Monday, May 8, 2017

The Hidden Thread
by Liz Trenow

Publisher: Sourcebooks
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  When Anna Butterfield's mother dies, she's sent to live with her uncle, a silk merchant in London, to make a good match and provide for her father and sister. There, she meets Henri, a French immigrant and apprentice hoping to become a master weaver. But Henri, born into a lower class, becomes embroiled in the silk riots that break out as weavers protest for a fair wage.

Kritters Thoughts:  Anna Butterfield comes from a small town and with the passing of her mother, her father sends her to relatives in big city London and with the culture shock she is expected to become a lady of society and find the match best for her family.  When a chance encounter happens right when she gets in town, it will turn her life upside down.

What a great book!  Another historical fiction book that informed me of what is going on in that time for society and women specifically and schooled me on the business of silk.  I have read a lot of historical fiction books that comment on fashion and the evolution, but I loved how this book zeroed in on silk and the complexities of making it, designing with it and the business of it.  I have said this before, but I love when a book makes me want to google and find out more and this one did over and over again.  

As I touched on before this book dealt with class issues and the importance for women at the time to pick the right mate, not for love, but for the future of themselves and their families.  It is always interesting to read a book where a character is conflicted with going along with the family expectations or completely rebelling and going the opposite direction!

I loved this one.  I was nervous about reading it after having read a lot of historical fiction in a row, but with a different setting and a different spot in time, this one felt unique compared to my recent reads.  


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2017 Challenge: 9 out of 50

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Sourcebooks.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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