Book review: The Thread That Binds by Alice Hayes

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Book Details:

Book Title:  The Thread That Binds by Alice Hayes
Category:  Adult fiction, 284 pages
Genre:  Women’s Fiction
Publisher:  Fastpencil
Release date:  September, 2015
Available for review in:  Print, ebook (mobi for Kindle), PDF & ePUB
Will send print books:  Internationally
Tour dates:  Nov 23 to Dec 11, 2015
Content Rating:  PG 13 + M (Profanities are used occasionally, but there are only one or two f-bombs. The word ‘G*d d*mn’ is referenced, but never used. The book deals with mature issues, such as unplanned pregnancy, spousal abuse, and parental abandonment. There are a few non-graphic sex scenes (one is ‘fade to black’, the other are a little more descriptive but by no means explicit). There are two non-explicit labor/birth scenes. There is one mildly violent sex scene.

Book Description:  

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.

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Meet 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.

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REVIEW:

Where do you turn to when you are in a hopeless situation?  For Sylvie, it was non-existent healthcare for her baby.  For Payton, it was finding a new home and job for herself and her baby.  For Sherice, it was dealing with her mother’s advancing Alzheimer condition.  Gloria was surviving an abusive marriage and Joanne’s decision to raise a child alone without a husband raised more questions than answers.

The author managed to blend these very different scenarios easily by introducing the new characters one at a time.  Each character had it’s own chapter so you were able to identify with each person without getting lost.

Some of the situations in this book were loosely based on the author’s own life.  Her goal was to show that kindness and empathy can make the difference between despair and hope.  The friendships that developed between the characters was heartwarming.

Although I enjoyed the book overall, I found the ending to some of the women’s story to be a bit unrealistic and easy.   A good read for someone who enjoys women’s fiction.

Please note:  there is profanity throughout the book as well as some crude / distressing situations.

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