The Weaver's Daughter

The Weaver's Daughter

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 ri...

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Author:Sarah E. Ladd
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  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    I loved the feeling of being immersed in the setting as I read this book! The author wove in details of the weavers, mills, and the politics of both sides without becoming boring, rather it enhanced the plot and showed insights into the characters and the hard work they tackled. It reminded me very much of the BBC miniseries of North and South, with industry being at the forefront of everyone's lives. Kate is a strong woman who has been raised participating in the work of the weavers, but as she

    I loved the feeling of being immersed in the setting as I read this book! The author wove in details of the weavers, mills, and the politics of both sides without becoming boring, rather it enhanced the plot and showed insights into the characters and the hard work they tackled. It reminded me very much of the BBC miniseries of North and South, with industry being at the forefront of everyone's lives. Kate is a strong woman who has been raised participating in the work of the weavers, but as she is ready to take on more responsibility, she finds that her father and others only see her value in marrying to strengthen the weavers' position. She struggles with the conflict between her stubborn father and her brother Charles who has chosen to work as an accountant for the mill owners. I loved her relationship with her brother and felt bad that they were being made to choose between the life they grew up with and a brighter future. Her unlikely friendship with Henry was so sweet and as he continually shows his compassion and kindness, her eyes are opened to new possibilities for the community. The story has a steady pace as tensions mount and conflicts arise, and I was surprised by how far the weavers' protests went. I appreciated the history and learning more about this difficult time of change and transition and how it affected families and communities.

    (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  • Deanne Patterson

    This author is an absolute auto buy for me when she has a new release out. A slow to start romance, the book really hooked me. A romantic Regency suspense that I was able to guess until the end. The story wasn't a bunch of fluff romance but the story built steadily with a great story . Work at the mill is assured for everyone in this small village. That's how they support their families but as we all know life changes. Times evolve and get more modern and people start to get replaced by machines

    This author is an absolute auto buy for me when she has a new release out. A slow to start romance, the book really hooked me. A romantic Regency suspense that I was able to guess until the end. The story wasn't a bunch of fluff romance but the story built steadily with a great story . Work at the mill is assured for everyone in this small village. That's how they support their families but as we all know life changes. Times evolve and get more modern and people start to get replaced by machines in the wool mills even back in 1812 . With many men out of work and no way to support their families riots start and tragedies occur. Henry Stockton takes over the mill with his grandfather's passing. Will he bring new ideas that make people happy and will he be deemed trustworthy after his grandfather made so many enemies? Kate Dearborne has been warned to stay away from Henry, their families are in competition with their mills but they keep finding themselves at the same places at the same time. Can their hearts trust and will love find wings and fly? The author does and excellent job of engaging the reader throughout the book. I hope to see stories from some secondary characters, namely Mollie, who has a child of of wedlock and Charles, Kate's brother.

    Pub Date 10 Apr 2018

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson--FICTION through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Julie Carpenter

    4.5*

    Today was a fabulous day! I was able to dive into this book and become immersed in the lives and culture of the weavers and millworkers of Amberdale, Yorkshire, England. The tension was palpable, the strife was straining at the seams, ready to burst and be set aflame with only the slightest spark of anger.

    With progress comes change. Often, that change means loss of livelihoods for skilled, hard workers. That is exactly what is happening, and has been happening for many years in this little

    4.5*

    Today was a fabulous day! I was able to dive into this book and become immersed in the lives and culture of the weavers and millworkers of Amberdale, Yorkshire, England. The tension was palpable, the strife was straining at the seams, ready to burst and be set aflame with only the slightest spark of anger.

    With progress comes change. Often, that change means loss of livelihoods for skilled, hard workers. That is exactly what is happening, and has been happening for many years in this little mill town. When the demands for product increase and the ability to meet those demands comes at the price of new equipment, less men to work the equipment and less pay going out, it is hard to ignore progress. Yet how can you ignore the people who have become like family, whom you work with day in and day out for years on end?

    I loved the prologue. It was a great way to set up a glimpse 10 years prior to the main story, and the frustrations starting, by showing an incident that truly fueled hurt and anger. Yet, I loved having that glimpse of a certain character and then watching that character throughout the whole novel. The choices made and the growth brought on by the goodness and mercy of this character. I should probably include loving heart as well as goodness and mercy when describing said character. I could also tell you who the character is. You've probably already guessed that it is one of the main characters and you'd be correct. Kate. From the beginning setup of the story and her plight, the reader is connected emotionally to her through her hurt, her loss, her ache, her anger. Then throughout the book we watch as she evolves and grows. Becoming better than she began. While all around her is churning turmoil and anger being stirred up and fueled by greed.

    How long can anger and feuds, past hurts and wrongs last? Especially without it eating away at you? Changing you. Affecting all those around you. What would you do to protect the ones you love? How long can going to any length to protect everything around you not completely change and make you unrecognizable to loved ones. Everyone is affected, especially in a small village where everyone relies on each other. When lines are drawn, which side do you stand on? When loved ones are on either side, what then? Do you try to cover up past mistakes or do you be truthful and honest even with the repercussions that are sure to come? Will peace, redemption and love ever be attainable again?

    Just a handful of questions for you to think about and all questions that pertain to so many characters throughout this book. It was very well written. I loved the themes of redemption and change and also of not forgiving. Sarah E. Ladd is very skilled in writing flawed characters who endear themselves to the reader, leaving us wishing, hoping and even silently cheering them on in their progression. We're hoping for good to prevail and for love to conquer all. The suspense and sorrow build with a sweet resolution and peace. Yes, if you can't tell, this is a Christian Fiction novel. It wasn't preachy but woven gently throughout the story of everyday characters living their lives and interacting with other as flawed characters.

    Henry Stockton. He returns to the mill of his childhood. The mill where he left many lingering questions behind, only to return with haunting memories of war. What he returns to isn't peaceful. It's struggle and loss and sorrow. He must learn to navigate it all, keep the peace if possible and try to find peace in his own personal demons. There isn't a lot of emphasis on any particular demon he's dealing with from being at war.

    Kate is torn. She's loyal to her family. But what happens when that family is on both sides of the struggle? She must choose between family, and decide where to place her loyalty. Or does she sidestep it all, abandoning everything? Or does she choose to do what's right? With the pressure from all sides, friends, family, her heart and sorrows from the past, Kate finds herself torn as to what to do. Yet she could be the means of peace and good if only her family will listen. The weavers and millers must find a way to stop this feud before more heartache and loss ensue.

    I really enjoyed this story. Anytime Sarah E. Ladd has a new book coming out, I jump for joy. I love her writing style and her stories. If you're looking for a great read I highly recommend this one, or any of her novels. I took off half a star because there were some aspects that were built up throughout the story that didn't resolve, or really just petered out. Aspects that I felt could have been explored a little bit more and develop a little more tension to the story. Don't get me wrong. There was tension, but I would have liked to have these aspects add a little more dimension to the tension. Overall, I enjoyed my time immensely while reading about these characters. The love story is sweet and builds gently throughout the book. Henry's just swell! I am looking forward to seeing if she gives a couple other characters in this book their own story and continues on with this series.

    Content: Clean. Some remembrances from war, some fighting and gunshots. A murder. No sexual content. This is a Christian Fiction read as I mentioned above in my review but very well written and appropriate for this time period.

    I received a copy from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.

    Happy Reading!!!

  • Sarah Sundin

    The Weaver’s Daughter is a fresh take on the Regency Romance. Focusing on the birth of the Industrial Revolution, Sarah Ladd shows us how the painful beginnings changed society – all brought to life through the eyes of appealing characters. Henry and Kate’s romance is sweet and compelling, and the story is an exciting and romantic read. Highly recommended!

  • Hannah

    Now this one is a very good story! A Regency centered around the strife between the weavers and the millers as machine-weaving mills take over the previously hand-done cloth industry—both unique and interesting in scope. It was hard to lay it aside to do other tasks, and I found both Henry and Kate to be equally engaging and principled characters. It was a joy to spend time with both of them, to see how Kate endeavors to show respect to her difficult father, and how Henry defends his livelihood

    Now this one is a very good story! A Regency centered around the strife between the weavers and the millers as machine-weaving mills take over the previously hand-done cloth industry—both unique and interesting in scope. It was hard to lay it aside to do other tasks, and I found both Henry and Kate to be equally engaging and principled characters. It was a joy to spend time with both of them, to see how Kate endeavors to show respect to her difficult father, and how Henry defends his livelihood with compassion and forgiveness. I wanted to root for both of them to succeed. I also loved how their romance was circumspect and appropriate to the time period they are in.

    The antagonists were also believable and interesting. For example, Frederica is just as trapped as Kate is, despite her fancy lifestyle and better position in society.

    I definitely am hoping that this is the start of a new series, and that we get to have a book on Frederica and a book on Kate's brother Charles!

    Cons: I didn't like how Mollie's having a child out of wedlock was portrayed in a couple places. At first it was made clear that she had asked God's forgiveness for her "indiscretion," but in later scenes it was called "error in judgment" and "perceived sin," which made it sound like she had done something all that bad. It's hinted that her sin of lying is greater than her sexual sin, while Biblically both are against God's laws.

    Language: "for heaven's sakes" used lightly

    Thanks to NetGalley for a free review copy. A favorable review was not required.

  • Megan

    "The Weaver's Daughter" by Sarah Ladd is a Regency story full of feuding families and forbidden love. It has a Romeo and Juliet feel to it that readers will love! Lovers of historical fiction and the Regency will find a lot to appreciate in this new novel by Ms. Ladd.

    Ms. Ladd excels in her attention to historical detail and her descriptions of the time period and setting. She gives great depictions of the village and English country side. This is not the normal Regency of high society, drawing r

    "The Weaver's Daughter" by Sarah Ladd is a Regency story full of feuding families and forbidden love. It has a Romeo and Juliet feel to it that readers will love! Lovers of historical fiction and the Regency will find a lot to appreciate in this new novel by Ms. Ladd.

    Ms. Ladd excels in her attention to historical detail and her descriptions of the time period and setting. She gives great depictions of the village and English country side. This is not the normal Regency of high society, drawing rooms and balls. Rather it brings the reader to the everyday lives of the working class. I learned a lot about mills and the weavers of the time period while reading. The pace is a little slower with some lengthier descriptions of the mills that some readers may find to be more tedious. I still highly enjoyed the book and it’s nice to have a change of pace once in a while.

    Ms. Ladd also writes her characters in a relatable way. The two main characters are flawed, yet loveable. Kate, our heroine, wants to help her father with his business, but he chooses others to help instead of her. He thinks she should tend to things in the cottage and dye house and be more of a lady. She has spent her life around the business. Her father thinks she needs to marry another weaver and marry for security. It’s all about loyalty and staying in the family business. Yet Kate is strong willed and not afraid to stand up for herself.

    Henry, the hero, is a man who has been to war and is trying to reconcile the horrors he experienced in war to everyday life in his village. He also realizes he’s now entered a new war zone; one between the millers and weavers. I like that Henry realizes that the things he thought mattered before the war–a beautiful wife, possessions and power–don’t really matter. Now he wants safety, security, happiness, justice, hope and forgiveness. He is such a kind man. He and Kate are caught in the middle of their families’ battles.

    Can these star crossed lovers be together? Will they forgo loyalty to their family for love? You will just have to read to find out!

    Content: This is a clean read with a PG rating for some mild content. Some examples of the content are: men drink ale; talk of brandy and smoking a pipe; talk that a woman has disgraced herself by getting pregnant out of wedlock; a man uses snuff; it is said that a man curses, but the words are not actually written; a man seems to have PTSD from war.

    Rating: I give this book 4 stars.

    Genre: Christian fiction; Historical fiction; Romance; Regency

    I want to thank Sarah Ladd, Thomas Nelson and the Fiction Guild for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.

  • Staci

    A lovely tale set in England during the early 1800s. The Weaver's Daughter is about family loyalty, innovation, working conditions and more.

    Kate is the daughter of a weaver. She loves the family business and loves her father. Her father has plans to marry her to one of his employees. Her father treasures tried and true methods and is resistant to technology changes that could reduce employment opportunities.

    Henry is the grandson of the owner of a wool mill. His grandfather embraces technology an

    A lovely tale set in England during the early 1800s. The Weaver's Daughter is about family loyalty, innovation, working conditions and more.

    Kate is the daughter of a weaver. She loves the family business and loves her father. Her father has plans to marry her to one of his employees. Her father treasures tried and true methods and is resistant to technology changes that could reduce employment opportunities.

    Henry is the grandson of the owner of a wool mill. His grandfather embraces technology and seeks out new ways.

    There is clearly tension between the two families. I love that this novel is not so much a romance as it is about the two main characters figuring out their own path and forming their own opinions about how a business should be run and their lives lived.

    Kate is such a wonderful heroine. She is loyal, loving and hard working. I loved how she put the needs of others above her own.

    And the cover...stunning.

    My gratitude to the author and publisher Thomas Nelson for an ARC of this novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.

  • Beth

    A story beset by unrequited love and questions of loyalty, The Weaver's Daughter starts out gently, then culminates in tension-filled scenes and a satisfying ending.

    The setting and time-period make for a compelling read. At this point in history, mill owners and weavers were at odds. New technologies were making production more efficient, and mill owners had to change or risk losing their business. This didn't sit well with the weavers, who valued tradition and loyalty to each other. The new mac

    A story beset by unrequited love and questions of loyalty, The Weaver's Daughter starts out gently, then culminates in tension-filled scenes and a satisfying ending.

    The setting and time-period make for a compelling read. At this point in history, mill owners and weavers were at odds. New technologies were making production more efficient, and mill owners had to change or risk losing their business. This didn't sit well with the weavers, who valued tradition and loyalty to each other. The new machinery that threatened their jobs were the focal point of the strife between the two groups in this story. I found these details to be fascinating. There were North and South vibes all over this story, and I really enjoyed that aspect of it. though Henry Stockton is not quite as stern as Mr. Thornton, it had the same overtones of the disparity between classes. As usual with this time period, I'm always saddened that children were forced to work in order to help their family survive.

    Kate, our weaver' daughter, is caught in the middle. Fiercely loyal to her father, a weaver, and her brother, a worker at Stockton Mill, Kate is already divided between the two men, as her father will not speak to his son on any condition. When Henry Stockton returns from war, she begins to question her fealty to her father, not necessarily because of Henry himself, but because of her father's own questionable loyalty to her. Is her loyalty misplaced, and how will she respond when lives are at stake?

    I appreciated that the story is presented from the points of view of both Kate and Henry. They are both likable, yet realistically flawed. Their characters display compassion for others, with a sincere determination to do what is right. I found both of them to be engaging both as individuals and when they interacted with each other.

    Another character, Frederica, also has a few scenes from her point of view, which had me concerned a bit that she would turn out to be the "villain" of the story and do something cheesy or melodramatic, but that wasn't to be. A complex antagonist, I ended up feeling a lot of empathy for her. It set up things nicely for a story about her, and I hope that's the case because I do think there may be hope for her yet.

    And, ah, I can't resist saying something about the romance. It was sweet, tension-filled, and utterly swoon-worthy. Regency readers and historical romance readers will be find a worthy read in The Weaver's Daughter. I enjoyed every moment I spent reading it and look forward to reading more of Ladd's books as soon as I can.

    I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review; the opinions expressed here are my own.

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    About this book:

    About this book:

    Series: As of now, no.

    Spiritual Content- Church going; Talks about God; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of God; Mentions of churches, church going, services, & ministers; A few mentions of prayers & thanking God; A few mentions of miracles; A mention of a prayer book; A mention of sin;

    *Note: Mentions of ghosts & a man is called one; A few mentions of a man’s demons; A couple mentions of superstitious & evil.

    Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘blast’, a ‘drat’, an ‘idiot’, a ‘what in blazes’, a ‘what in heaven’s name’, two ‘Egad’s, two ‘la’s, and two ‘stupid’s; A few mentions of curses (said, not written); A bit of sarcasm; Finding a murdered body of a family member & blood (up to semi-detailed); A carriage accident, pain, & blood/bleeding (up to semi-detailed); Fighting, gunshots, fires, vandalism, & shooting (to harm, not kill) another (semi-detailed); Seeing a fight/brawl, injuries, & blood/bleeding (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of a war, horrors, battles, fighting, beatings, being shot at, being stabbed, blood/bleeding, seeing others dying, & deaths (barely-above-not-detailed); Many mentions of fires, smoke, carriage accident, fight/brawls, being shot, injuries, & blood/bleeding (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of violence, attacks, crimes, threats of killing and harm, & vandalism; Mentions of a murder, murderer, the body, how it happened, blood, stabbings, & gunshots (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of deaths through fevers; Mentions of hangings & the acts that lead to being hung; Mentions of a work accident, injuries, blood/bleeding, & pain (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of hatred; Mentions of drinking, alcohol, & drunks; Mentions of pipes, tobacco, & smoking; Mentions of lies, lying, & liars; Mentions of gossip & rumors; Mentions of nightmares; A few mentions of duels; A few mentions of jail/prison; A couple mentions of bars.

    Sexual Content- a forehead kiss, and two semi-detailed kisses; Remembering a kiss (up to semi-detailed); Thinking about kissing someone (does not happen); Touches, Warmth, & Recalling touches (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing & Smelling (barely-above-not-detailed, x2); Mentions of Henry’s sister’s pregnancy out of wedlock (no details on how it happened); Mentions of a kiss & kissing (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of flirting, flirts, & people throwing themselves at the opposite gender; Mentions of scandals, reputations, & chaperones; A few mentions of a man looking at Kate with desire (it’s unsaid what kind of desire it is); A few mentions of blushes; A couple mentions of jealousy; A mention of men fraternizing with unmarried women; A mention of a woman using her feminine charms on a man; A mention of men ogling a woman; A mention of men staring at a woman hungerly; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;

    *Note: Mentions of childbirth pain & mothers dying in childbirth; A couple mentions of dresses accentuating a woman’s curves.

    -Kate Dearborne, age 21

    -Henry Stockton, age 25

    P.O.V. switches between them & Frederica (x4)

    Set in 1812 (Prologue in 1801)

    350 pages

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    Pre Teens- One Star

    New Teens- One Star

    Early High School Teens- Two Stars (and a half)

    Older High School Teens- Three Stars (and a half)

    My personal Rating- Three Stars (and a half)

    I’ve actually read all of this author’s other books, but I have to say I enjoyed this one the most due to the substance in it. There’s a lot more drama in this book than I was expecting, based on the cover. I found all the historical parts (the textile industry) fascinating and thought-provoking over the history of making material to later be made into clothes.

    For characters: I loved Kate and her backbone. Henry is very moral, but truly both main characters were, which was very refreshing and came across well. I will admit that it was odd to see Frederica’s POV, but I’m thinking that maybe she’ll have her own book? Oooh, Mollie too, please!

    I do have to mention about the writing style was different then I can recall seeing before. Chapters wouldn’t switch back-and-forth between the main couple like the majority of “romance” books do. Instead it’s a bit of his POV, then a bit of her POV, just the right amount each time. Odd to comment on, but I really liked that.

    I wish that there had been more faith content shown, mainly at times when Kate & Henry could have prayed over the danger within these pages, but it was an engaging read.

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    *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

    *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Thomas Nelson) for this honest review.

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