So many people came to America with its promise of a vastly better life, only to be sorely disappointed. Poor Kristin. How discouraging to realize that your family does not welcome you, and how heartbreaking to be betrayed by those you thought loved you.
Threads of Hope was a lovely story of a young girl who feels abandoned and a young man who fights against his father's hatred and bitterness. Together, Kristin and Sam find love and forgiveness.
I was surprised at the Olstads' response to Kristin's harsh treatment by her uncle, but I guess fear (and culture shock) can display itself in many ways. I also had a hard time with Karl Sundberg. He seemed like he would be nice, but prejudice and bitterness can change your demeanor and testimony so drastically. What a shame. What a reminder to us to have a tender and teachable heart at all times!
This is the second book I've read of Andrea's, and I enjoy her style and subject matter. I am looking forward to the next book in this Fabric of Time series, Threads of Faith, which is coming in October 2012!
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all thoughts are 100% mine.*
In Threads of Hope, Andrea Boeshaar has weaved a heartwarming tale of honor, forgiveness, and romance, set in Wisconsin, in the year 1848. After losing both of her parents, Kristen Eikaas travels from her native Norway to America, along with her Uncle Lars and his family, seeking a better life only to find disillusion and heartbreak. Instead of the lovely home her uncle has promised, she finds herself in a one-room shanty with barely enough to eat, in a town filled with division, prejudice, and superstition. Kristin finds herself immediately drawn to her handsome neighbor, Sam Sundberg, but is forbidden to have anything to do with him or his family.
After the death of Sam's mother, his father marries a lovely Christian woman from the Oneida Indian tribe, and Uncle Lars in his ignorance and prejudice, claims that the Sundbergs cast spells on people. Mr. Sundberg, on the other hand, claims that Uncle Lars stole their silver many years ago, and a lifelong feud ensues between the two families. As false accusations arise, Kristen is forced from her uncle's home and the Sundbergs hire her as a housegirl, in spite of Sam's father's intense dislike of her, because she is an Eikaas.
Is there any hope for Sam and Kristen to find happiness together, when all odds are stacked against them? Is there any hope for forgiveness and reconciliation to tear down the walls of bitterness that have been built over the years?
I have read almost all of Andrea Boeshaar's novels and this one certainly did not disappoint. Her characters were very realistic, with many human frailties, and her research into the history of Wisconsin and the Indian land negotiations, was extensive and very interesting. A true story of love, forgiveness, unforgettable characters, and a strong spiritual thread throughout, this book will keep the reader turning those pages until the very satisfying conclusion! Another wonderful novel from the pen of Andrea Boeshaar!