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A thrilling historical novel by the author of The Secret Healer. Cologne, 1351: Elisabeth and Stephen Hardenstein are twins, but they could not be more different. While Elisabeth is inspired by the family business, absorbing everything her father shows her about the cloth trade, Stephen enjoys a leisurely life and pays little attention to their father’s teachings. ElisabeA thrilling historical novel by the author of The Secret Healer.Cologne, 1351: Elisabeth and Stephen Hardenstein are twins, but they could not be more different. While Elisabeth is inspired by the family business, absorbing everything her father shows her about the cloth trade, Stephen enjoys a leisurely life and pays little attention to their father’s teachings. Elisabeth recognizes her true vocation as a tradeswoman, and though the odds are stacked against her, she pursues her passion.When the twins’ father suffers a tragic stroke, the tables turn. Suddenly Stephen is interested in running the draper’s shop his father left behind, and he takes the lead in managing the family business. But Elisabeth can’t sit idly by and watch as he makes bad decisions and accumulates debts. Stephen pushes her to marry as soon as possible, even proposing a suitor, but Elisabeth has her own ideas about matters of the heart. Are her talents in the art of negotiation enough to win her both the job of her dreams and the man she truly loves?...

Title : The Draper's Daughter
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ISBN : 29907059
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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The Draper's Daughter Reviews

  • Melisende d'Outremer
    2019-03-23 18:59

    For me, the tale started slowly, and at one stage I did consider leaving it there but I persevered. The story, set in Cologne 1351, is of a remarkable young woman, who defies the conventions of the times by wanting to continue in her father's trade. Family set backs, and a truly odious brother, ensure that the reader is constantly on the side of the underdog - in this case, our heroine Elizabeth.What is remarkable was Elizabeth's determination to overcome convention and stride out on her own - and author Ellin Carsta conveys this struggle well. However, being not over familiar with 14th Century Germany, and especially the pogroms against the Jews, a little (not a lot) more background would have assisted.The language is simple and not overly complex, and the author makes no attempt write in any Germanic dialect accent, or use words a reader may not fully grasp (as other writers do and which comes off sounding phoney) - so the narrative flowed smoothly.Overall, despite a slow start and thoughts to the contary, I could not set the book aside until I reached its conclusion.

  • Annie M
    2019-03-26 20:38

    I received this book as part of a First Reads Giveaway.I didn't expect to read The Draper's Daughter in one sitting, but Elisabeth's journey captivated me from the very beginning. Ellin Carsta successfully depicts medieval Germany without inundating the reader with minutiae, but still establishing context for Elisabeth's story. Feel good, girl power historical fiction.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-23 18:56

    How about a little Girl Power in 1300’s Germany? How about a lot? The Draper’s Daughter has plenty to spare. It is full of strong women characters, not only working with the men around them, but at times surpassing them. I became so caught up in the story that I finished this eBook in one sitting. I so wanted Elisabeth to succeed no matter how many roadblocks were thrown up in her way. I will admit to a little author hate when things continued to go wrong, but I think in the end it made for a better story and a stronger cast. I would definitely read another book by this author/translator team. Translating from German to English can be difficult and some of the language was a little stilted but it quickly picked up. For a Historical Fiction piece, I would have enjoyed a bit more history and a little less fiction. I would simply classify this as fiction, since you need more than a past date and a real town to make it historical fiction. The dynamic between women was also intriguing. While most were willing to help, it wasn’t a strictly men vs women book which can be a common trope.I was concerned as the story went on that we would end up with nothing but villains and cowed men, but once again the author surprised me. This is definitely a good example of getting your cake and eating it too. *This eBook was provided by NetGalley and AmazonCrossing in exchange for honest feedback*

  • Hannelore Cheney
    2019-03-23 20:56

    A sweet book, but a little sparse. I would have liked more in depth information about Germany in the 1300's. The story centers on Elisabeth, who is qualified and more than eager to take over her father's business, but has to fight bitterly against the prejudice against women, as well as her brother's incompetence and misjudged certainty he is the right and only heir to the family business. It's a pleasant enough read, but not meaty enough to totally satisfy me.Thank you Netgalley, Amazon Crossing and Ellin Carsta for the ARC.

  • Robbi LeahFreeman
    2019-03-24 22:58

    "the “Judenschlacht” or pogrom of August 24, 1349. The surviving Jews left Cologne and returned only by degrees, which had a major effect on commerce in the city. "--Note from Author This book is actually set after the Judenschlacht. Elizabeth is a draper's daughter, who has a mother with depression and a a brother who seems to be nothing but trouble. Her brother is sent to work as an apprentice, in order, to be able to run the family business. Elizabeth in the meantime is an apprentice to her father and taking care of her mom and other duties. Then the brother moves home after being thrown out of his apprentice job and sent home. Can Elizabeth keep her life going and not be married off? Is it fair for a woman to only be able to work under a man's name? Can Cologne be forgiven and the Jewish people come back to trade and the insistent rain stop so business can come back to Cologne? Finally, will Elizabeth succeed at living a life on her terms and maybe even find a husband who would support how she wants to live life. Overall, an interesting read and you can learn some historical knowledge from it but more fiction. I would recommend more to women for a pick me up in believing you can succeed. The writing was a little dry but could be because of the translation from German. Author has another book I really enjoyed, The Secret Healer.

  • Margaret Lockhart
    2019-04-09 02:38

    A delightful story of hope, tenacity, tragedy, disappointment successIn the 1300's in Cologne Germany, women weren't considered capable of doing anything more than having children and taking care of a house. Most women weren't even allowed to learn to read or be educated in any way. Then along came Elizabeth: strong headed, determined, and at turned out, very talented when it came to business. She was the Draper's daughter. Normally her twin brother, Stephen, would have been the natural choice to work with his father in the business but he was in another part of Germany apprenticing to a family. That made it possible for a Elizabeth to learn the family business. And learn she did and she loved it! But all was not going to be easy for Elizabeth. And soon she faced her conniving dishonest twin brother who was sent home from his apprenticeship in shame, her father suffered a severe stroke, and then her conniving brother tried to throw her out the business and take over everything. And that's just the beginning of this incredible story. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good story especially people who believe women are just as and sometimes more capable and men. On top of it all it's a great love story with many a twist and turn along on the way. You'll be well rewarded for taking the time to read this delightful piece of literature.

  • Kendra
    2019-03-30 00:55

    Good solid 3 stars. Its been a very long time since I've read a book in one day! Maybe that says more about my life in the last few years...but it also says a lot about this book. Its an easy read and engaging. Its also predictable and, at times, so cheesy I literally scoffed out loud and laugh (when it wasn't meant to be funny). The characters are almost too perfectly flawed or so full of prophetic wisdom that it comes off WAY cheesy. BUT, I enjoyed it and I purchased another of Ellin Carsta's books before logging off my Kindle. One note...I didn't realize this book was translated until I was reading the "about the author" section in the end...maybe the translation has something to do with the voice of the characters and the cheesiness??

  • Jeanette
    2019-04-02 20:58

    Although i felt this was at times a little slow, it was quite an enjoyable and easy read. There isn't much that i can add to this review that others haven't already said. It is the first time that i have read any novels by this author and i would like to try more.I received this e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Maggie
    2019-04-06 20:38

    I found this compulsive and read it in one sitting - finishing at 3.30am! It's unusual but very pleasant to find an easy to read, historical novel. I'm hooked now and have just downloaded The Secret Healer, from the same author, as a free Amazon Prime read.

  • Maggie Shackett
    2019-04-01 23:57

    Another wonderful book for Ellin CarstaI believe that this is the third of her books I've enjoyed. I have also read books one and two of her Secret Healer series and am hoping for a book three.I highly recommend The Draper's Daughter.

  • Viola
    2019-03-21 01:47

    Great TalePerseverance, dedication, focus, positive thinking and upward direction shape this story beautifully! Would love to read more of this writer!

  • Cindy Tate
    2019-03-23 21:54

    Enjoyable storyTruly enjoyed this story. Well written. I admired the main characters strength. I will look for more books by this author.

  • vena hamilton
    2019-03-30 19:50

    A great readA historical fiction novel with great characters, and story .I love the way historical facts,and fiction comes alive in this story.

  • Joanne
    2019-04-07 22:59

    Good read

  • Jane Peacock-Powell
    2019-04-07 19:51

    The narrative flowed smoothly.Overall, despite a slow start and thoughts to the contary, I could not set the book aside until I reached its conclusion.

  • Peekablue
    2019-03-28 23:52

    Good plot but lacks historical detailAfter reading Secret Healer by the same author, I decided to give this book a try. I enjoyed it very much, however, I was disappointed by the lack of historical detail. The story is supposed to take place in midieval Germany but could just as easily been set during the 19th Century and in any country. Beyond naming a few German cities, there was no indication of the location where things were taking place. The only real clue to the time frame is a mention of the Plague. Other than that, the story is not bad. It just needs to be fleshed out a little more.

  • Mai-Anh
    2019-03-22 02:56

    I won a free copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways.It really does pain me to give books one-star ratings, but there was nothing I found enjoyable about this read. Had I not won it in a giveaway, I would've given up completely.The premise sounded so good. An independent young woman trying to make it for herself in historical Germany? Right up my alley. Alas, that's where all interest dies.This book is about the Hardenstein family, a German family of drapers (cloth re-sellers) that live in the beautiful city of Cologne. There is nothing redeeming about any of the Hardensteins. (view spoiler)[Elisabeth, the protagonist, goes from "I must serve my father in all that he wishes" to "I will become an independent woman that runs her own business" to "Just kidding, let me marry my childhood sweetheart even though he's not quite that available" in the span of a few weeks. It's annoying, to say the least. But we don't start off the book with Elisabeth. We begin the book with her mother's attempted suicide. She survives. She then proceeds to lie in bed for the majority of the book, which she blames on melancholia. OKAY. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Elisabeth has a horrifying twin brother named Stephen, who dices away the family money, falls down drunk on numerous occasions, and physically threatens her when she "angers" him. And their father would trust the business to Stephen over Elisabeth, because he is a man. I get this has to do with the times. NO. JUST NO.If I can discuss Elisabeth's despicable behavior just a moment further, there was a point in the book where she was ready to leave behind her betrothed ex-lover, Rafael. She does for a time, and even makes a dress for his betrothed. However, when the two depart, Elisabeth wears the dress she made for her Rafael's bride for her own wedding to Rafael. WTF. That's actually not where I meant to go with that. Can we backtrack a bit? Elisabeth almost leaves Rafael behind forever in favor of a grown man who actually (I don't know how) has feelings for her. She invites this said man to their wedding. (hide spoiler)]There are so many things I can't with this book. Most of them are under the spoiler tag.I'm automatically inclined to blame the translation of this book for its problems, but I've read many well translated books, including The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Anna Karenina.

  • Janet
    2019-03-19 22:34

    The Draper's DaughterThis was a Very nice story. At times it was drawn out, but overall a pleasant flow. Times have sure changed.

  • Jeanne Abbott
    2019-04-01 01:51

    A story of a woman's indomitable spiritElizabeth Hardenstein forged a pathway for women in business long before it was thought possible. Such a great story! I loved the character and how diligently she did the right thing.

  • Joelle
    2019-03-23 00:35

    While this book contained a promising concept, young German woman seeks to make it on her own in 1300's Cologne, it fell short of maintaining an intriguing plot or believable least from my point of view. I enjoyed the historical backstory concerning Jews in Cologne, but I wish it would have been developed more. The way this piece of history was woven into the plot was interesting, but never reached its full potential. I would have liked to seen more interaction between the main character and her Jewish friends and business associates throughout the story in order to grasp more relevance from the historical setting. Another issue I had was the decisions made by the main character. She kept going back and forth about whether or not to place her trust in her brother. I thought this took away from her credibility as a strong, independent woman. Due in part to this weakness of character, I thought several elements of the plot fell flat. Overall, I would recommend this to frequent readers of historical fiction. ***I received this ebook for free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Julia
    2019-04-10 21:59

    Quick, enjoyable read. The sensibility felt modern rather than of the time it is set, but that may be because I don't know much about Germany in the 14th century.The main character, Elisabeth, is a strong-willed young woman is an unofficial apprentice to her father, a cloth merchant. Her brother Stephen is actually apprenticed to another family until her is kicked out for stealing. Elisabeth is a Mary-Sue character, capable of almost anything - she can keep the books, negotiate with other businessmen, take care of her mother who suffers from severe depression, and sew a dress in three days. Stephen is a wastrel who drinks, gambles, and expects to inherit the family business simply because he is male.Although there is a romance in the story, most of the plot is focused on women's roles and whether Elisabeth can overcome the expectations that women must marry and be a helpmeet instead of having a primary role in business.

  • Julie
    2019-04-05 18:57

    Great book!!! Love the strong female characters intwined with the historical facts. Fast read on an airplane!I will admit to wanting Elisabeth to end up with the lawyer though. Too tidy to end up with Raphael...

  • Annette Jordan
    2019-04-07 22:43

    I have rarely felt so frustrated and indignant on behalf of a fictional character as I did for Elisabeth, a young woman growing up in Germany in 1351. She longs to learn her father's trade as a fabric merchant and is delighted to have the chance to learn from him while her twin brother is apprenticed to another merchant family. When tragedy strikes her family and friction erupts between Elisabeth and her brother, her strength of character is truly tested ,as are her determination and intelligence, traits she has in abundance.While at times the writing style lacked a little grace, the greatest strength of this book is its central character, a strong independent young woman , ahead of her time, who is incredibly easy to root for. A very enjoyable read. This review is based on an ARC from NetGalley.

  • Cindy Woods
    2019-04-18 20:00

    Pretty goodThis book is geared more to a woman's interest as the main character is a young woman apprentice to her father's cloth business in late 14th Century where woman if business was unheard of. Her mother rarely leaves her bed due to depression and her brother is a dissolute, lazy, troublemaker. I found the story a but slow paced. There are a few good moments in the story, but I think the characters should be better defined. I would recommend to women readers of historical fiction.

  • Cathy
    2019-03-28 00:39

    Accurate depiction of a woman's lot in life during the Middle Ages.What I liked most about this book was the realistic depiction of life in the Middle Ages. Elizabeth was luckier than most of the women whose fates were totally at the mercy of their male relatives. Her brother is the epitome of the entitled their. Carsta did not shy away from the realities faced by Jews and women. This book was very enlightening. I received a complimentary copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lavender
    2019-04-09 01:42

    I found this novel to be a bit uneven. Most of the characters were very changeable, almost as if they had split personalities; I didn't really like any of them. I liked the overall story and the idea of women being empowered in a man's world. The historical perspective was also interesting.I won this book via Goodreads Giveaways.

  • Rhonda
    2019-04-06 22:00

    I received the kindle edition of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. When I entered the giveaway I didn't notice that it wasn't for a print book. I much prefer that as a reading option and perhaps that influenced my feelings for this book. Therefore I've given it 4 stars. Overall, I found that although well written I just didn't become involved or care for the characters

  • Gail Baugniet
    2019-03-26 19:58

    High SuspenseFrom the opening chapter, the suspense of what would happen to destroy the ambitions of the novel's protagonist kept me intrigued. The tension of knowing all that could and most likely would go wrong reflects on the author's grasp of strong storytelling. Well worth five stars.

  • Annette
    2019-04-19 01:36

    The introduction of this book sounded so interesting: Cologne 1351, daughter’s absorption and love for the cloth trade, her eagerness to make a mark in this trade… I so wanted to immerse myself in this story of what sounded as a story of a remarkable woman, but there was nothing engrossing about this shallow story written in a juvenile language.@FB: Best Historical Fiction

  • Susan
    2019-03-24 21:44

    Good ReadI really enjoyed this book. The main character was very likable. You couldn't help but be inspired by her and want her to succeed. I won this book through Goodreads.