Release date - 26th January 2017
Book length - 312 pages
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Anna Butterfield moves from her Suffolk country home to her uncle's house in London, to be introduced to society. A chance encounter with a local silk weaver, French immigrant Henri, throws her from her privileged upbringing to the darker, dangerous world of London's silk trade. Henri is working on his 'master piece' to make his name as a master silk weaver; Anna meanwhile is struggling against the constraints of her family and longing to become an artist. Henri realizes that Anna's designs could lift his work above the ordinary, and give them both an opportunity for freedom . . .
This is a charming story of illicit romance, set against the world of the burgeoning silk trade in 18th century Spitalfields - a time of religious persecution, mass migration, racial tension and wage riots, and ideas of what was considered 'proper' for women.
THE SILK WEAVER by Liz Trenow is a beautifully written historical novel that will bring you on an emotional journey from start to finish. Anna Butterfield finds herself thrust into London society after the death of her mother, and she struggles with the rigidity of society's rules, and what is deemed acceptable for proper ladies of the eighteenth century. Intelligent and determined she wants more from her life than mundane drudgery, and she yearns to be an artist. And when Anna accidentally meets Henri, a French immigrant and silk weaver, together they may be able to grasp everything their hearts desire. But with opposition from every side, and tensions boiling in the streets of London, Anna and Henri's path together will not be smooth. With exquisite detail, silk weaving and London at that time is brought to life among the pages, and we get to experience it in all its shades and colours - including the harsher tones of life and love at that period of history. THE SILK WEAVER by Liz Trenow is a compelling historical novel and I highly recommend it.
BOOK RATING - 📖📖📖📖📖 5+
Liz Trenow's family have been silk weavers for nearly three hundred years, and the company is one of only three still operating in the UK today, weaving for top-end fashion houses and royal commissions.
It is this remarkable silk heritage that has inspired many of Liz's four novels, including the most recent The Silk Weaver (UK pub Jan 2017) It will be published in the US as The Hidden Thread in May 2017.
It is set in London in the 1760s in the very house in which the family company began, just down the road from where the pre-eminent silk designer Anna Maria Garthwaite lived at the same time. It is the unknown early life of Anna Maria that has inspired the plot, set against the historical backdrop of racial tension and industrial unrest.
With beautiful illustrations of Anna Maria designs throughout, this will be a book to treasure. For more information:
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Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger from Ireland. Oh and also a wife and mother!
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