The Ice Weaver – Margaret Lawrence *****

This novel is a follow-up to Lawrence’s three Hannah Trevor novels, some of the best historical fiction I have ever read. The Ice Weaver is in many ways my favorite, in part because the author doesn’t feel bound by the tenets of the mystery genre (as she was for the first three). It’s the story of Hannah’s daughter Jennet, a young deaf woman, newly orphaned, struggling to stay alive and sane and keep her dignity. Set in upper New-York state in the late 1700s, it has some similarities to my own novels, but is very different in tone and approach.