Ribbon of Gold by Cathy Marie Hake is part of a 4-novella book, called Woven Hearts. Ribbon of Gold is about Isabel Shaw, a young woman who works at Stedman Mills in Massachusetts, weaving thirty-inch wide shirting on industrial sized looms. She had left her family’s farm in New Hampshire to work at the textile mill so she could put money aside for her brother’s education.
Carter Stedman, the mill owner’s son, takes over running the operations, and is angered at the inhumane working conditions there. He goes about righting the wrongs of his father, now deceased, and in the process, becomes enamored with Isabel.
The story is clean, and a comfortable read for any Christian woman. The relationships in the story are interesting. I liked the details Mrs. Hake included in Ribbon of Gold, which gives the reader a good picture of how it was to work in the cotton mills in 1846.