Release Date: April 2, 2019
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Genre: Fiction / Historical Fiction / Romance
About the Book:
For readers who love a heartwarming romance and a rich historical setting comes a tale of a young woman with a heavy burden, the International Cotton Exposition, and the pursuit of true love.
Eighteen-year-old Laurel Millard, youngest of seven children, is expected to stay home and “take care of Mama” by her older siblings, but Laurel has dreams of starting her own family. Operating a silk loom at the Atlanta Exposition will give her the chance to capture the heart of a man wealthy enough to take care of Laurel and any children she might bear, as well as her mother.
Langdon Rochester’s parents have given him an ultimatum: settle down with a wife or lose his family inheritance. At the Exposition, Langdon meets Laurel. Marrying her would satisfy his parents’ command, she would look lovely on his arm for social events, and in her besotted state, he believes she would overlook him continuing pursuing rowdy adventures with his unmarried buddies. Langdon decides to woo Laurel. Willie Sharp is not well-off and must take on an extra job at the Atlanta Exposition as a security guard. When mischief-makers cause trouble in the Women’s Building, Willie is put in charge of keeping the building secure. He enjoys visiting with Laurel, who seems like the little sister he never had, but his feelings for Laurel change to something much deeper. Can Willie convince Laurel that he can give her better life–even with so little to offer?
I probably say this every time I review a Kim Vogel Sawyer novel, but it’s still true. I generally skip reading the synopsis and dive in head first into the book because I already know I’m going to love it. That’s exactly the case with “A Silken Thread“. Set 30 years after the Civil War where we see prejudice up close and personal. I’ve never heard of the Atlanta Exposition so that was fascinating!
The characters were strongly well developed. Some I absolutely loved while there were some that I wish would just get lost. These are all good qualities that a reader looks for in a book. I loved the interactions between Laurel and the other characters, watching her grow and decide which man she should marry. I adored the way that Willie looked after and cared for his father and his friendship with Quincy. I loved how he treated Laurel and how he genuinely cared about others.
Since the time period was known for racism, Kim Vogel Sawyer does show this in the book. She has a gift for handling the topic with grace, respect, and great care. The way this topic was handled was well done.
Now, there are some obvious plot holes that I struggled with. We see the destruction to public property – and then there is no follow through. We don’t see any resolution or anyone getting caught. It was kind of hard to see what the point of including this in the book if this particular plot didn’t seem to go anywhere. It’s hard to tell if the author was trying to show readers that sometimes bad behavior goes unaccounted for or if it was just a forgotten plotline.
As always, the author doesn’t shy away from sharing about God in a non-preachy novel. Themes include serving two masters, forgiveness, and trusting God with our futures and lives instead of trying to do it all ourselves.
Overall, it was an excellent story that I enjoyed a lot. Highly recommended!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Kim Vogel Sawyer:
Kim Vogel Sawyer is the highly acclaimed, best-selling author of gentle stories of hope such as What Once Was Lost and Through the Deep Waters. With more than one million books in print, Kim has garnered numerous awards including the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. She lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband Don. She enjoys travel, quilting, and spending time with her daughters and grandchildren.