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The Silk Weaver's Daughter

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  96 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
The year is 1685 and when King Louis XIV of France, threatens death to all Huguenots, a silk weaver and his family flee the country only to discover that nowhere is life without danger. Pierre and Jacques Garneau are cousins, brought up together by their grandfather in a small Huguenot village. At a family reunion, Jacques warns the devout Pierre that he must soon make the ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published December 19th 2011 (first published March 23rd 2010)
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Apr 11, 2012 Megan rated it liked it
The historical aspect of this book is interesting without being tedious. Because the book was such an "easy" read, I was surprised by how much I cared about the characters in the story. The messages in this book are clear, but not self-righteous. I felt at times that the book could have gone more into depth with some of the characters. Overall, I liked it.
Jan 01, 2012 Betty added it
I wrote "The Silk Weaver's Daughter" because my ancestors were Huguenots who fled to England and I wanted to immerse myself in what I thought their life might be like. While based on the facts I have on my own family, as well as my research on the experiences of other Huguenots, the characters in this novel are all fictitious. Particularly naughty Marc, who is my 'prodigal son.'
Ana Mardoll
Mar 04, 2011 Ana Mardoll rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Destiny's Weave / B003CV7RM8

A tale of romance and familial loyalties set in 1685, "Destiny's Weave" chronicles the hardships and tribulations of the Huguenot families, as the French royal court persecutes and murders them in droves for holding non-Catholic beliefs. As young Louise and Marc struggle with their mutual passion and affection, their families must decide what to do in the face of the coming storm - do they uproot the homes and lives they have worked so hard to build, or do they flee w
Maxine Billings
Oct 10, 2014 Maxine Billings rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! If you're a lover of history, as I am, you will really enjoy it as well. While taking the reader back in time, Mrs. Kales paints a very vivid and colorful picture of the times. And at the same time, she does an extraordinary job of bringing life to her characters in this extremely powerful and poignant story of faith, love, and relationships with family and friends that are enduring and stand the tests of time. A MUST READ!!! :)
Jun 07, 2012 Marti rated it liked it
This was an ok book but not much more than that. I actually do like historical fiction and that aspect of the book worked well for me. However, even though the book wasn't too long, it moved a bit slowly for me. Also, there were too many different problems encountered along the way. For me, at least, it's better when a book centers around one major problem. If you REALLY like historical romances, give this book a try. Otherwise, find something else to do with your time.
Louise the Silk Weaver's daughter is a French Huguenot who must run with her family to England to escape persecution by King Louis XIV'S dragoons. The story is a good one and held my interest. It's tale weaves through the Silk road to East India and beyond. Kindle subscription.
Judy Bullard
May 28, 2012 Judy Bullard rated it liked it
This was a very interesting Historical Fiction novel. Mid 1600's France and England and the difficulties of the French Huguenots - the protestant faith (Calvanism) - and their plight for religious freedom. Very touching story.
Jun 15, 2012 Moye rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Such a tale of leaving France under dire conditions! My Huguenot ancestors were in the same situation, although I do not know their personal story. Love and loss, and finding "home" again, wherever and whomever it turns out to be. Satisfying!
Lisa Powers
Mar 07, 2012 Lisa Powers rated it really liked it
A woven tapestry following a young brides rise in a mans world of trade and commerce. She is one smart cookie. Excellent read
Jun 13, 2012 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is a historic fiction book taking place in the 1600s to a family of Huguenots who escape France and flee to England. has a little bit of everything in the book.
May 29, 2012 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A historical novel set in France and England in the late 17th century. I read so many mysteries that this gentle story was a nice change of pace.

Very limited sex (not graphic)
No foul language
Joan Adamak
Nov 21, 2012 Joan Adamak rated it really liked it
An Historical Romance Involving Huguenots

The author has a Huguenot family background, which she utilized to further her story plus extensive research into the political and societal norms of that era. The extremely beautiful daughter of Pierre Garneau, Louise, age sixteen, madly in love with her twenty-two year old second Cousin, Marc Garneau, is around whom the story revolved. Pierre and his wife, Claudine, had several children besides Louise: Jean Guy, Catherine, Claude, and baby Andre. This w
Jul 03, 2013 Cathy rated it it was ok
The year is 1685 and when King Louis XIV of France, threatens death to all Huguenots, a silk weaver and his family flee the country only to discover that nowhere is life without danger.

Pierre and Jacques Garneau are cousins, brought up together by their grandfather in a small Huguenot village. At a family reunion, Jacques warns the devout Pierre that he must soon make the decision to revoke his religion or risk death. Pierre decides that, with Jacques’ help, he will try to get his family to Engl
L.A. Rikand
Jul 06, 2012 L.A. Rikand rated it liked it
Louise Garneau and her family are at the center of this novel about 17th century France and England. What a fantastic period of history to write within when so many interesting events were shaping the future for all of us. Louise and her Huguenot (Protestant) family flee to England rather than convert to Catholicism and their story takes off from there, touching on the formation of the Bank of England, the beginnings of tea in Europe and how sailing merchants make their way from shore to shore t ...more
Jun 13, 2012 Kathie rated it it was ok
This story had so much potential....but there were too many problems. Was there an editor's strike? There were so many, extra commas, plastered throughout each and every sentence, that I thought I would hyperventilate, because I was taking a breath at each one.

The section on China seemed out of nowhere. And while the author did a nice job of researching the political and economic situation of China, she apparently spent no time researching the culture, language and modes/manners. She instead re
Robyn Echols
Fun romance with a satisfying ending. Mostly enjoyed the historical setting, especially the information on the Huguenot persecution in France that prompted their migration to England in the 1600's. Also, I found interesting the information on the role of goldsmiths as far as acting as bankers before there was a national banking system. The only reason I gave it three stars instead of four was that the dialogue detracted from the story--more to the point, too many unnatural monologue speeches whe ...more
Dec 18, 2014 Abigail rated it it was amazing
I found this story to be interesting and educational without being boring. The very first chapter grabbed me with the shocking action and it left me needing to know what on earth was going on. I knew nothing of King Louis' persecution of the Huguenots, or who the Huguenots were for that matter. I learned a great deal from the story.

I also found all of the main characters' struggles to be realistically portrayed and well described. And quite honestly, the whole thing going on with Louise, Marc a
Jun 21, 2012 Erica rated it liked it
Love historical fiction and always fascinating to learn about religious prosecution between Catholics and Christians (cannot understand it myself since they seem to have a lot more in common than other religions!). Setting and premise were enjoyable, but in the end, it was all a bit lame. Everything was a little too nice and tidy. Especially by the end. There were a few premature deaths, but really, the main characters all ended up in good shape. I guess sometimes its nice to just have a happy e ...more
Mar 10, 2014 Pauline rated it liked it
Quite a good read. Expected a bit about silk weaving in the book but none which for me let it down a bit.Will look out for more by this author though.
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Elizabeth Kales began her career by writing television and radio advertising for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Later, she worked in the travel industry for many years and had numerous travel articles published in newspapers and trade journals. She currently lives in Western Canada with her husband and their cat.
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