EBOOK The Silk Factory
Sister of My Heart gSet just three miles away from my cottage this compelling tale was recommended to me by someone in my bookroup I m very King Alfred's Version of St. Augustine's Soliloquies glad she did because it was a very enjoyable read that kept me engaged right to the end I had a couple of late nights not being able to put it downIf you read it I strongly suggest you look up pictures of the village andarrison online as I could not believe it the first time I saw it a massive Georgian complex dwarfing the village Brooding and atmospheric The Silk Factory embraces two life stories set in dual periods of history With the Rescuing Gus gentlest of touches Judith Allnatt has spun herorgeous threads with care so they interweave seamlesslyThe divine prose magnificent scene setting and energy of the individual personalities that appear throughout have truly brought this story to lifeIn the present day we arrive in the parish of Weedon Bec at the door of a property inherited by Rosie She s had her fair share of trials recently her mother has passed away she s not long separated from her husband plus she has financial burdens to contend withWhilst coping with her two young children and the emotional upheaval of their new circumstances her awkward ex husband and his new partner and an elderly Aunt residing in a care home Rosie still finds herself very much alone She s spinning so many plates that most are crashing #to the roundWith all this stress Rosie begins to believe her mind is playing cruel tricks Shortly after #the roundWith all this stress Rosie begins to believe her mind is playing cruel tricks Shortly after in she experiences some subtly placed yet disturbing phenomena She attributes this to anxiety as a result of the bereavement and her current status and desperately tries to ignore her uninvited house uest Soon she discovers a something that her family had previously laid to rest something that would draw her back to a traumatic period in her own childhood But piecing together
the fragments of a mystery when your only living relative is stricken with dementia will not fragments of a mystery when your only living relative is stricken with dementia will not an easy task for this young mumNestling in between Rosie s story the location remains but we take a step back to a time to the 1800 s where another young family are struggling to cope with the harshest of lives and making ends meet The cruelty and the blatant spite and reed of their employer the silk factory owner are depicted to perfection until the young family of Effie Tobias and Beulah would never be the same againAt the root of both timelines is ordinary life warts and all tragedy endurance and love in all its many uises Although it s apparent that their paths will never cross directly they are touched by the unravelling threads of The Silk FactoryThis is a story that should be savoured not devoured It
*S One I Felt *one I felt at peace with when I closed the cover Nicely doneMy sincere thanks to the This is a haunting historical novel that I would recommend to anybody who is a fan of Barbara Erskine or Pamela Hartshorne Whilst not a time slip novel EXACTLY the two stories run alongside each other with Rosie in the present day occasionally catching limpses of Beulah in the past The characters are well written and I found Rosie really easy to relate to The thread that runs through both sides of the novel both past and present is family and how we do what we can to protect them I was left with a few uestions at the end of the book particula. The story of a young mother who discovers old buried secrets as she oes through her mother's things all whilst staying in a cottage that centuries before was a silk factory A beautiful eerie story of love and memory If you try to pick up the pieces sometimes that's when they fall into place Rosie Milford inherits a house in an old silk factory after her mother's death and moves there with her young children The discovery Ing sinister at playThe two stories linked by the house play out to a satisfactory conclusion I learned some things along the way about silk making and enjoyed etting lost in the stories of Rosie Effie and Beulah This is recommended to lovers of historical fiction who don t mind some current day issues included It was an interesting and engaging read from a beautiful hard back edition of the book supplied by the publishers for an honest review Another book following the currently popular pastpresentpast structure Essentially a host story but not an in your
Face One Judith Allnatt one Judith Allnatt novel is well researched and brings out the harshness and frailties of working class life in the very early 1800s It also touches upon though doesn t dwell upon the difficulties facing a woman in the present day who is undergoing a divorce from a bullying husband The writing itself is well crafted but I did feel the endings both to the earlier and current stories were left hanging I enjoyed The Moon Field The Silk Factory not as much I loved this novel I volunteer at a National Trust property close to Weedon Bec and Newnham where the novel is set It reminded me of Shirley by Charlotte Bronte when labour saving machinery was smashed by desperate unemployed workers It too explores humanity s efforts to reconcile aspirations with social justice The novel follows two timelines the present day when Rosie moves into her late mother s house in Weedon Bec with her two children and 1812 when the house was a silk factory which employed Beulah and her brother Tobias The silk factory owner imports new efficient looms which will render some of the factories workers unemployed and therefore reliant on the workhouse or parish to survive Several of the employees break into the factory in the dead of night to destroy the new looms and this has an impact on the lives of Beulah and her brother Tobias and sister Effie who has fallen in love with a soldier at Weedon Royal the depot and barracks close to the silk factory Rosie in the present day sees hosts from the past and is also haunted by a family secret and the Moonrise ghost of her twin sister Judith Allnatt writes beautifully and evokes the early nineteenth century perfectly She has created a novel full of atmosphere wonderful historical detail with excellent characterisation and depth One of our book club members happened too the book shop in Weedon Bec and asked if they could recommend anything for her to #bring to the and this was it By coincidence Judith was also holding a reading the #to the club this was it By coincidence Judith was also holding a reading the month we were due to discuss it so 8 of us sat spell bound and freezing listening to her read from the book and also tell of her research and how the book came about a friend bought a new house in Weedon yet could smell smoke which made Judith think about Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi ghosts and what was there before the silk manufactory We all felt the book was veryood but might have been even better with just the historic section and not the modern element as we wanted to know so much about the characters what happened to Tobias for example Rosie seemed less of a solid character to us It was of particular interest to us living in the area and actually being able to see the ordnance buildings where the military were We are planning a walk around the area in the summe. N Beulah Fiddement works as a bobbin winder and has secrets that the master would o to any lengths to et Caught up in a dark adult world of illicit love rebellion and revenge Beulah must put away her childhood and draw on all her spirit to protect those she loves Beulah's story of uilt and bravery will echo down two centuries and change Rosie's life as she struggles to overcome the hand of her own past and find redemptio. .
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Rly in relation to events that "HAPPENED EARLY IN ROSIE S LIFE " early in Rosie s life an aspect of the novel I did like was the way I was led to believe that something had happened to Beulah when in actual fact events turned out differently to how I believed they would The writing is clear and it is not difficult to imagine the conditions Beulah and her colleagues at the Silk Factory were living in A excellent read for anyone who likes a little bit of past in their present I have to say that I firstly struggled to et to rips with this book moving back and forth between time periods but that s to be expected when listening to it as an audiobook Once I ot
THE HANG OF THE CHARACTERS ANDhang of the characters and able to instantly transport myself back and forward I started to really enjoy etting into the story I was desperately trying to find the connection maybe family link between the little host irl and Rosie but soon found there to be none just the fact that the house Rosie was staying in was on the same patch of round There was a slight hint in one chapter that rosie is recently divorced with 2 very young children and struggling her mother recently died and she has beueathed a house to her that rosie always thought belonged to her aunt may this is housed in an old silk factory and she moves down there temporarily to see what state it is in with a view to putting it on
the market but the cottage is alive with orphans who once lived there and unknown to her some events in theirmarket but the cottage is alive with orphans who once lived there and unknown to her some events in their r strangely familiar at the same time her hidden past is slowly awoken and she discovers a family secret that has been hidden from her since she was 3 years old can she put all the pieces together to settle the past and make her future a fascinating and tender novel yes verging on the supernatural at times it alts between present day and the early 19th century with the emphasis on the latter u will find the middle pages a lesson in the history Moving Intriguing Beautifully Written I Loved It We are transported back in time to the early 1800 s to an English silk factory Both the profit driven owner and the poor who work there struggle to make a living In the present we have Rosie a divorced mother of two whose difficulties increase with the death of her own mother and the move away from London The link is that Rosie s new home inherited from her mother was once part of the old silk factory and maybe some hosts from that time still remainAuthor Judith Allnatt treats us to a memorable dual time haunting historical novel It s rather well written and captivating in its exuisite descriptions of the past and the harsh realities of a modern day broken family There are secrets uncovered and touching parts of the story that will leave you moved I found it an excellent read that left me feeling content when it was finishedEffie scrapes together a meagre existence while looking after young Beulah and her brother who work at the silk factory Her life promises to be transformed as romance comes along But events at the factory are about to change their lives forever and leave them all lostRosie s money problems and parenting issues threaten to overwhelm her But another concern is the strange happenings and noises in the old house she has inherited Is it her tired mind playing tricks on her or is there someth. F a shocking truth about her own childhood when she is already reeling from the breakup of her marriage fills her with distrust and fearfulness Then she starts seeing a strange child wandering in the arden who seems as lost as she is In 1812 silk master Septimus Fowler has rand plans to keep his factory in step with the industrial revolution he will plant mulberry trees rear silkworms and import new mechanized looms Orpha. ,