About the Book:
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.
Who knew that the English countryside had their own version of the Hatfields and McCoys?! The Weaver's Daughter highlights the growing tensions between old-school, traditional weavers and the progressive mill owners. Pride, stubbornness, and unforgiveness fuel the hatred between the two groups. In the middle of it all are the Dearbornes (a weaver family) and the Stocktons (a mill family). When their fathers staunch refusal to budge on their views fosters a dangerous climate among the villagers, Kate finds herself torn between the two worlds as the debate pitches her brother and the man she is coming to care about- Henry- against her father. Henry also struggles with the realization that his grandfather- founder of Stockton Mill- is not the man he believed him to be, but is rather a cold, ruthless, money-grubbing brute. And of course, as Kate and Henry both find their affections for one another deepening, they face a whole new set of struggles with their forbidden love. Ladd did an exceptional job at building the tension for the reader both between the weavers and mill owners, and between Kate and Henry. The resolution to the issues at the end of the novel were both surprising and satisfying.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required but was voluntary and contains my own thoughts and opinions regarding this literary work.
Sarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance. For more information on her writing, visit https://sarahladd.com/.
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