A Well-Done Novel with Interesting Historical Details – Guest Review by Hayley

While “The Weaver’s Daughter” is just the latest of several books by Sarah Ladd, it was a first for me, as I have never before read this author.

“The Weaver’s Daughter” tells the story of a hardworking assembly of weavers as they fight for their livelihood during a time when machine-power of developing mills was quickly replacing man-power of individual families.  With both the weavers and the mill workers and owners living within the same small community of Amberdale, tension runs high, as distinct divisions are made between the residents, and increasing hatred, pride, greed, suspicion, and anger fester among the people.

From the slowly unraveling beginning, to the climactic breaking point, to the happy and partly unexpected ending, “The Weaver’s Daughter” is a story which illustrates the need of forgiveness.  Although this theme of forgiveness is prominent throughout the book, I would not call this book overly faith-based.  “The Weaver’s Daughter” illustrates the need of mankind to forgive one another, rather than the concept of eternal forgiveness.  I suppose this illustration of mankind forgiving one another could translate into a sort of parable of eternal forgiveness, but generally speaking, faith-based concepts are not really discussed to any great length.

Readers who desire novels of clean content will likely enjoy most of “The Weaver’s Daughter”.  Although one storyline in particular is obviously morally wrong, the conservative nature of English society in the 1800s makes the invariably immoral nature of this storyline very clear.

All in all, I am glad to have read “The Weaver’s Daughter”. While I found the “Christian” aspect of this Christian Historical Fiction story to be rather small, I still recommend it as a solid story by a talented author with an imagination for unique storylines and interesting bits of history added in.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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