Sarah E. Ladd’s The Weaver’s Daughter offers a look at the changing landscape of the textile industry in England. Think Industrial Revolution, cottage industry, textile mills, factories vs. artisans. Toss in a little romance, and you’ve got the gist of this story.
My thoughts: Not as interesting as some books in this vein, but still a solid read. I loved how that iconic crimson cloak just seems to embody Kate’s character. I enjoyed Kate’s relationship with her big brother Charles, and the slow-growing romance between Kate and Henry was sweet. Definitely some Darcy/Elizabeth Bennett moments, especially that scene the night Pennington was *spoiler.* (BTW, I totally saw that revelation coming.)
I did enjoy how Kate clung to her convictions rather than simply to ‘weaver’ or ‘miller’ stances. She chose to do what was right and kind, even when it hurt. And Ladd’s books are always well-researched, with the historical details woven in seamlessly. Pun semi-intended. 🙂
My rating: 3.8/5 stars
Recommended for: fans of Sarah E. Ladd’s books; readers of Regency and Industrial Revolution era fiction; those who enjoy historical inspy romance
Note: I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley and Thomas Nelson. All opinions are my own.