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Hester Bateman, the famous Georgian silversmith, lived in her husband's shadow until circumstances brought her talents to the fore....

Title : The Silver Touch
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The Silver Touch Reviews

  • Misfit
    2018-12-31 06:33

    This is not one of Laker's better books and I actually gave up about page 50 or so. It's about a woman who marries a man in the gold/silver making profession in London around the reign of George II. The main characters were not that engaging, it's a period I'm not that interested in and I really didn't want to suffer through 400 pages of intricate details of the silver trade. If that floats your boat it would probably be a good book, but this one wasn't for me.Edit 11/2/15: Kindle freebie today!

  • Elizabeth
    2019-01-10 06:22

    First of all, I would give this book 10 stars if I could. I got so caught up in the story and history that I read every word! I love historical fiction and had forgotten about the author and the fact that I'd always wanted to read something by her.This particular novel is about a woman, Hester Bateman, who was significant in the silversmith industry around the time of the American Revolution. She actually became famous and respected in an industry usually composed of men. I had never heard her name before so I did just a little research on her and, generally speaking, her bio matched the book. Consider though that the book is fiction, so I'm sure the author took liberties in part of the story. No matter. This was an amazing read for me and should be for other historical fiction fans. The book is not new, but was available to me on NetGalley. Thank you to NetGalley and Endeavour Publishing for allowing me to reawaken my love for this author!

  • Judy
    2018-12-29 06:23

    Everything about this story was fascinating. I knew nothing about silversmiths, let alone about female silversmiths. This book changed my habits of shopping at antique shows. Now I ask every dealer who has old silver if they have any pieces by Hester Bateman or by her family members.

  • Dianne
    2018-12-28 05:36

    This true story was so interesting to me... My parents were antique dealers and often had pieces by Hester Bateman in their inventory. I never learned history in school, but I learn through reading historical novels. I like how Hester is a strong independent woman of her time!

  • Karin
    2019-01-13 22:19

    Hester Bateman (nee Needham) was one of the greatest silversmiths of the 18th century in Enland in real life, but this is a fiction book about her life (so while there are real people in here, and some real dates and locations it is entirely just made up, but enjoyable).In this novel, we start just after the death of Hester's mother (let it be duly noted that IRL nothing is known about her childhood or why she was apparently illiterate since her signature on legal documents was an x) when her half siblings are ruthlessly taking all of their late father's things along with some that were never his. The eldest, who is fairly kind, takes Hester in, but his nasty wife ensures that her life is filled with a lot of hard work at their public hosue and nothing extra. We see her meet her husband, a man who spent his career as a journeyman goldsmith (note that originally this meant gold and silver, but during Hester's lifetime these terms became separated), have and raise her six children, a number of whom became accomplished silversmiths in their own right.True, my description is less that scintillating, but I enjoyed this novel. The novelist tends to write stories of love and adventure, so you see a great deal of the love part with Hester and her children. I am glad I found it and then looked up this remarkable woman online. Read for a reading challenge where I needed either gold, silver or bronze in the title.

  •  Northern Light
    2019-01-21 22:28

    This book tells the story of Hester who marries an apprentice silversmith when pregnant. It tells the story of how she copes with her illiteracy (which souns like dyslexia) a growing family and her personal desire to become a silversmith. This is a fictionalised account of a real person whose silver is highly sought after even now 250 years later.I enjoyed this book although how much is real is something I don't know. She seems like an amazing person having come from a dificult upbringing. Through it all her love for her husband and her children shines through.It is a bit cumbersome at times but a good insight into a time I know little about.

  • deeann linford
    2019-01-12 00:08

    A look into silver smithing and 1700's British life.This novel had slow parts in the first section which almost completely lost my interest. Then the story of Hester's and John's life became more interesting with many fluctuations in their lives and showed the way history shaped these actions. There are varied life lessons presented here well worth reading. Altogether a story to learn from. Containing some real historical information added to the strength of the drama.

  • Chris Gregory
    2019-01-21 03:21

    Well written Although somewhat slow at times, self indulgent, and somewhat repetitive, I found some interest of note in The Silver Touch. The period is well researched in this historical fiction and enlightening concerning the silver and gold smithy trades.The characters and scenes are well developed so I can recommend this story.

  • Melanie Melancon
    2019-01-08 03:19

    I loved this book. Although not usually a fan of historical fiction, I found myself totally engrossed in the characters as well as in the story. It's a big book, not to be finished in an afternoon, but I wouldn't have wanted it to end so quickly.The story is set in early 18th century England. It follows the life of a heroine who is unusually strong and independent for her time. She begins as an illiterate sister of a tavern keeper who almost accidentally becomes interested in the craft of gold and silver smithing. Her story is one of strength and determination that should touch every woman today.This is not a love story. It is a saga of a family who loves each other without judging, and becomes stronger because of that love. It's chock full of information about goldsmith guilds, apprenticeships, and and the cruel road people followed to become an accepted craftsman in the field. Only by following this course can someone rise to the higher level of gold work aspired to by each young apprentice.Even though this isn't my normal genre, I cannot wait to start another of Ms. Laker's books.

  • Christine Dillon
    2018-12-31 05:23

    Read this book in the Reader's Digest abridged version. Loved the history. Loved learning about silver.

  • Julie Barrett
    2019-01-18 03:16

    Silver Touch by Rosalind LakerFollow the life of a woman, Ester who loses her parents and she has to go live with a relative who run a tavern and she learns the trade.She meets up with a married man, John Bateman and ends up having his child. They move and live together. His trade is a silversmith and as hard times come they have to find other work to just get by. His old employee had blacklisted his name from the trade but they had traveled far enough away.After his grandfather dies they move into a bigger location where he can work his trade at the same location as their house. They finally have a real church wedding to make their union complete. He teaches her the goldsmith trade when she has time.He finally gets work from an old source that brings them in a lot of money and he's able to show Ester how the piece is made. He sources out some of the work as he knows it's a hard job that will make you die due to chemicals that get into your lungs. She was also trained from her mother how to use herbs to cure everyday things.Josh is a happy baby. The second baby is a girl. Tragedies have come and gone.The ex wife keeps coming up in their lifes although they've been married for four years.She was also getting lessons from John in how to read as their son was ready for school and he was also helping but she just couldn't get it.She has talents in drawing the new projects he wants to create.She accuses him to spending time with her husband and she's correct. He has accepted work for Caroline and has to spend time with her when he delivers a piece. The blacklisting band had been lifted. They almost burned the paneling in the hallway.Caroline closes her shop and gets married and moves away. Ester feels relief and being in the new house along with having another baby. Her oldest son was being admitted to a school where he would live-away from them. When he's 14 he's due to return home to learn the goldsmith trade.When he does get hom he finds his 4 yo brother is already creating pieces. He's to become a journeyman in his new trade.Her son comes home and brings his new bride to be and he's bought a house and has his life in order. He needs to study under a goldsmith to get the full knowledge he needs to learn.The saga continues with each of Ester's children and their schooling, love lives and careers.

  • Jeanne
    2019-01-12 05:20

    I really enjoyed this historical fiction based on an actual female silversmith in England in the 1700's. There was a small amount of romance which was fine for this reader who is not into romance novels. However the history of silversmithing, the rules and laws governing workers and women of the 1700's was fascinating. I also was surprised to read about how men were"recruited" into the king's service during that time. Many of the personalities and family issues and worries of that period can easily be understood by readers in this day and age. The characters are interesting and have depth. The setting can be visualized from the author's descriptions. This book encouraged me to look up the heroine Hester Bateman and her work. Today, Hester would probably be diagnosed as dyslexic due to her difficulty reading, making her accomplishments that much more amazing.

  • Linda
    2019-01-08 00:26

    This book was riddled with grammatical errors, but after I got about one hundred pages into the book, I was captivated to the extent that the errors did not annoy me at all. The errors did not stop the reading flow of the book. The storyline was about several generations of silver and gold smiths plying their trade in 18th century England. The descriptions of the family members and their craftsmanship. were excellent. The author touched on familial relationships that were beautiful, joyful, ugly, sad and secret. To me, the prevailing theme of the read was the evolution of mankind. America was being born and England's growing pains were were becoming manageable. England was on the cusp of the Industrial Revolution which would give rise to the Middle Class. Craftsmen were gradually being seated above the salt. The author made me feel the coming of a new day!

  • Clare O'Beara
    2019-01-05 23:17

    Hester Bateman, heroine of this tale, worked silver and learnt her trade so well she became a master silversmith. According to the book she was dyslexic, though that name was not in use, and she had trouble even marking her initials on her work. I really enjoyed learning about silver working in the Georgian era and I was delighted to see a woman's work being valued so she could rise above the general roles for women at the time. Hester was also a fun character and she was determined to succeed having found her calling. Possibly only in London could she have become a silversmith as there was money and ordinary workers enough, while specialists were needed and could be well equipped. I recommend this as an unusual romance and personal history.

  • Mimi Herrmann
    2019-01-11 06:10

    Well done historical romanceMy one objection to this book is that it didn't have a plot, per se; it read more like a biography than a novel. I've given bad reviews to such novels in the past, but this book is different because rather than being thinly veiled autobiography, like the ones I've panned, it was clearly supposed to be about this charming fictional character, Hester, who rose from rags to riches in a time and place where that rarely happened. In addition, the book was meticulously researched as to its historical elements, and was stylistically sound and well edited. Very well done!

  • Artemiz
    2019-01-12 03:20

    The Silver Touch by Rosalind Laker is an interesting story about Hester Bateman, and silversmith from 18th century London, about how she comes to London, how she learns about silversmiths, how she meets her husband, about their children ... about her life. It's an interesting story about real historical figure. But the way it is written, how at one point it's a recital of facts and then it's fictionalization and from time to time the author has let her imagination fly ... this jumping from one style to another, it doesn't really give much to the story, fortunately it's not making the story worse either, it's just annoying.

  • Eunice Korczak
    2018-12-25 04:32

    The Silver TouchThe Silver Touch tells the story of a young woman who married a thwarted gold smith. Although prevented by circumstances from receiving a master designation, her husband remains in the business. Their union, blessed by great love begins a family and a family business in smithing, both gold and silver. Neither family nor business is without problems or distress. The efforts and strife in both arenas makes for an engrossing and enjoyable read.

  • Sheralyn
    2018-12-28 05:32

    Somewhat worthy in the start, I slowly lost my eagerness to continue reading and quickly became disgusted to learn I was diving into written pornography. I am sure I will face backlash by many, but there it is. I have not the time to be reading the particulars of a character's sex life. Add a bland story to the already offensive content and I am disgusted.

  • Lois
    2019-01-23 00:16

    Excellent ReadHistory, love for a craft, tension within family, betrayal, hope, faithfulness, strength, determination, honor, and so much more. Choices being the key here and how each choice decides the fate of each member of this family. Excellent book that held my attention and surprised me at each turn.

  • Chelle Lynn
    2018-12-31 22:23

    Not my styleI'm sure this is a great story. But, the author writes all description with very, very little action, and that's not the style of writing I am accustomed to or enjoy. I couldn't get more than 10% through the book because, while things were happening, it didn't read as if they were.

  • Aline
    2019-01-09 23:16

    This was a really well written book that takes you into the problems of relationships between family members. Families love one another in various ways and need each other in various ways. A great insight into the making of silver and gold items back the 1700's, of which I never knew.

  • Kellie Dipiro
    2019-01-21 22:09

    What can I say? I love epic stories of families that span many years. The main character is strong, ambitious, loyal, and most importantly - refuses to be hindered by her difficulties. I loved this book and was thoroughly engaged by the story of this amazing woman and her family.

  • Kimberly Hoefer-elton
    2019-01-16 01:14

    good read..makes me want to research the "touch"

  • Susan
    2018-12-24 23:17

    This book is a very interesting novel family of silversmiths. There were times when the dialogue and social activities seemed to me a little incredible for the time. Which was 1700s London.

  • Mary
    2018-12-30 04:14

    An interesting, but rather uneven fictional telling of Hester Bateman, an illiterate woman who became one of London's most famous silversmiths in the late 1700's.

  • sherry beth
    2019-01-03 03:28

    Excellent bookApparently based on a true story which makes this story more interesting. I was enthralled with the story. Very well written.

  • Justin Powels
    2019-01-10 04:13

    Somehow I love this story. Read it once years ago while camping and couldn't put it down. Like a silversmith Downton Abbey.

  • Tammy
    2019-01-18 02:14

    I love the historical part of Rosalind Laker's books, but some of the romance is too much like a soap opera.

  • Carol
    2018-12-31 03:36

    Loved the historical part and it was a good story.

  • Judith Mosconi
    2018-12-26 22:07

    Of historical interest, but a little slow.