Thursday, April 26, 2018
The Weaver's Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd
Murder, social pressure, strength, love, faith. Fully engaging Christian Historical.
This is a time of struggle in England with the traditional mode of business of weavers, mill owners and those who provide other services in making cloth. Family owned businesses that also made up the fabric of the village life and livelihood. Of course, as time goes by new options come up and some are more business minded than others in handling that business. Those who make decisions to grow their business affects the others, with some becoming wealthier than others. Combine wealth and society where the wealthy control and socially snub others makes for a stirred pot in a small village.
Kate's family are weavers. She loves her father and brother, but her brother left them to work at the mill, where he feels the future is. Kate is fully capable of running their business but since she is a woman her father will not allow it. She is being forced by her father to marry a weaver. The man of his choice is not happy when she doesn't want to marry him. Years ago Kate's best friend Frederica, from a mill family, cut off their friendship because of her family's wishes, and she too is being forced to make a decision and marry. But the one she wants is not progressing towards her as she wants.
Kate is both very strong and capable yet has deep feelings and feels hurt by her father, friend and the plight of those who are worse off than her.
Henry was away at war and presumed dead. He returns to his home with his grandfather at the mill to find things have changed. His grandfather has grown their business at the expense of others and made him downright mean in the process. Then he is murdered.
Kate is as intrigued by Henry as much as she distrusts him. But her brother does trust him, and she finds herself thrown together with him more and more.
Henry's grandfather and partner want him to marry Frederica, but he is not so sure. And he's drawn towards Kate.
Would the village, let alone their families, allow them to have a relationship?
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