Review of “The Weaver’s Daughter” by Sarah E. Ladd

Ladd, Sarah E. The Weaver’s Daughter. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2018. ISBN-13: 9780718011888. $15.99 USD. 

5 stars

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Weaver’s Daughter might be one of Sarah E. Ladd’s best books yet. This story takes a trope that we have seen in fiction countless times and crafts a story with a strong historical context and compelling characters. I was immediately drawn to the hero and heroine, Henry and Kate, and how they are caught between loyalty to their family business and the growing attraction and understanding of each other’s opposing point of view. Ladd also crafts wonderful supporting characters who are the forces keeping the two apart, as well as recreating the conflicts at the center of the Luddite uprisings in the early 1810s.

Much like Ladd’s other work, there is a thread of mystery, and the reveal of who really did it is one of those moments where, while this person’s behavior was not the most honorable up to that point, you may find it hard to fathom why he would have done these things, especially considering the way he was presenting himself to the other characters.

While most of the threads were wrapped up to my satisfaction, I found myself curious to know what comes next for Henry’s sister Mollie, given the way her predicament plays out. She still has some secrets she has not divulged at the end of the book, and while I know this was not an uncommon thing for women in her situation to do, at that she has her brother’s support, she is still vulnerable, and I would like to see her also get a happy ending.

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