A retelling of the classic fairytale Kari Woodengown, this is a fictionalized account based on a story passed down through an oral history. Maria is taught to make lace as a child, and to polish rayon fabric into taffeta, which is the fabric of a "wooden gown". Her mother helps her make a taffeta court gown for a wedding gown. Her family is plunged into a nightmare which takes Maria into the household of a very abusive Baron. She is eventually released, and marries a weaver, and raises a family with him. They discover love, lose it, then rediscover it as they build a successful business. An often painful story, with a determined romance that threads its way through. This book is not written for children, it does deal with some themes that are difficult for children to comprehend, such as abuse and death, but the language is not graphic. Written by Laura Wheeler.