The Weaver Takes A Wife is a romance of the Regency era. It features Lady Helen Radney, head-strong and sharp-tongued, and wealthy Ethan Brundy, the mill-owner who has come up in the world from humble, poverty-ridden beginnings. The two inhabit a very different social circle, but when Mr. Brundy happens to intrude into the society of the ton, courtesy his friend Lord David Markham, and sets eyes on the lovely Lady Helen, he is smitten.
His quick offer of marriage is cast away by the lady herself herself, but taken very seriously by her father, the impoverished Duke of Reddington, who sees advantages to having a wealthy son-in-law. Lady Helen grants an audience to Mr. Brundy to make him see the folly of his ways in wanting a spoilt, shrewish woman such as herself for a wife, but when he stands steadfast, she gives in and they are married.
While the book itself is predictable as are most books of this genre – this is a romance with a happy ending after all, I do like the way the author delineates her characters, and brings them together believably. Brundy is a hero of a different kind. He isn’t very good-looking, well-dressed, swashbuckling or mysterious. When he enters a room, heads do not turn. What makes him stand tall then, is his strength of character and goodness.
Haughty Lady Helen, a veritable spinster by Regency era standards, cannot abide fools and she seems to be surrounded by them. Her sharp tongue keeps most of them at bay, and even though she has paramours hanging around she cannot bring herself to accept any of them because they do not have the nameless quality she is looking for. In her marriage of convenience, she finds that she has, quite accidentally, found it.
I can see the influence of Georgette Heyer in South’s writing and enjoyed this as a quick, pleasant read.