The Weaver's Daughter
The Weaver's Daughter
Sarah E. Ladd
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.
In The Weaver's Daughter, Sarah E. Ladd gives us a satisfying, clean romance with feuding families (which are either one of my favorite tropes or one of my most hated, depending on how they're handled), generally likable characters and a lovely, pleasant writing style.
Whenever I think of mills, I think of North and South. This book's social/historical issues reminded me of that one a little bit, although here the tension isn't between the mill owners and the workers, but between the millers and the weavers. Sometimes economic friction can be tiresome in fiction, but that didn't happen here, and I was invested in the outcome.
Anyway, this book was just what I need to unwind this afternoon. :)
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.