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For readers who love a heartwarming romance and a rich historical setting comes a tale of a young woman with a heavy burden, the International Cotton Exposition, and the pursuit of true love.

Eighteen-year-old Laurel Millard, youngest of seven children, is expected to stay home and "take care of Mama" by her older siblings, but Laurel has dreams of starting her own family.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Waterbrook Press (first published April 2019)
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Deanne Patterson
I haven't read a book by Kim Vogel Sawyer that I haven't immensely enjoyed. I always come away from reading her books feeling like a better person emotionally and spiritually.
She continues to amaze me with the quality of her books.
Set in Atlanta,Georgia thirty years after the end of the Civil War at the Atlanta Cotton Exposition.
I found it interesting to learn the history of the Cotton Exposition. The Civil War was over but racial tensions were still high in the south.
Even though I may not hav
Oh, my, ALL the excellent moments in this book!! Wow. It was pure pleasure to read about despite the difficult and outright uncomfortable nature of some of the roadblocks the characters have to work past. In the Exhibition in 1880s Atlanta, four POV characters have to confront real life in ways they never dreamed of finding it.

All four of these characters are sympathetic, despite some actions that are very grave mistakes indeed. The talent Sawyer employs in pulling this off is amazing--because
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
A Silken Thread is set in Atlanta 30 years after then end of the Civil War at the Atlanta Cotton Exposition.

Laurel Millard is the youngest child and tasked with the responsibility of caring for her widowed mother. Laurel sets out to find a wealthy beau who can take care of them both.

Wealthy Langdon Rochester can only gain his inheritance by marrying. He hopes to find a willing bride.

Friends Willie Sharp and Quincy Tate seek jobs at the exposition to help out their families financially.

Kim Vogel
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“For readers who love a heartwarming romance and a rich historical setting comes a tale of a young woman with a heavy burden, the International Cotton Exposition, and the pursuit of true love.
Eighteen-year-old Laurel Millard, youngest of seven children, is expected to stay home and "take care of Mama" by her older siblings, but Laurel has dreams of starting her own family. Operating a silk loom at the Atlanta Exposition will give her the chance to capture the heart of a man wea
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Like, wow. This was the first book I've ever read by Kim Vogel Sawyer, and I was not expecting it to be so riveting and touching. A Silken Thread is based on the cotton exposition in the 1800's in Atlanta. The main character's name is Laurel Millard, and she goes to the exposition in hopes of finding a suitor. Sounds boring / fluffy, right? Well, that was what I was expecting.

No, it's much more than that. This book has
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Someone will need to take care for Mama in her dotage, and we believe the rightful person is you."

Given a nearly impossible ultimatum by her older siblings, Laurel Millard can only dream of finding a suitor who can not only support her, but also her mother. When the opportunity, to spread her wings a bit, arrives in the form of temporary employment in the Silk Room at the Atlanta Cotton Exposition, Laurel decides to be on the lookout for a wealthy suitor. . . . .who, if she is lucky . . . . wil
It's 1895 in Georgia, the Civil War has ended but racial issues still plague the south. Laurel Millard, a young white middle class woman, Langdon Rochester, white son of a wealthy factory owner, Willie Sharp, a lower class white factory worker, and Quincy, a poor black worker and best friend of Willie all apply for and receive jobs at the Cotton States and International Exposition that will be held in Atlanta. Each has a need that they feel working at the exposition will fill.

The way Sawyer int
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An enthralling story featuring four protagonists who each get page time with their own personal point of view. Love the backdrop of the Atlanta Cotton Exposition -- the perfect place for lives and values to collide. Sawyer really brings this setting to life with vivid descriptions that stole my breath (and heart) away. Because....tumultuous doesn't begin to describe my state of mind during this read. I hate injustice of any kind and there's plenty of that here. Race, education, social class...ev ...more
Andrea Cox
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.

Oh goodness! This one… this story… about friendships, choices, and integrity… I’m so blown away and happy and delighted. What a great addition to Mrs. Sawyer’s lengthy list of published novels! The trademark thread of hope kept me eager to keep reading every chapter. The complex plot is one of Mrs. Sawyer’s best. I love it when my favorite authors continu
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Kim Vogel Sawyer's newest historical fiction novel, A Silken Thread, she tells a compelling story of coming of age in the late 1800s during a time of continued racial struggles in the South. I found the history of the Cotton Exposition to be interesting. As Sawyer includes racial issues between the characters, I like seeing those struggles from each character's perspective. It seemed to be true to the times. As the book progressed, I found all of the characters to be fairly likeable. Initiall ...more
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kim Vogel Sawyer has done it once again with A Silken Thread. She knows how to write a story full of grace and this one is no exception. Her vision of what it was like a few decades after the Civil War in Georgia was fascinating. It is a wonderful story of hope and love.
I am giving A Silken Thread a well deserved five stars. I highly recommend this beautiful, well written and inspirational story.
I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% m
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Four lives are changed at the International Cotton Exposition in Atlanta in 1895.

Laurel is the youngest of seven siblings who support her and her mother, but Laurel wants more from her life than to care for her mother, so she comes up with a plan to go to the International Cotton Exposition as a silk loom operator in hopes of finding a husband. She crosses paths with Langdon, Willie, and Quincy.

A novel rich in history that follows four main characters and how their lives are changed and shaped b
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another good book by Kim - heartwarming - romance - Historical America (1800's) just after the Civil War - many actions with the characters but it was such a sensitive time of racism and she handled it with integrity & friendship of the characters. ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have no idea how to review this. So many things jump out at me to write down, and then when I physically sit to do so, those thoughts go right out of my head! Kim Vogel Sawyer is one of my top favorite historical authors and she brings whatever time period she’s writing to life and fleshes out characters so real you could touch them. At the end of each novel, I feel like I’ve made new friends and celebrated each high and low with them. I cared deeply about Laurel and her extended family, Willi ...more
Karen R
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An engaging story from start to finish! Set in 1895, Atlanta, Georgia during the Cotton States and International Exposition. Told from the perspective of four young people who cross paths during the Exposition, and whose lives are changed as a result.

This well written story pulled me in from the beginning and held my interest as the characters' conflicts grew and came together. An important theme of the story involved prejudice, and bigotry, a sad element in our society still around today. A goo
A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer

1895 Atlanta Exposition, Georgia
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction

Laurel Millard – 18-year old Weaver for the Atlanta Exposition
Willie Sharp – Hired as security guard
Quincy Tate – Hired as groundskeeper
Langdon Rochester Arrogant young man in need of a wife
Eugene – Laurel’s understanding older brother
Zenia Tate – Quincy’s wise ma

The Atlanta Exposition of 1895 was an exciting time for many, especially those hoping for jobs. Laurel, Willie and Quincy
Maureen Timerman
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
A book that takes place 30 years after the Civil War, and we see prejudice up close and personal. I really have never heard to the Atlanta World’s Fair, mostly the famous Chicago, so was intrigued!
The author gives us so many aspects in this read, and how they all mesh together makes for a great story.
Love and respect for your fellow man, whether a parent, or a dear friend, and then we see the faces of evil, those that don’t care how they get what they want or whom they hurt as they achieve disgu
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting book w/ race and class differences...
Ohh, how am I supposed to review this? What am I supposed to say? How am I supposed to form words to express how much I loved this?

It was such a great book and now I need to paperback of it … but it doesn't come out until April! I shall wait as patiently as I can. ;)

The characters in this book were amazing and I loved each one of them … even Langdon (sort of, but definitely more at the end). I could relate so much with a lot of their feelings, they were so real! I have so say my favourites were
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a Christian romance novel, set in 1895 in Atlanta, Georgia. The novel centers around a historical event, the Atlanta Exposition. It is a romance, yes, but it also deals with the timely topics of racism and prejudice.

There are four main characters in the story: Laurel, a white middle-class young woman who takes a job at the Exposition as a silk weaver, looking for an opportunity to meet well-to-do man who can will marry her and also agree to take in her wid
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book doesn't release until next April, but you definitely want it on your MUST read for 2019!

The author tells an eye opening story of life 30 years after the Civil War. I found it deeply touching and moving.

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A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer takes readers back to September 1895 in Atlanta, Georgia. Laurel A. Millard is eighteen years old and lives with her mother, Adelia. She is surprised when her siblings (all five of them) stop by while their mother is napping. They expect her to give up marriage and family to take care of their mother until she passes away. Laurel hopes that she can find a man that loves her and is willing (and wealthy enough) to let her mother live with them. The city is prepa ...more
Amanda Tero
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
The setting of this story was very interesting: the exposition. I enjoyed how four POVs covered four different areas of the expo. And I also appreciated the message of this book. I thought that Sawyer handled the issue of racism very delicately and true to history.

Langdon really was a loathsome character, but I liked him. Not as a person, but as in, “She did a good job depicting a bitter, spoiled brat.”

Quincy was a great addition. The conversation he had with his mam about being enslaved was so
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another one hit out of the ballpark by my favorite go to author. Ms. Sawyer never disappoints with her complex characters and woven tapestries of Faith into her stories. You always want more as the story is thought provoking and the historical aspects , mild suspense, family dynamics, and romance keep you on your toes. I loved the friendship between Willie and Quincy and how when tested and put through the fire ....well you have to read to find out how differences in race, education, and social ...more
Diane Perry
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from WaterBrook Multnomah for an honest review. This is not my typical genre, but I enjoyed this story so much. Heartwarming and moving. A great historical fiction set in 1895. Willie Sharp was a wonderful character. A bit of romance, ffriendship, suspense and faith all rolled into one story.
A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer was a fairly quick, entertaining read. Set not long after the end of the American Civil War, it follows eighteen-year-old Laurel Millard and three young men, Willie Sharp, Quincy Tate, and Langdon Rochester during the International Cotton Exposition. Each have their own goals and dreams, and each will have to find their way during a tumultuous time in history.

I have loved some of this author's novels, yet others have fallen a little flat for me, personally. A
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Christian Fiction Readers
The 1895 Cotton States and International Exposition was a true piece of history and is central to this story. The exposition took place in Atlanta, GA and thousands visited creating jobs for many local citizens. It is these young workers whose stories intertwine as they work in this exciting environment while coming face to face with budding relationships, strained friendships, and post Civil War racism.

The history is quite interesting and the focus on racism is commendable; the story itself is
A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer

I received an advance reader copy of A Silken Thread from Waterbrook, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC, in exchange for an honest review.

A Silken Thread was about Laurel Millard and her plans to capture a wealthy suitor who can afford care for her mother and give Laurel the life she dreams about. She gets hired as a silk weaver at the Atlanta Cotton Exposition of 1895, and works at a loom most of the day, making lengths of silk for display and educationa
Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it
My thoughts:

A Silken Thread is a very nice Christian historical novel set in the 1800s. The book deals with many thematic topics such as racism and Christianity in a time in history when America was battling with the incorporation of people of color as part of their society. I wanted so much to love this book, but I just couldn’t seem to connect with the characters. The story setting and general idea were so original, but, for me, the characters lacked originality, and their personalities were s
Lesa Caputo
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer. First off I love historical fiction, I love going back in time, how did people live, what was their daily life like. I also love the christian aspect, so far a perfect book for me!
This book, I’ll admit, was slow to start for me, but once the setting and characters were established I really enjoyed it! Going back to 1895, Atlanta, we meet Laurel, a young girl who is reading and restless. Sunday afternoon, her momma is napping, all her sibling
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Award-winning, bestselling author Kim Vogel Sawyer told her kindergarten teacher that someday people would check out her book in the library. The little-girl dream came true in 2006 with the release of Waiting for Summer's Return. Kim's titles now exceed 1.5 million copies and are available in six different languages. A former elementary school teacher, she now enjoys a full-time writing and speak ...more

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