BLACK BERRY AND WILD ROSE by SONIA VELTON
When Esther Thorel, the wife of a Huguenot silk-weaver, rescues Sara Kemp from a brothel she thinks she is doing God's will, although Sara is not convinced being a lady's maid is better than being a whore. Inside the Thorel's home the two women forge an uneasy relationship. Sara despises her mistress's blindness to the hypocrisy of her household, while Esther is too wrapped up in her own secrets to notice. Is is silk that has Either so distracted. She longs to be a silk designer. When her husband laughs at her ambition, she unwittingly sets in motions events that will change the fate of them all and set the scene for a devastating day of reckoning, between her and Sara.