‘On the way back down the grand staircase to the hall, her eye was caught by a portrait, hanging in a particularly dark corner of a landing. It was of a young woman, seated at an easel; she was painting a silk moth, its eggs nestling on a mulberry leaf.’
1704: Anastasia is desperate to escape her controlling and volatile father and plans to marry in secret. But instead of the life she has dreamed of, she finds herself trapped in Venice, the unwilling wife of a silk weaver.
Despite her circumstances, Anastasia is determined to change her fate…
2017: Millie wants more from her relationship and more from her life. So when her boss Max abruptly ends their affair, she takes the opportunity to write a feature in Italy.
Staying in a gorgeous villa, Millie unexpectedly falls in love with the owner, Lorenzo. Together they begin to unravel an incredible story, threaded through generations of silk weavers.
And Millie finds herself compelled to discover the identity of a mysterious woman in a portrait…
A gorgeously written, richly evocative story, The Silk Weaver’s Wife is perfect for readers who love Kate Morton and Gill Paul.
What everyone is saying about Debbie Rix:
‘A spellbinding, epic journey spanning centuries, across countries, continents and vast perilous oceans… The past is vividly brought back to life in great detail and in full colour, from the food they ate to the clothes they wore… I really enjoyed reading this magnificent story.’ Relax and Read Books
‘Perfect historical fiction mixed with present day. I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed this book. I gobbled it up over the afternoon and night. Definitely want to read this author again.’ Nik Book Lover
‘The book is beautifully written and the Italian setting is perfectly drawn in both modern and historical settings, with sufficient detail to bring Pisa vividly to life, clearly by someone who loves it and knows it well… this is a wonderful story.’ Being Anne Reading
‘An amazing book rich in detail and filled with characters you are rooting for… Now having read two books from Debbie Rix she has proven to me just what a storyteller she is as she takes her readers on a journey through the past to a time that should not be forgotten. This book is a beautifully crafted novel full of secrets, love, friendship and family bonds… Definitely one not to be missed.’ Shaz’s Book Blog
‘A wonderfully written novel… definitely a book to add to your library. Not only was it highly informative, but immensely entertaining.’ Historical Novel Review
‘An enchanting, engaging tale that I recommend to anyone interested in Italian history and architecture, or just a good novel.’ History and Other Thoughts
‘Debbie manages to evoke the sights, sounds and smells as though you are standing right there. A truly lovely novel.’ Reading Room with a View
‘Debbie had me completely transported back to 12th Century Pisa, and I loved every second of it.
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published July 19th 2017 by Bookouture
This is my first Debbie Rix novel that I've read but it won't be the last! The author has a wonderful writing style that really transports you to the places she writes about, and the level of detail to historical facts was also really impressive.
It is set over 2 periods in time - now and back in 1704. In 2017, Millie has a successful career but doesn't seem as successful in love as she's having an affair with her married boss. She knows it is wrong, especially as he has children, but she thinks she's in love. When the chance to travel to Italy arises for her to write a piece in Italy she jumps at the chance and is soon in love with more than the country! But Max is still in the background - and this is where I got quite shouty at the character as she couldn't see what was right for her!!
In 1704 we follow the story of Anastasia and her family. Her father is an evil brute and makes them all live in fear. Anastasia plans to run away to marry her love, but soon finds out she is promised to another - and one brute gets replaced by another. Despite the glorious setting of Venice, she is put through an awful time after her wedding and her only thoughts are those of escape.
I loved the two timeline settings - both characters had so much going on in their lives that there was always something happening. The silk weaving/farm side of the story was also fascinating and I loved the mystery of the painting that linked the 2 timelines.
Happily recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction.