The Lacemaker's Daughter by Diane Keziah Robertson
"I couldn't put it down! – a refreshing and intriguing read!" — Keri Kahle
"The opening grabs attention with its bleak portrayal of a lace maker's existence, which dispels any romantic images of lace being produced in sunny cottage doorways. One immediately feels involved with the children’s plight and wants to see how it can be resolved. The rags-to-riches plot, in which characters overcome tragedy by their innate gifts, hard work and the support of a caring community, is one of universal appeal." — Pam Glew, Lace Enthusiast
"From the opening pages of The Lacemaker's Daughter, I was captivated by the struggles of this brave and resourceful little girl. Susannah is only eleven, her mother has died, her father has abandoned them and she and her disabled little brother are facing a harsh world alone. They are occasionally overwhelmed, but several people show them kindness and generosity. This is a great story, filled with warmth, and impossible to put down. Enjoy!" — Susan Armstrong
Cactus Rain Publishing
historical fiction (England)
Soft Cover, e-book
number of pages
The Lacemaker's Daughter
Diane Keziah Robertson
Susannah Brigginshaw is an eleven-year-old girl living in poverty in Offwell, Devon. A lacemaker like her mother, she and her younger brother, Peter, suffer hardship when their mother dies of a fever and their father leaves them to their fate. Peter is crippled, so the burden for their survival falls to Susannah, who tries her best to keep them fed and warm. When their cottage collapses, they are forced to move to the nearby town of Honiton. Susannah continues to make lace and finds an apprenticeship with a joiner for Peter. Set in 1770, The Lacemaker's Daughter is a tale of resilience and love in a harsh and unforgiving age.
Diane Keziah Robertson
DIANE KEZIAH ROBERTSON was born in Kent, England and emigrated to Canada with her family in 1973. As a business owner, she imported English lampshades and later worked for a major Canadian bank. Now retired, she lives in Ontario with her husband. The Lacemaker's Daughter is Diane's second novel. The Lacemaker's Daughter was inspired by an ancestor who was a lacemaker, but died young. Diane wrote a life that never happened for young Susannah, The Lacemaker's Daughter.