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    A Silken Thread
    Kim Vogel Sawyer
    WaterBrook / 2019 / Trade Paperback
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    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 46 Reviews
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  1. West Branch, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Not Worth the Time
    August 12, 2019
    cristi6
    West Branch, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This review was written for A Silken Thread: A Novel - eBook.
    I will say that I was very disappointed in this book. I have read Kim Vogel Sawyer before and really enjoyed her writing, but this book does not come up to her standards. This book is set after the Civil War, where there is still unrest between the two races. There is an exposition going on, but that civil unrest is there. The country is poor and it is hard to get work. I consider this book as a do not read. In fact, I was unable to finish because I was not enjoying this at all. This will not stop me from reading Kim Vogel Sawyer's books, though, because I do know she is a good writer.

    A Silken Thread became available for sale April 2, 2019.

    I received a complimentary ebook from NetGalley for this review.
  2. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet Story
    July 1, 2019
    PianoArt
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The setting of this story was very interesting: the exposition. I enjoyed how four POVs covered four different areas of the expo. And I also appreciated the message of this book. I thought that Sawyer handled the issue of racism very delicately and true to history.

    Langdon really was a loathsome character, but I liked him. Not as a person, but as in, "She did a good job depicting a bitter, spoiled brat."

    Quincy was a great addition. The conversation he had with his mam about being enslaved was so good! I loved his and Willie's story.

    Willie was a character I cheered on from the beginning. He was too perfect, though. I liked him, but now thinking back, he didn't have any real flaws.

    Laurel was a good depiction of a woman who isn't that "strong feminine character." I can't express how much I appreciated her charactereven though she cried an awful lot and was making wishy-washy decisions, I have known girls her personality, and you don't often see them on the pages of a book. And Laurel's brother, Eugene! Just have to say my sister-heart loved him!

    The romance was very sweet. There was a hint of a love triangle, but not too deep. I can't go much into the romance part without spoilers, but the story went about how I expected itparticularly with the love triangle. I really appreciated how Sawyer wove seeking God into the romance portion of the books.

    I have come to expect Sawyer as an author who packs a good spiritual lesson in her books. In this one, she wove so many threads on the topics of seeking God, anger, bitterness, faithfulness, friendship, racism, honesty, and integrity. There were several really strong Christians and a good emphasis on the church working together and pastoral involvement. So many things spot on.

    My personal rating is four stars (maybe 4.5). Some of the story flow was a little bumpy for me and predictable. I did enjoy reading it, but I think it was my writer's brain that kept me from absolutely raving over the storyline.

    *I received this book from NetGalley and happily provided my honest review*
  3. Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A moving story full of grit and heart
    June 18, 2019
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    An enthralling story featuring four protagonists who each get page time with their own personal point of view. Love the backdrop of the Atlanta Cotton Exposition -- the perfect place for lives and values to collide. Sawyer really brings this setting to life with vivid descriptions that stole my breath (and heart) away. Because....tumultuous doesn't begin to describe my state of mind during this read. I hate injustice of any kind and there's plenty of that here. Race, education, social class...even women's rights. My tummy was flip-flopping and my heart was hammering and it got to the point where I nearly ripped pages I was turning them so fast!(Metaphorically speaking, you understand. I would never really rip pages from a book!)

    Love Laurel's gentle strength and the way her faith grows as a result of her experiences working at the exposition. A Silken Thread is a coming-of-age story in that respect. And there's romance...two possible beaus (not really a love triangle because it's pretty clear who the 'good' guy is...well, at least, she ended up with who I wanted her to be with!) But there are so many layers to this story as Laurel, Langdon, Willie and Quincy become entangled in the division and strife of a city still trying to find its footing thirty years after the Civil War.

    A moving story full of grit and heart that's sure to captivate the most discerning of historical fiction connoisseurs.
  4. Jamestown NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Will we trust God to care for our needs?
    May 21, 2019
    Sally Ferguson
    Jamestown NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Cotton States and International Exposition sets the backdrop for A Silken Thread. Four lives are interwoven when the Expo comes to Atlanta, and their values are tested. Laurel, Langdon, Willie and Quincy question their viewpoint in different ways, giving us a peek at human nature. Would we respond any different?

    Kim Vogel Sawyer wrote A Silken Thread with an underlying theme. "I wanted to use the elements of story to show the injustice and unfairness of treating people differently based on something as inconsequential and out of one's control as skin color."

    The year was 1985, but inequalities hadn't been resolved in the 30 years following the Civil War. The war should have lessened the divide. "Rich and poor, black and white, educated and unschooled... There were more chasms holding people apart than bridges bringing them together."

    Could one person make a difference? Willie's Ma had said, "Set the better example, Willie. Be kind an' acceptin'. Sometimes all people need is someone to show them another way to be."

    Through Willie's actions, we learn the importance of elder care and the sanctity of life.

    Through Quincy and Willie's friendship, we learn people need to be more like God, who looks on a person's heart.

    When trouble hit, Laurel mourned the destruction of the Silk Room. "Why would someone destroy things that were so beautiful?"

    Miss Warner sighed. "I suppose it happened, Laurel, because some people don't see the beauty of a thing. They only see a threat. And in their ignorance, they seek to destroy it."

    There are so many reasons why I liked A Silken Thread. Descriptions of the Expo create excitement about the adventure and change it brought to the South and to the city of Atlanta. A look into the lives of those affected helps me to see the impact of my actions on others. And the elements of good storytelling show me how the Bible relates to life in every century. Kim says, "We all have the same desire as Laurel in the story: to love and be loved, to belong, to matter. We can help others feel accepted and valued when we choose to look past their exteriors to their hearts. That's what God does for us. As His followers, should we not emulate Him?"

    Get a copy and settle in for a charming story about what really matters!

    Disclosure of Material: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the WaterBrook/Multnomah book review program in exchange for a fair and honest review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's CFR Title 16, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Thoughtful & Rich
    May 17, 2019
    Just Commonly
    ". . . God don't waste nothin'. That all things is s'posed to wo'k fo' good." (309 ARC)

    A story of growing up, of taking charge of who you are, but also knowing your heart, A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer takes readers on an emotional journey to of knowing when to let go, and when to hold on.

    "She hadn't been holding to God, but He hadn't let go of her. He was clinging, as tenacious as that silken thread, and He would never let her go." (307 ARC)

    In a historical time of how one's difference can be the catalyst for hatred, as well as love seems almost as relevant now as it was then. The romantic thread may drive the story through, but it's the message of love, respect and integrity that held it together, illustrating a message of God's love for all. It was hard to read some areas due to the racial or social hierarchical discrimination towards some great characters. However, it was well executed and not at all graphic, providing readers a moral sense of right and wrong. In all, a beautiful story rich with historical details profound characters and analogical reasoning.

    "Ain't two people anywhere that're exactly the same. But the differences only matter when we let'em. . . are we gonna let'em? " (207 ARC )

    Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
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