Blackberry and Wild Rose

Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
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Set in 18th-century Spitalfields, London, Blackberry and Wild Rose is the rich and atmospheric tale of a household of Huguenot silk weavers as the pursuit of the perfect silk design leads them all into ambition, love, and betrayal. 

When Esther Thorel, wife of a master silk weaver, rescues Sara Kemp from a brothel, she thinks she is doing God's will, but her good deed is not returned. Sara quickly realizes that the Thorel household is built on hypocrisy and lies and soon tires of the drudgery of life as Esther's new lady's maid. As the two women's relationship becomes increasingly fractious, Sara resolves to find out what it is that so preoccupies her mistress....

Esther has long yearned to be a silk designer. When her early water colors are dismissed by her husband, Elias, as the daubs of a foolish girl, she continues her attempts in secret. It may have been that none of them would ever have become actual silks, were it not for the presence of the extraordinarily talented Bisby Lambert in the Thorel household. Brought in by Elias to weave his master piece on the Thorel's loom in the attic of their house in Spitalfields, the strange cadence of the loom as Bisby works is like a siren call to Esther. The minute she first sets foot in the garret and sees Bisby Lambert at his loom, marks the beginning of Blackberry and Wild Rose, the most exquisite silk design Spitalfields has ever seen, and the end of the Thorel household's veneer of perfection. 

As unrest among the journeyman silk weavers boils over into riot and rebellion, it leads to a devastating day of reckoning between Esther and Sara. 

A Library Journal Editor's Pick of Best Debut Novels of Winter/Spring 2019.

©2019 Sonia Velton (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A Fine Piece of Literature

The story is a beautiful symbolic spun tale. It masterfully balances the circle of life‘s duplicities.

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Ending as it should

I like that this novel did not end entirely happy, as many do. The ending was as it should be; as reality would be. The story is interesting and keeps readers, or listeners in this case, engaged, and entertained. I would recommend this title to those who enjoy historical fiction.

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Surprising !

One of the best historical fiction stories that I've read this year ! The plot was layered and took quite a few unexpected turns, and the alternating narrative voices between Esther and Sara, women from different social backgrounds and with opposing personalities, added intrigue and even suspense. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Both of the narrators were fantastic.