Wednesday, April 3, 2024

THESE TANGLED THREADS by Sarah Loudin Thomas, reviewed by Paula Shreckhise #NewRelease

Rich in the history of the Biltmore Estate and those who lived and worked there. This is a captivating story with a slow moving romance. I have never been to the Biltmore but after hearing about it and reading this book, I would love to visit. It added to the experience that the author worked there and knew a lot of the background.

The story brought out some history about the Vanderbilts and the personality of Cornelia, the favored daughter. But the prominent story was about the weaving house and Lorna Blankenship who was a master weaver. I loved it also because I have been sewing for over 60 years. It was interesting to learn about the methods of making cloth and also discovering that there was a woodworking shop on the premises. That is where we find Arthur Westcott, who slowly wends his way into Lorna’s heart. He is a devout Christian who helps Lorna selflessly when she searches for the weaver of an original and beautifully unique fabric. For Lorna, there are hard lessons to learn as she grows in her faith. With the themes of forgiveness, restoration and hope, this story also shows that things progress in God’s time.

Another exceptional story that makes you think.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author and via NetGalley. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are mine alone.* 5 stars and a solid faith thread

BackCover Blurb:
Seven years ago, a hidden betrayal scattered three young friends living in the shadow of Biltmore Estate. Now, when Biltmore Industries master weaver Lorna Blankenship is commissioned to create an original design for Cornelia Vanderbilt's 1924 wedding, she panics knowing she doesn't have the creativity needed. But there's an elusive artisan in the Blue Ridge Mountains who could save her--if only she can find her.

To track the mysterious weaver down, Lorna sees no other way but to seek out the relationships she abandoned in shame. As she pulls at each tangled thread from her old life, Lorna is forced to confront the wounds and regrets of long ago. She'll have to risk the job that shapes her identity as well as the hope of friendship--and love--restored.

In this seamlessly woven historical tale, award-winning Appalachian author Sarah Loudin Thomas delivers a poignant novel of friendship, artistry, restoration, and second chances. 

Bethany House Publishing, April 2, 2024
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook

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