About the Book:
Title: A Silken Thread
Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Release Date: April 2, 2019
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’s 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’ve been drumming my fingertips over the keyboard for several minutes now as I contemplate where to begin. That’s not a bad thing. I don’t have a single bad thing to say about the book. I’m just having trouble putting all my thoughts together. Let’s give it a go and see what happens…
There is a lot going on in A Silken Thread. More than what I anticipated from reading the back cover. I expected each problem to have its own track. Instead, they are all woven together into a tapestry of unbelievable art. Each character’s actions, reactions, and ideals influenced the progression of each plot point, not just their own. I felt caught, wrapped in a cocoon of the author’s weaving. I was bound without feeling trapped, the words of the story washing over me in a steady cadence.
A Silken Thread does something I’ve never experienced before. Every time the point of view changes, everything changes. For each character, the author’s voice adjusts. This was most evident when seeing the world from Quincy’s point of view. What Quincy sees, the things he chooses to describe, tell a different story from what Willie, Langdon, or Laurel would choose to see even if they were standing right beside him. It was remarkable.
As for the characters, well, we all know there will be favorites. I wanted to shake Laurel for being so naive, but truly, she was not at fault. Langdon gave her no reason to believe he was anything other than the perfect rich young gentleman. I always was a sucker for the underdog, though, so even if Langdon had been on the up and up, I would have been rooting for Willie to win Laurel’s heart.
What I loved best was the gentle way A Silken Thread addressed the racism that was rampant during the time period. The cruelty of prejudice was evident and seen through the eyes of each character so we are given the entire scope, from those who were affected to those who were causing the dissent. It’s painful to know that even now that same cruelty exists. Laurel went through eighteen years of life with blinders on. When they were removed, she had to choose if she would stand on the side of love, or if she would let hatred enter her heart. Each day, we all must make that same choice.