The Silk Merchant’s Convenient Wife by Elisabeth Hobbes


An absolutely fabulous book that had me totally hooked 
Johnathan is a partner in a silk mill and his company need some land to enable them to build housing and a school. Thing is that the land he wants is owned by their neighbour and his family and the only way he is able to get it is as part of a marriage settlement to one of the daughters of the family. He chooses the middle daughter Aurelia who isn’t a very typical Victorian lady. They agree to a marriage of convenience with love not being a factor 
When Aurelia she first meets Johnathan he mistakes her for a maid but she is intelligent and fun which I loved about her right from the start. She believes in education for both boys and girls and is willing to go against society (and her husband) in her beliefs about it
Johnathan has a really strong work ethic which comes across so well and can be seen in everything he does which was something I really liked about him. He is independent and had worked from a young age to get to where he is now and he cares about the people in his employ, hence the need for the expansion. He didn’t have a good experience of family as a child and he is nervous about marriage with Aurelia but seeing him vulnerable only made me love him more, he feels so real and leaps off the page 
I also learnt a lot more about the silk industry in Britain and got a better understanding about the mills, something I didn’t really know anything about but thanks to Johnathans passion I felt like I could learn and understand more 
Slight spoiler alert here but the story finishes at Prince Alberts Great Exhibition in the famous Crystal Palace and I really enjoyed hearing about it. The country’s excitement for it came through so strongly and I could through Johnathan and Aurelia experience some of that excitement and wonder 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a historical romance with characters who aren’t necessarily society’s norm but who are so warm and engaging and who will literally leap of the page 
AM 🐾 x

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