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Blackberry & wild rose, Sonia Velton

Label
Blackberry & wild rose
Title
Blackberry & wild rose
Statement of responsibility
Sonia Velton
Title variation
  • Blackberry and wild rose
  • Black berry and wild rose
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
1760s, Spitalfields. Esther Thorel, wife of a master silk weaver, rescues Sara Kemp from a brothel thinking she is doing God's will, but her good deed is not returned. Sara, realizing the Thorel household is built on hypocrisy and lies, tires of the drudgery of life as Esther's maid. Esther yearned to be a silk designer, but her water colors are dismissed by her husband, Elias, as the daubs of a foolish girl. Bisby Lambert is brought in by Elias to weave his masterpiece on the Thorel's loom in the attic. The cadence of the loom calls to Esther. When she sees Bisby at his loom, the pursuit of the perfect silk design leads them all into ambition, love, and betrayal. -- adapted from jacket
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Review
In eighteenth-century East London, Esther Thorel, the wife of a prominent Huguenot silk weaver, whose marriage has soured after years of childlessness, rescues Sara Kemp from a brothel and offers her employment as a lady’s maid. Despite her husband’s disapproval of her interest in a masculine occupation, Esther longs to turn her artistic designs into silks and begins to do just that with the clandestine help of Bisby Lambert, the gifted weaver using her husband’s extra loom to create his masterpiece. However, the presence of Sara in the household means that this secret will not remain buried for long, as Esther and Sara become increasingly resentful of each other's perceived hypocrisies and lies. This debut is leisurely paced, but the tension builds steadily as each woman uncovers devastating secrets about the other—and as the dissatisfaction of local silk weavers spills over into riot. The fraught relationship between Sara and Esther is beautifully drawn, and fans of Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist (2014) will thoroughly enjoy this engrossing, atmospheric tale of two women struggling for control of their own lives. -- Martha Waters (Reviewed 4/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 15, p26)
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10779097
Cataloging source
YDX
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Velton, Sonia
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6122.E48
LC item number
B53 2019
Literary form
fiction
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Silk weaving
  • Women designers
  • Designers
  • Lady's maids
Target audience
adult
Label
Blackberry & wild rose, Sonia Velton
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
288 pages
Isbn
9781538507759
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1055914150
  • (OCoLC)1055914150
Label
Blackberry & wild rose, Sonia Velton
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
288 pages
Isbn
9781538507759
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1055914150
  • (OCoLC)1055914150

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