I found this book to be a fascinating piece of historical fiction. The story begins in 1784 and continues for the next 15 years or so, following the career of a young girl who originally enters the weaving trade in Paisley, Scotland to finance additional schooling for herself. That falls by the wayside as she discovers a talent and a passion for her trade. The book follows her career to its zenith as a manufacturer of "paisley" shawls. It portrays the place of women, the poor, and the working man in society and their challenges. The moment I picked up this book I was hooked and found it a most interesting read.
A good historical fiction story of a strong willed young woman involved in the Scottish weaving trade. While the plot is somewhat predictable and the characters a bit flat, the female protagonist is strong and the details of the weaving process keep things interesting.