About The Weaver’s DaughterPaperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 10, 2018)
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.
‘Ladd continues to write refreshing Regency romance with a spotlight on the working-class countryside life as opposed to the ballrooms and bustle of London. . . the Romeo-and-Juliet-esque romance between Kate and Henry is perfectly paced and dimensional. . .’ (RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars, TOP PICK)
About Sarah E. LaddSarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing family and spunky Golden Retriever.
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I LOVED this book.
I know it's the usual romance story that has been told a thousand times, and I guess one should know exactly what to expect, and even though I knew full well how it would end, I couldn't help but soak in every single page.
It's the usual man and woman from a feuding family, trying very hard to not allow their feelings for each other to come to the forefront, but unable to hide it for long.
Kate Dearborne and Henry Stockton, are both children of successful business men....weavers. Their fathers have been at odds for a while, and the small village constantly sees itself caught in the feuding families path. Henry goes off to war and is presumed dead by everyone, but reappears three years later, fully unaware that people assumed him to be long gone.
I absolutely loved Kate and Henry, they want so badly to end the families war, but are both bound by loyalty to their father's names and their weaving family business.
It is when they are forced to come together to try and unite the village, that their hearts will be put to the test.
Watching both of their characters develop individually as well as a couple, was such a joy, I honestly could have just kept reading and reading and reading, always wanting more.
Thrown in between all this, we have both Kate's brother Charlie, who has a mind of his own and a difficult relationship with their father, and Henry's sister who finds herself pregnant, not married, and stowed away to London to hide until the *business* has been taken care of.
The Weaver's Daughter gives us an insight into 1800's England and paints the perfect setting for the cloth industry, the ins and outs of the business and how at times, all lines were crossed in the name of a quick buck.
I honestly could NOT put this book down, it is the perfect read for spring/summer.