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The Silk Weaver

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,058 ratings  ·  154 reviews
Anna Buttterfield moves from her Suffolk country home to her uncle's house in London, to be introduced to society. A chance encounter with a local silk weaver, French immigrant Henri, throws her from her privileged upbringing to the darker, dangerous world of London's silk trade. Henri is working on his 'master piece' to make his name as a master silk weaver; Anna meanwhil ...more
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Published January 26th 2017 by Pan Macmillan
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May 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Picture that you are standing in front of my bookshelves and you pick up this book.

You: "This looks interesting."
Me: "Yeah... it was."
You(with a raised eyebrow): "'s not good?"
Me: "No.. oh it was o.k. I liked it. "
You: "But..."
Me: Well .. I feel...The writing, the characters, the plot, the author's personal family connection all very interesting..."
You(nodding head): "Expecting Hollywood blockbuster?"
Me(waves hands wildly above head) :
"Made for Saturday night television."

Set in the l
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This was an historical fiction that takes place in 1760. It grabbed me right from the beginning and took me on a roller coaster of emotions as I was reading. It is based on a couple of actual events. The main character, Anna Butterfield, was inspired by Anna Maria Garthwaite who was an English textile designer known for and celebrated for the intricate floral designs she created. The other event in the book is the "silk riots" that took place to fight for an honest wage for the weavers, most of ...more
Mel (Epic Reading)
This book is described as breathtaking in its blurb and I cannot think of a better word. Breathtaking indeed!

So needless to say I loved it. I loved that it was about silk, threads and weaving. I loved the richness of London in the 1700's and the little quotes from 'manual's' and other books that were the 1700 equivalent to today's self-help books.

Not unlike Pride and Prejudice this book is about a woman whom is not happy being a part of the 'typical' high society she could be immersed in. Inst
I received an advanced copy of The Hidden Thread from NetGalley and the publisher. It was an enjoyable and interesting account of a little know revolt of silk weavers in 18th century London. In the midst of the turmoil we have Henri and Anna who fall in love but find themselves divided by their social standing. Theirs is a touching story of overcoming the prejudices and judgment of society to be with the person of choice. It was well-researched and the descriptions of the weaving process were es ...more
Karen Kay
I received this ARC from in exchange for a review.

Set in 1760's London. When country girl Anna's mother died, her father sends her to the city to live with her well-to-do aunt and uncle to be introduced to a prospective husband. Although she receives an engagement offer from an up and coming lawyer, her heart has fallen in love with a poor silk weaver.

The Silk Weaver and/or The Hidden Thread deeply delves into the trade of 1760's silk weaving including the politics around it. Many
Cora Tea Party Princess
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
5 Words: Family, silk, business, class, love.

This book is well written, with a split narrative of two very distinct and different voices. I did find that it took me longer than usual to read this book, but that was because I spent a lot of time sitting and reflecting as I got to the end of each of chapter. The story itself is well paced, a slow build up to a fantastically fast-paced ending.

I loved Anna's character, how she kept her free will and what made up the essence of herself despite the ch
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Excuse my candor, but I’d love to know what the designer was thinking when they created the jacket for Liz Trenow’s The Hidden Thread. Were they not informed that novel takes place in the 1760s or does Sourcebooks Landmark honestly think American readers are too dense to notice the anachronistic imagery? My money is on the latter as twentieth-century literature is trending in the American market, but either way, I am intense
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: three-star
Having read a few other of this authors books, I was excited to try her latest release. I love the background to her writing, in that when researching her ancestry Trenow discovered her family history of silk weaving and production of fine clothes and materials, thus inspiring her work.

Although this story was a little different to her previous books, I did enjoy it for the most part. It's at a fairly slow moving pace so have patience. The writing isn't too taxing so fans of historical fictional
4.5 stars
Set in London 1760, The Hidden Thread by Liz Trenow brings to us this delicate story of love, hope and will.

After the death of her mother, Anna Butterfield arrives in London to stay with her Aunt and Uncle’s family.  Mr. Sadler, her uncle, is one of the well-established mercers in the silk industry. At that time, the only hope for such a young lady was to marry into a rich family. It was also the only means to support her father and sister. The Saddlers, being well connected in London s
Karen Whittard
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley, Pan McMillan and Liz Trenow for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

Ok I'm going to try and do justice to this book with this review as I really loved it. I believe everyone should read this book.

This book took me on an emotional journey. I was smiling and crying and sometimes at the same time. It is full of lots of different topics. Racism, romance, wage riots, persecution - religiously, gender, race, status and much more.

It is set in Spitlefields i
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So many words come to me when I recall my thoughts about reading this book. Sadness, loneliness, greed, young love, snobbiness, gut wrenching, these are just some of the feelings I felt and things that happen in this story.

A young girl (Anna) is sent to live with her aunt and uncle in the big city of London. Her widowed father and young sister still live in the country where she longs to still reside. Anna's aunt and uncle own a silk business and are considered not among the most wealthy but we
I pick this up on an impulse, as it involved a topic that I was interested in - silk weaving in London in the late 1700s.

It's a nice little book, where a young woman, Anna, goes to London to stay with her aunt and uncle. She needs to make a good marriage to restore the family fortunes - her father is poorish parish priest. Her uncle sells silk, and both aunt and uncle are obsessed with following the latest rules and fashions of society. Anna feels confined by their dictates, and is intrigued by
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Hidden Thread by Liz Trenow is set in London in 1760. George III is the King of England and the naturalist movement is gaining momentum. Anna Butterfield is heading to London to stay with her father’s sister and her family. Anna is leaving her small village and her family for the first time. She is to try to make an advantageous match to help her family. Anna arrives at Spital Square and there is no one to greet her. Anna ends up fainting in the street (lack of food, the heat, and nervousnes ...more
Apr 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Liz Trenow's The Hidden Thread is a historical fiction/romance novel about the silk weaving trade in 18th c London, inspired by Trenow's family history as silk weavers in Spitalfields, East London.

While researching her family history Trenow learned about Anna Maria Garthwaite, a silk designer who produced naturalistic, accurate designs of flowers for brocades and damasks which appear in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The novel centers around a vicar's daughter, Anna, who comes to live with her
Ava Brightly ☕
A tale of history and a 1700's love story: a country girl sent to good society in London to attract a suitor and marry well. Anna, a lover of art, creativity, and nature. While pressed with obligations, her heart would not resign to solely catching a husband but to pursue her interests. She meets Henri, a poor silk weaver. While he may not be a wealthy suitor, he is her creative match.

I loved how the author inserted such a rich history of the silk trade, design, manufacturing, and demand. I had
When I opened the book I was swept back into the late 1700s, London. After her mother dies Anna Butterfly, at the request of her father, leaves her Seaside home and now lives in London with her aunt and uncle. Her uncle is supposed to find her a match who can support her father and sister. But this was not to be. On her first day in the city she meets Henri and there is an instant attraction between them. Henri is a poor French silk weaver and Anna is an artist from an affluent family. However, ...more
Lesia Joukova
That was a very very solid and enjoyable read! The Hidden Thread is definitely a very slow paced book. Our character is mostly lacking the ability to go out into the world and play an active role exploring it, and Henri, the other POV is very dedicated to his work which provides for very few action moments. The final third of the book was the most interesting to me.

I did not feel very invested in the romance because it was so lightly introduced that I just couldn't get on board with the depth of
Jessica Weida
DNF page 176. I couldn't get into this typical Historic romance. Girl needs to marry for money to provide for family, doesn't fit it, finds someone that interests get and she can relate to but can't have...the same old tale. I thought the time period and the different theme of the Silk trade would make this more interesting but it didn't. I forced myself to get this far. If your looking for a light romance that is spice free, it should be the book for you.
Pauline Ross
This was a bit of a disappointment. It should have been right up my alley, being a Georgian-era romance set amidst the silk-weaving trade, so some fascinating historical details to go along with the romance, right? But this line from the blurb hints at the problem: ‘a time of religious persecution, mass migration, racial tension and wage riots, and ideas of what was considered 'proper' for women’. That’s a lot of social history to squeeze into what is, at bottom, a fluffy, cross-class romance, a ...more
Emma Crowley
Fans of Liz Trenow (myself very much included) have been kept waiting just about three years since the last publication from this author and I was beginning to wonder would we ever hear more from such a talented historical fiction writer. Thankfully she has now returned with The Silk Weaver which has the most sumptuous cover. So my only question before I begun this story was worth it the long wait? Well for the most part it was and I felt it was a departure for the author in terms of the era and ...more
Connie Fischer
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
London - 1760

Anna Butterfield, age 18, is traveling in a coach when they encounter a riot. She has left the coach at a public house in Spitalfields where she is to meet her Cousin William Sadler. After the long trip and little to eat, she faints. A young man speaking French kindly assists her and gives her some water. She tells him she is to stay with her uncle Joseph Sadler of Spital Square. He owns and runs Joseph Sadler and Sons, Mercers to the Gentry. When her cousin shows up, he is rude to
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, net-galley, 2017
I love books that educate you and transport you into another place and time. I loved the descriptions of all aspects of the silk trade, importing and costume making businesses and felt you could imagine yourself at the loom creating a masterpiece alongside Henri. You learn about the tensions of the time and the dangerous world. You could feel the social expectations of the time and Anna was like a breath of fresh air. She wanted to be free to befriend whoever she wanted and the freedom to sketch ...more
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hidden Thread is set in London England during the 1760s. Anna Butterfield's mother passes away and her father sends her to live with her uncle in London, who is a silk merchant. She meets an immigrant from France, Henri. Henri hopes to one day be a Master Weaver. Both are attracted to one another but because they are from two different worlds, it is forbidden for them to be together.
I did find Anna and Henri's story in the Hidden Thread to be pretty good. I found the struggles of the merchants t
Keren Krinick
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for the wonderful advanced reading copy of The Hidden Thread by Liz Trenow. I really enjoyed this historical fiction story, set in England in the 1760's, during turbulent times for the silk trade. This story is of 2 talented people, from different backgrounds, which are challenged by rigid social orders of that era, and how they make their way to contentment against all odds. It's a delicate story of struggles and injustice, along with industriousness ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great story, I found myself immersed in the lives of the people within the pages of this book.
As a dressmaker myself I love to read about the subject of sewing and textiles and I wasn't disapointed in this tale about Silk Weavers and I learnt some things along the way. A lovely book to be read and sved and read again sometime soon.
This is close to my Book of the Year for 2019! What an amazing, compelling, beautiful, fascinating, informative read. Botanical artist meets refugee French silk weaver in a forbidden love, in a time of social change and unrest. Rich historical setting, beautiful descriptions of art, design, nature and drawing. Love the depictions of women's lives at that time, and one woman's struggle to escape social strictures. Have Ehret's botanical drawings on my walls, so I was delighted to meet him in fict ...more
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, edelweiss
The Hidden Thread is well-written, well-researched, and a very interesting book about silk weaving industry in 18th century London. At the time the industry faced a number of trials: competition from France, wage wars, and tensions between French immigrants and local English people. The book explores all these in detail.

The Hidden Thread is also a love story between talented but poor French silk weaver, Henri, and Anna, a young English woman from a well-off family. Henri is determined to become
Jo Barton
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspired by real historical events and characters, The Silk Weaver takes us back in time to the London of 1760, back to a time of social and political unrest and to what was an uneasy time if you attempted to earn your living in the burgeoning silk weaving industry.

Not that Anna Butterfield knew very much about the manufacture of silk when she first arrives in London from her home in rural Suffolk. Staying with her more affluent relatives, Anna is about to be launched into London society and alt
Linda Zagon
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank NetGalley and Sourcebook Landmark for the ARC of "The Hidden Thread" by Liz Trenow for my honest review. The genre for this novel is historical fiction. Liz Trenow sets the timeline in the 1700s in England describing silk weaving , and the English and French weavers. In addition we see how silk is imported and the tariffs and taxes imposed, as well as rioting from the weavers for a fair wage. The author writes about a challenging industry and times, and describes the confli ...more
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Romance between two individuals across the social barrier is always uplifting, but more so when the setting comprises of the unique silk trade in 18th century Spitafields. Add to that mass immigrations, racial tensions, wage riots and social constraints and you are reading a book with multiple facets. In short, the plot is fantastic. The characters are charming and have personalities that are very humane, and hence approachable. My only bone of contention would be the narration style. Wh
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Liz Trenow's family have been silk weavers for nearly three hundred years, and the company is one of only three still operating in the UK today, weaving for top-end fashion houses and royal commissions.

It is this remarkable silk heritage that has inspired many of Liz's four novels, including the most recent The Silk Weaver (UK pub Jan 2017) It will be published in the US as The Hidden Thread in Ma

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