About A Silken Thread

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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?

My Review

Kim Vogel Sawyer is another author I’ve been reading for years — so getting an ARC was a bit of a pinch-me-I’m-dreaming moment!

Sawyer brings the world of 1895 Atlanta to life! The Exhibition took over the city that year, often bringing to mind Chicago’s World’s Fair of 1893 — just two short years before. Thankfully there were no H.H. Holmes-type characters or incidents! (Go figure, though, that my next read is Grace Hitchcock’s The White City — a book set in Chicago, during the World’s Fair, with Holmes as a primary character. :D)

A Silken Thread tells the story from four different viewpoints: Laurel Millard, Willie Sharp, Quincy Tate, and Langdon Rochester. Laurel’s was the easiest to keep track of, as the only girl; I did have to think a bit to recall the others’ storylines.

Denouement was quick and to the point at the end; I wished we could see more of Laurel’s mama’s action items post-climax. Ha!

In short, a sweet story with a good pairing of history and fiction. Character development was — I would have said “surprisingly” solid given the four viewpoints, but then again, this is Kim Vogel Sawyer we’re talking about! No surprise there based on what I’ve read of her other books. A winner!

I received a copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

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Award-winning, bestselling author Kim Vogel Sawyer is a wife, mother, gramma, chocolate-lover, cat-petter, and–most importantly–a daughter of the King! With more than 1.5 million books in print in seven different languages, Kim enjoys a full-time writing and speaking ministry. Her “gentle stories of hope” are loved by readers and reviewers alike. Kim and her retired military husband, Don, reside on the plains of Kansas, the setting for many of her novels.