I love historical fiction, especially stories that are told from multiple viewpoints and that take place in the South during the turn of the century. A Silken Thread hits all those points.
A Silken Thread focuses on Laurel Millard, a young woman who’s eager to fall in love and start a family, but her older siblings insist that she forego her own dreams in order to take care of her mother. She takes a job operating a silk loom at the Atlanta Exposition hoping that she might meet a man wealthy enough to take care of both her and her mother.
Brendan Rochester’s parents have given him an ultimatum: settle down with a wife or lose his family inheritance. He agrees to work at the Exposition in order to meet a young woman who will satisfy his parents, look lovely on his arm, and overlook his rowdy adventures. He meets Laurel and decides to woo her.
Willie Sharp needs extra money to provide care for his invalid father. He takes on an extra job a the Exposition as a security guard. He and Laurel spend a lot of time together, but she only has eyes for Brendan.
In addition to the romantic storyline, A Silken Thread also addresses race issues and the importance of living an honorable life.
This book hooked me in from the beginning and held me through the end. Literally, I couldn’t stop reading it. Kim Vogel Sawyer did an excellent job of telling a story that’s set in another time period but is every bit as relevant in today’s society. She seamlessly interwove the historical details into a timeless story.
Thanks to WaterBrook & Multnomah, I was able to preview this book on NetGallery. A Silken Thread releases April 2019, so make a note to be on the lookout for it. You’ll be glad you did!