The Craft of Love
Benjamin Lewis has created a life for himself as one of the most respected silversmiths and engravers in New York City. For Benjamin, his work is his passion and he has never sought out companionship beyond the close ties of family. Stumbling across dresses sew by his late mother, however, reawakens painful memories fr ...more
Queer and trans people thriving in historical settings!!!! I love that shit!!!!! Lowkey wish it had been longer and shown more of their relationship after getting together but it was still lovely 💕
Benjamin is a transgender man who works as a silversmith 19th century New York. When he approaches a quilt-maker with an important piece of work, the two hit it off and embark on a sweet courtship, which is the main body of this book.
The novella covers their deepening relationship, the fears each of them have about it, and their lives as professional craftspeople in 19th century New York. It's lovely. And ...more
If you don’t usually read/like historical romances, may I recommend you this short novella as a starting point. It’s a good introduction to what the best of this genre has to offer. It’s sweet, atmospheric, feminist, inclusive and beautifully written.
The Craft of Love is about silversmith Benjamin and quiltmaker Remembrance meeting and falling in love in New York, 19th century. Benjamin is ...more
"The Craft of Love" takes place in 19th century New York City and features two talented artisans: Benjamin Lewis is a gentle, soft, tender transman silversmith and Remembrance Quincy is an indomitable, determined, stalwart, and strong-minded bisexual female quiltmaker. The two bond over their mutual admiration fo ...more
I had a thought that reading this felt a bit like being wrapped up in that quilt, drinking tea served from that pot.
The slow-blooming friendship and romance between Benjamin and Remembrance was deeply touching and full of sweetness. This story has the same beautiful simplicity as ...more
This is a sweet m/f historical romance with a trans MC. It's quiet, low on heat and angst, high on kindness and happy-making. I loved the mutual respect the MCs had for each other as professionals. The story is rich on historical details on blacksmithing and embroidering. We get a strong feminist heroine who genuinely cares about other people and their well being. ...more
I loved this, so much. I will try to be more coherent about why soon. ...more
Could have been 5 stars if not for the abrupt ending that left me feeling rather dissatisfied.
I loved how politically active Remembrance was and that she fights for women's rights and to abolish slavery, among other things.
I appreciated that it addressed political subjects like cotton produced by slavery, abolition and working women's rights. It was also incredibly gentle on queer issues, though there was mentions of ...more
Until I reached the end, which was so abrupt I had to keep checking to make sure my Kindle wasn't messing up or something. It's not that I was expecting sex or some elaborate declaration of love and marriage to wrap this book up. But the pacing to end this was so ridiculously off that it brought down my previous enjoyment of the story.
Will I tr ...more
I want to see more characters like these and I do enjoy slower pace, gentler stories, but I wanted a bit more action from this one.
ARC supplied by publisher in exchange for an honest review
When I requested an ARC for this book many moons ago (life happens sometimes) I stated as my reason that we needed more books with soft heroes and strong heroines, especially with the world being the way that it is. The Craft of Love definitely delivers on both counts. Benjamin and Remembrance are characters that are easy to adore. The novella itself manages to convey a sweet historical romance that features well developed character...more
My only slight criticisms are:
a) It took me quite a long time to work out when it was set. I resorted to Googling people that were mentioned which gave me some id ...more
This was so adorable! I don’t normally read much on my phone (so many distractions, hence my ereader) but I wasn’t distracted (much) from this book.
- Loved that the heroine has strong opinions and convictions but isn’t written with blinders to everything but what she believes in
- The hero is a trans man and there SERIOUSLY needs to be more romances starring trans people
- Their loved ones are supportive and wonderful
- Yay minimal angst! (Though I ...more
EE Ottoman writes with such lovely tenderness. Their characters are always good, nice people making their way quietly in the world striving toward beauty and love. I loved this romance even if I wish there were more. I particularly enjoyed the loving details of their crafts of quilt making and silver smithing. And I loved that their secrets (the hero is trans, the heroine was in love with a woman) helped them see and know each other, making their own happiness ...more
This book is sweet from beginning to ending. It doesn't wrench at emotions, it doesn't have a lot of excitement. It's just a nice quiet story about two people falling in love.
I really like the way it deals with Benjamin's gender identity. For the most part he just is. We find out about his past through his memories of his mother.
I really liked the two characters, and liked the development of their relationship.
If you're looking for a sweet story before going to bed, this i ...more
lately novels and i haven't been getting on, anything i can't get read in a day just doesn't seem to get finished
anyways this is a very sweet romance set in antebellum new york between a silversmith and a quiltmaker. i might recommend it to my cross-stitching group, i feel like they'd enjoy the craft feels alongside the romance