My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
5 Reasons I loved The Weaver’s Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd
1. It’s a regency retelling of Romeo and Juliet—star crossed lovers and all (my favorite trope).
2. Ladd brings awareness of soldiers suffering from PTSD. I love books that discuss mental illness.
3. Ladd discusses themes of tradition versus progress. I honestly struggled to pick a side throughout the story.
4. The writing is lush— think Mr. Darcy’s profession of love in Pride and Prejudice.
5. It reads like YA. At times I forgot I was reading a regency romance.
I recommend this regency romance to fans of Romeo and Juliet and Pride and Prejudice because you will swoon over the lush writing. This piece is also a nice transition for YA readers wishing to try regency romance. The characters are coming of age so YA readers will be able to relate and will feel like they have not strayed too far from their comfort zone.
*Thank you TLC Book Tours for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review.