Book Review for THE WEAVER'S DAUGHTER by Sarah E. Ladd
THE WEAVER'S DAUGHTER by Sarah E. Ladd
A Regency Romance Novel
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A charming tale of love, allegiance, and pushing past what is expected to make decisions for oneself.
THE WEAVER’S DAUGHTER is the type of historical fiction that is not only a romance or a commentary on social issues. It is this combination that creates subtle moments where the reader can see the characters and begin to invest how they will evolve. It is because of this, I soon came to love Kate and Henry. They were wonderful characters on their own, but when the two were together, this is were the sparks fly.
As with any historical novel, the setting as well as the personalities of those depicted set the stage. Ladd did a beautiful job of illustrating the social norms as well as the strife building within the area the Dearbornes and the Stocktons live in. Having both the families hate each other as well as their professions of the weavers and the millers coming to blows truly propels this narrative. There is always a reminder that Kate and Henry’s life would be so much easier if they just stood away from each other.
With every flip of the page, the reader can be transported into the feud of this small village through a well crafted story and even better characters. If you are a fan of Regency tales filled with battling families, the struggles of the working-class, a bit of romance, and a spunky female lead not wanting to conform, this could be the book for you.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
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 seeking 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 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, and their village, and their souls - even if it means risking their hearts in the process.
About the Author: Sarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance. Ladd also has more than ten years of marketing experience. She holds degrees in public relations and marketing and lives in Indiana with her family and spunky Golden Retriever.
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 10, 2018)
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