Author: Chris Pearce
Published: Dec 6, 2013
Reviewer: Margaret Millmore via Book Explosions
Rating: 5 STARS
This historical fiction novel chronicling the lives of the Wakefield family takes you on a journey of love, loyalty, death, unhappiness, triumph… and so much more! The tale begins with Henry Wakefield, a hand weaver by trade, living in a modest English village and desperately trying to provide for his growing family. But with the modernization of the weaving industry, Henry finds his ‘hand’ made product is becoming less and less saleable, and knows, much against his better judgment that he must move his family to the larger city of Manchester, where his wife and older children will become factory workers while he attempts to continue his hand weaving. As the story unfolds their lives change dramatically from poverty to riches; however that comes with many unforeseen perils that include death, betrayal and to a certain extent, hatred. It’s a well crafted tale of “be careful what you wish for”. The characters are so well written that you find yourself feeling an emotional attachment to them that will keep you turning pages until the very end.
This isn’t my normal read and I was delightfully surprised at how well the author grabbed my attention until the very end.