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Review: A Silken Thread

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Review: A Silken Thread

A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Waterbrook-Multnomah
Publication Date: April 2, 2019

18-year-old Laurel Millard is stunned when her siblings sit her down and inform her that they expect her to give up any thoughts of a husband and family so that she can take on the sole care of their mother – who, by the way, is strong, healthy, and in her right mind. None of them want the “burden” of their mother’s care, and since she was a tag-along surprise for her parents, they feel no guilt in telling her that it’s “her fault” her mother is otherwise alone, so she has to fix it by giving up her dreams. Not wanting to leave her Mama alone, Laurel agrees, while secretly hoping she can find a man willing to support them both.

When the Atlanta Cotton Exposition of 1895 comes to town, Laurel applies to weave silk. She and her mother have earned their keep by weaving rugs for a number of years so she knows the loom. How different could using silk thread be? And, everyone who is anyone will be at the Exposition. Wouldn’t she have a better chance of meeting a wealthy suitor there? Her dreams are fulfilled when she catches the eye of Langdon Rochester, heir to the Rochester Steam Engine empire. When vandals hit the Silk Room, however, she meets Willie Sharp, the security guard tasked with keeping the ladies in the room safe.

As Laurel gets to know Willie and his best friend, Quincy Tate – a black groundskeeper – she sees how divisive the issues of race, and social class have become. Can she see past her beau’s wealth to his manipulative heart? Will she be able to champion Willie and Quincy in the face of terrible odds?

Overall, I really liked this story. I will say that some of the racial tension didn’t work for me, but I’m not sure if it felt like there wasn’t enough, or there was too much. I kept telling myself this was after the Civil War ended, and the South was NOT a place where a black man could get a break. Quincy’s hotheadedness is alluded to often, but he never really explodes with it. I know it would have been dangerous for him if he had, but it seems like he needed more of a boost here. Oh, and I REALLY didn’t like Laurel’s two oldest siblings. Her brother, Eugene, turned out to be okay, but the rest of them were a piece of work!

I loved learning some of this history. It never dawned on me that having a Silk Room at a Cotton Exposition might be a problem. I mean, cotton was king, right? The clear lines between the “haves” and the “have-nots” were hard to read about. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves historical romance with a dose of faith. You won’t be sorry you picked it up!

Rated G: I didn’t see any issues here.

Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher. Thank you!

 


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