Disclosure: I received an ebook copy of The Thread That Binds in exchange for my honest review.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Sherice is a new mother, a sonographer, quilter, and wife; an overworked young woman whose elderly mother is slipping away from her.
Sylvie is a newlywed and recent immigrant, unemployed and virtually penniless. Her husband’s paycheck can’t even cover prenatal care, let alone a baby, and her due date is only drawing nearer…
Joanne’s unconventional pregnancy turns her world upside down, redefining her career and relationships, and even bringing to the surface long-buried demons from her past.
Payton is seventeen, pregnant, and on the run. She flees to her uncle in Georgia with the hope of making a fresh start, but discovers making it on her own is harder than she could ever have imagined.
Gloria is trapped in an unhappy marriage; in love with someone else. Her life is falling apart. With a baby on the way, would it be selfish to flee?
Five women, once strangers, form bonds. Set in modern day Georgia, this is the story of friendship that blossoms in the land of country music, sweet tea, and secrets kept locked tight behind closed doors. Moving, funny, and at times heartbreaking, The Thread That Binds is a lesson in empathy, strength, and the beauty of love.
This book follows the journey of a handful of women who all become connected through their knowing one woman – Sherice.
Sherice seems to be the center, the glue of everyone. Each individual person meets Sherice in one aspect and then slowly, they are all brought together in one or way or another (except Payton who met Sherice through Joanne.)
I felt like in a sense, I could be any one of these women. Except Gloria. She was the only person that I felt I could not personally relate too, but that didn’t make me like her any the less.
Like Sherice, I tend to take on far too much and care for others before caring for myself. My family situation is strongly mirrored in Payton and Sylvie’s families. I felt that Joanne and I had a lot of characteristics in personality together as well as our father situations.
I loved the friendship that these ladies had together and wish I had a friendship like they did. They were such a wonderful group of ladies who were always there for the others in every time of need. It was the best support group any person could ask for.
If you are into general fiction, you will thoroughly like this book. I feel it is more “women” fiction, but you never know. There could be a man who likes it as well!!
About the Author
Originally from Winchester, England, Alice’s plans to read law at a British university were disrupted when she fell deeply in love with Georgia, USA, while studying abroad. After moving all over Georgia, Alice has finally settled in Athens and has no plans to go anywhere else.
She is a single mother to a three-year-old girl and a 65 lb hound dog. She likes coffee, wine, and anything edible with the words ‘salted caramel’ in its description.
At the time of publication, Alice is a 24-year-old history student working full time in a law office, and writing fiction at every stolen moment. She hasn’t slept in approximately two years. Her first published novel, The Thread That Binds won third place in World’s Best Story contest.