Shelf Control is a meme run by Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies. It is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up!
For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out Lisa’s introductory post.
I don’t know about you but I keep getting books out from the library but somehow never read them! When I saw this meme recently I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to finally read them before they’re due back.
Title: Blackberry and Wild Rose
Author: Sonia Velton
What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):
“When Esther Thorel, the wife of a Huguenot silk-weaver, rescues Sara Kemp from a brothel she thinks she is doing God’s will. Sara is not convinced being a maid is better than being a whore, but the chance to escape her grasping ‘madam’ is too good to refuse. Inside the Thorel’s tall house in Spitalfields, where the strange cadence of the looms fills the attic, the two women forge an uneasy relationship. The physical intimacies of washing and dressing belie the reality: Sara despises her mistress’s blindness to the hypocrisy of her household, while Esther is too wrapped up in her own secrets to see Sara as anything more than another charitable cause. It is silk that has Esther so distracted. For years she has painted her own designs, dreaming that one day her husband will weave them into reality. When he laughs at her ambition, she strikes up a relationship with one of the journeyman weavers in her attic who teaches her to weave and unwittingly sets in motion events that will change the fate of the whole Thorel household.”
How and when I got it: I borrowed it from the library a few months ago and it’s due back in a couple of weeks so I definitely need to read this one asap.
Why I want to read it: I loved all the reviews when it first came out and almost bought the audible audiobook. I wasn’t sure about the narrator though so grabbed this at the library when I saw it. I haven’t read much historical fiction set in this time period for a while so I hope I’ll enjoy it.