The Glovemaker – Book Review

The Glovemaker by Ann Weisgarber

The Glovemaker is set in a Utah Winter, 1888, where Deborah Tyler waits for her husband Samuel, a wheelwright to return home from travels for his job.  His arrival date passes and there is no word from him, Deborah looks out for him and is worried.  While she awaits his return, there is a knock on her door, no one ever comes in January and she knows it's trouble.  Her decision on whether to answer the door or not will change her life forever, and impact the small community of Junction.

In The Glovemaker, the author immerses you into the very cold, wintery, isolated conditions of Utah in 1888.  I felt the chills of the snow and storms, the uncertainty and fear that comes with trouble.  I also felt Deborah's constant determination to do the right thing, protecting herself, brother Nels and their small community the best that she can.

The books is written in a two person point of view, Deborah and Brother Nels - Samuel's Step Brother and closest friend.  I enjoyed the perspective of both characters and felt that this format gave the depth to the story it needed,  their personal accounts fitting with the ongoing theme of isolation and secrecy.

“Bare knuckles pounded hard on my cabin door, someone wanting to be let in.  My nerves leaped. Samuel. My Husband. He was home.  Safe.  Finally.  No. Not Samuel.  He’d Call to me…”

You get a strong sense throughout the story that Deborah has a very deep love for her husband Samuel, she knows him so well that she can tell if it is him or not from a knock on the door.  Although he was only one part of the whole story, I really liked the insight we got of him and how he shaped and defined who Deborah was.

Although some people may find the language sparse, I felt it was perfectly balanced and fitting for the story that needed to be told.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it.

The Glovemaker

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