I have just finished reading Blackberry & Wild Rose. I find it incredible it is a debut novel. I was quickly drawn in and thoroughly enjoyed every part of the storyline. I could visualise the silk weaving taking place. I loved the fact the cover was based on Anna's work in the V&A.
My question for Sonia is did seeing Anna's work give you the inspiration for this book? Thank you gransnet, quercus fiction and Sonia Velton for such an enjoyable read.
The book was already in my mind, Betsle, but Anna Maria Garthwaite and her designs gave me historical precedent for the fact that my protagonist could not only have ambitions to be a silk designer in a male dominated industry in the eighteenth century, but also fulfil them.