Figures in Silk

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William Morrow & Company, Mar 24, 2009 - Fiction - 464 pages
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Two sisters discover passion during the War of the Roses--one in the arms of the king, the other in the world of silk

From the author of the acclaimed novel "Portrait of an Unknown Woman" comes an epic tale of love and intrigue. The year is 1471. Edward IV, who won the throne with the help of his brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, is restoring law and order after years of war. Under Edward IV, life in England begins to improve. Business is booming once more and the printing and silk industries prosper in London.

When silk merchant John Lambert marries off his two beautiful daughters, their fortunes are forever changed. Elder daughter Jane Shore begins a notorious liaison with the king while industrious and clever Isabel finds herself married into the house of Claver, a wealthy silk dynasty. Fate delivers Isabel a challenge when her new husband is killed and she is forced into apprenticeship to her mother-in-law, Alice Claver.

It is from Alice Claver that Isabel learns to love silk and the exotic and passionate fabrics from Italy, Persia, Spain, Tunisia, and beyond. Isabel learns to make her way in this new world of silk--to find friends and enemies--and she strikes an alliance with her sister's lover, King Edward IV, that will bring the secrets of silk-making to London. As Isabel grows in power and her plan for a silk industry run by Englishwomen is set into motion, the political landscape shifts in dangerous ways. One sister will fall as the other rises and choices must be made that will change their lives forever.

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User Review  - Cassandra - Goodreads

This book was much better than I thought it would be. I love historical fiction, but really didn't care so much about the life of a silk woman - how interesting could that be? Boy, was I wrong. Not ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rebecca Curtis - Goodreads

This book is the story if two merchant daughters married in England on the same day. They each play a fictional role in the conflict that came to be known as the War of the Roses, Jane through the ... Read full review

Contents

COUP
171
CHESS
305
LOVE
433
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About the author (2009)

Vanora Bennett is the author of two acclaimed novels, Portrait of an Unknown Woman and Figures in Silk, and an award-winning journalist. She has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, the Times Literary Supplement, The Times (London), and the BBC. She lives in North London with her husband and two children.

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