Blackberry and Wild Rose by Sonia Velton
It's publication day for the fantastic debut novel from Sonia Velton. Blackberry and Wild Rose is a story of two ambitious young women in 18th Century Spitalfields. Esther is a painter who longs to create her own silks but her silk weaver husband laughs off her attempts, it is one of his journeyman weavers, ambitious to become a master weaver, who helps her. Sara her maid has escaped the whorehouse and is also looking to improve her lot in life. Esther invited Sara into her life in order to rescue her but as their ambitions clash Esther begins to suspect that there is dark betrayal happening right under her nose. This is a fantastic work of historical fiction. Velton explores ambition and female desire in a time when women's choices were few. Perfect for fans of Stacey Halls, Laura Purcell and Tracey Chevalier.