TLC Book Tours: The Weaver's Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd
The Story: (from TNZ fiction)
Kate’s loyalties bind her to the past. Henry’s 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 plans to modernize the family’s wool mill, ignoring the grumblings from 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 a 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, their village, and their souls—even if it means risking their hearts in the process.
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My Thoughts:I love historical romances. Give me a castle, a duke, or a princess and I'm usually a happy camper. However, I think there's a point in time when we all get burnt out on even our favorite genres. Regency romances are my all-time favorites buuuuut, I'm over the ballroom scene for the moment.
I was over the moon to discover that Sarah E. Ladd's latest novel is the first in a new regency romance series SET IN A MILL TOWN. Hallelujah! Hooray for broadcloth. Three cheers for a fabulous novel that reminds me of Elisabeth Gaskell's North and South and the British TV series, The Mill. While it wasn't quite as gritty as The Mill, Ladd addresses child labor and what progress meant for mill owners and their employees. Did I mention there's forbidden romance, too? Ummm...yes, please!
There are about a million loose threads (no pun intended) in this book, so I'm really hoping there's at least a second book this year. I am very curious to see how Mollie Stockton and even the vapid Frederica Pennington fare as past scandals see the light of day in their small village. Overall, I was really pleased with this regency and wish I could read more like it! I love me a story with an HEA that doesn't involve the fabulously wealthy set.
PS. If you have Scrib, this book is currently available to read for free in ebook and audiobook forms!
~ My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ~*I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*