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A story of loss, grief and the struggle to survive against adversity.

Jan Turnbull’s life takes a sharp turn towards chaos the instant her eldest son, Simon takes a tumble in the surf and loses his life.

Blame competes with grief and Jan’s husband turns against her. She finds herself ousted from the family home and separated from their remaining son, Andy.

As Jan tries to cop
Kindle Edition, 284 pages
Published November 23rd 2015 by Cala Publishing
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Manly Beach in Sydney had always been a place of joy; a day by the surf gave Jan Turnbull, her husband Graham and sons Simon and Andy the freedom to enjoy the sparkling waves, the bright sunshine and much laughter with family and friends. But when a tragic accident took the life of Jan and Graham’s eldest son Simon, the lives of the family changed immediately and irrevocably. Grief overtook the three remaining family members – they all reacted differently, but the shock Jan felt when, instead of ...more
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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A great family drama full of situations no parent would ever want to be in. Guilt, blame, denial, grief; all emotions are explored and laid bare, I don’t doubt that some will require to have a box of tissues to the ready.

All the characters are well developed – except maybe the husband Graham. Mostly I found him cold, unsupportive, self-centred and old fashioned in his thinking and behaviour. I didn’t like him at all and was therefore disappointed with the rather neatly sewn up ending; w
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In this follow up to Band of Gold we hear Jan's story. Jan and Graham have been happily married for years. Unable to have children of their own, they took responsibility for their two young nephews after their parents were tragically killed. Simon and Alex are now in their teens, but tragedy strikes when Simon is killed in a surfing accident. This accident changes all their lives, Graham blames Jan for not being vigilant enough and virtually shuts himself off from her. Jan flees the family home ...more
Nicki Edwards
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced reader copy of this book and this is my honest review.
When I first saw the cover, I didn't think I would enjoy the book. The main character looks like a woman in her late 50's, early 60's and I wasn't sure how I'd enjoy reading a book with an older, more mature heroine, but don't let the cover put you off. This book, like the author's others, was excellent.
Once again, I found this author's writing to be flawless, her storylines easy to follow and her
Nene Davies
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it

Fans of Maggie Christensen will not be disappointed with her new book, Broken Threads. In fact, they are going to be delighted! Not only do we catch a glimpse into the life of Anna, our favourite from Band Of Gold, we spend the whole story in the company of her sister Jan.
Maggie takes us into the life of a mature woman having to deal with an array of confronting situations, most devastating of which is her terrible grief at losing somebody precious. Her pain is compounded by the reactions of tho
Tony Harrington
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Congratulations Maggie Christensen on another well crafted novel dealing with heart wrenching and difficult life situations. The main character, Jan, has her life torn apart after the accidental surf related death of her favourite son. Her husband blams her for not watching him in the surf. She blames herself and her other son blames himself because he was in the surf with his brother. This results in an emotional tsunami of grief and loss with an almost total breakdown of their loving family re
Mary Monks
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The main character Jan has her life plummet out of control after the sudden death of one of her sons. (This is not a spoiler as it happens right at the beginning). The story deals with how Jan, her husband and remaining son, cope with such a tragic event. Jan is a strong and resilient person and I must say, is way more tolerant of her husband's behaviour than I suspect I would be!!! I enjoyed watching her grow as she gradually accepts the fact that Simon has gone fore ...more
Rosie Amber
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Broken threads is a light easy contemporary read set in Australia. It opens with the accidental death of a young man. His death splits the grieving family of Jan, Graham and Andy forcing Jan to leave home.

Guilt blame and denial run deep for more than one family. Jan find herself offering a home to Simon's girlfriend as her family turn her away at a time of need. Finding strength from her situation Jan gets a job, signs up as a volunteer at the zoo and even enjoys a new social life.

However she i
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A novel that could be anyone's life but love conquers all Family ties are very strong Worth the time to read
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After a career in education, Maggie Christensen began writing contemporary women’s fiction portraying mature women facing life-changing situations. Her travels inspire her writing, be it her frequent visits to family in Oregon, USA or her home on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. Maggie writes of mature heroines coming to terms with changes in their lives and the heroes worthy of them.
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