Regency era novels by Christian authors will find this story to be well worth their while.
Special thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for the complimentary copy of The Weaver’s Daughter! Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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