Book Talk 7/6/18
The Weaver’s Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd. Thomas Nelson. Apr. 10, 2018. Netgalley.
Amazon’s blurb: 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 hoping to find a 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 out the 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.
My review: I liked it. Kate and Henry are the children of weaver’s. For Kate, who longs to be more of a part of her father’s business but is denied for being a woman. Instead, her father is hinting at her marrying John, another weaver, who will take over the business as Kate’s brother works for the Stocktons. Henry Stockton, returning from war, finds things much different than he remembered. He’s intrigued by Kate but being pressured to marry another by his grandfather. As weaver wars result in his grandfather’s death, Henry is not sure who to trust or how to make a go of things on his own. Can the two make it past the mounting barriers into a relationship based on trust?