I love period books that just sweep you off your feet. The Weaver’s Daughter introduced me to Sarah Ladd and I must say that after reading this book, I will definitely add her to my favorite author list. Her beautiful novel effortlessly weaved a story of love, familial loyalty, loss and the empowerment to seek out the truth bringing adversaries to allegiance risking everything to protect the present and future.
I think the book summary brilliant summaries the heart of the book. Here is what it is about:
"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."
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this. For a period novel, she does an amazing job creating a beautiful story that transcends time and just as a reader, you just become some absorbed in this book, placing you in that time. The pace of the book and the way the novel carried itself through the plot was like a gentle breeze. Sarah gives us wonderful characters to dive into and I don’t feel there was a moment that I have any criticism towards the way the book. The layers of the plot peeled itself back as is developed. The story came together the way it was supposed to be. I’m definitely looking forward to what’s to come. I’m recommending adding this one to your TBR list!