Wednesday, May 8, 2024

THESE TANGLED THREADS by Sarah Loudin Thomas, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas

Rich in historical detail and set around the Biltmore Estate in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Sarah Loudin Thomas’s book, These Tangled Threads, lovingly captures the atmosphere of the area. 
Thomas is a master at creating intriguing, multi-layered characters, and I enjoyed learning more about the history surrounding the Biltmore Estate and its occupants during the early 1900s. I also liked knowing more about the weaving industry and the meticulous care that went into weaving the cloth. It is obvious that the author has done extensive research around this subject and this vicinity.

One of the things I enjoyed most about the story is the growth that was shown in the main characters throughout the tale. It was interesting to see how the main characters matured in their thoughts and actions. The story was told from the views of Arthur, Lorna, and Gentry, and I liked seeing how they were each viewing the situations. I admit being a little confused because of the many timelines which jumped around a lot. I often had to stop and reorient myself as to when the events happened. I enjoy Sarah Loudin Thomas’s books and feel she puts a lot of thought and research into them. I’ll be looking forward to reading more from her in the future.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House. All opinions are my own.



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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