The Hidden Thread: A Novel
Anna Butterfield has come from the English countryside to her uncle’s house in London to find and marry a rich man. Although this premise is well worn, this lovely novel is anything but trite. Anna Butterfield has loved sketching and painting flowers and landscapes for long as she could remember. While in London, it also provides a welcome distraction from the strict social customs and rules a young lady must obey. During a quick escape to a farmers’ market, Anna captures a wildflower arrangement in a hasty drawing. Her drawing catches the eye of a French weaving apprentice named Henry, about to embark on a master project that will make or break his future. Henri wants to use Anna’s drawing as a design for his weaving project. What follows is a whirling, fast-paced tale about art, design, silk, and English/French relations in 18th century England.
The growing romance between Anna and Henri is the center of the story, as are the many obstacles that keep them apart. It is a rich historical novel with lovely language. I really did feel like I was living in the time period while enjoying this story.
|Page Count||384 pages|
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