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.
Title: The Thread That Binds
Author: Alice Hayes
Genre: Fiction / Adult Fiction / Women’s Fiction / Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: September 14, 2015
Source: Author via iRead Book Tours
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of The Thread That Binds from the author via iRead Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are mine.
The Thread That Binds is a story of love in action. Not romantic love, but friend love. The love between five women each seeking comfort and solace at a time in each life fraught with emotions, difficulties, and sometimes fear.
These women–Sherice, Sylvie, Joanne, Payton, and Gloria–all of them in various stages of pregnancy, except Gloria. The friendship building begins with Sherice, a sonography technician in an obstetrics clinic. The simple act of reaching out with her creative side is the start to a relationship she doesn’t expect. And with each new woman introduced the friendly group grows and grows.
At some point, each woman confronts fear, distrust, sorrow, anger, jealousy, and more. And here the friendships become all important. Unanticipated support from the others shores each struggling woman up and forward.
In many ways, Hayes is a gifted writer. Early on I felt as though I might be too old for this novel, but quickly I became engaged with the characters such that I couldn’t set them aside. I wanted to help them too.
Hayes might have tightened up the narrative a bit, and perhaps let each woman tell a bit more of her story before changing places with another character. Still, all in all, I can say it was an enjoyable read.
Young women approaching the childbearing phrase of their lives will find this an enjoyable read. The book itself underscores the importance of friendly support from other than relatives and close family members.
Hayes manages the group of characters so well it is evident that in all this world, everyone will find or needs to find a really good friend. Especially at those special times in our lives.
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Meet Alice Hayes:
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.
Link to Alice’s interview on World’s Best Story: