Set in Regency England, a war is brewing between mill owners and weavers in a small village. The weavers want to continue their traditional role of making cloth but are threatened by the introduction of machinery by the mill owners that will take away their jobs. With their way of life that has been passed down through the centuries threatened, will the weavers take drastic actions to save it?
Kate Dearborne belongs to a reigning weaver family. After the mill owner’s grandson, Henry Stockton, returns from war, Kate keeps finding herself encountering him everywhere she goes. She’s been raised to believe that mill owners and their families are evil, but Henry Stockton seems to care about his workers more than his Grandfather. Kate feels she can help him to see the evil of the conditions of the mill. Will these two unlikely friends become more than friends?
I enjoyed this novel. I liked so many different aspects of it. I like how it looked at how mechanization changed the way work had been done for centuries, but that it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. I like how the book looked at how this affected families and relationships as well. The Weaver’s Daughter also had moments where Henry Stockton must deal with his memories of serving in combat against the French. This is a subject that Jane Austen wouldn’t touch. It was also interesting how he had to meld back into society after being the military for so long. I loved the characters and setting, and I liked the Romeo and Juliet type relationship between Kate and Henry.
“Sometimes I barely recognize him. In years past he would sit with me for hours and talk on any subject, serious or frivolous, it didn’t matter. Now he clutches every thought so close to his chest. He used to be an open book. Not it seems as if his time on the Peninsula robbed him of some piece of his soul.”
“Everyone makes mistakes in their life. It is how you respond to them and learn from them that matters.”
“Her soul felt at rest, for now she knew the true power of love, the unbending strength of loyalty, and the eternal beauty of forgiveness.”
Overall, The Weaver’s Daughter is a great regency book with a stellar romance, great characters and a fascinating look at how mechanization affected traditional workers.
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