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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  27,366 ratings  ·  925 reviews
When Sierra discovers her young ancestor's handcrafted quilt and reads her journal, she finds that their lives are very similar. By following her ancestor's example, she learns to surrender to God's sovereignty and unconditional love.
Paperback, 462 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Living Books (first published October 1st 1995)
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Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers is NOT my favorite book. It probably never will be, no matter how many times I read it. I can't even say I like Sierra, the main character of the novel, or what she does, or Alex, the other main character. Why not? Because reading this book is like holding up a mirror and looking at myself, square in the face. Never did I feel I was inside Sierra's mind, but often I felt she had invaded mine.
This novel actually is a story within a story, telling the story o
May 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Scarlet thread ⭐️

I dont know how she makes me fall in love with the characters so quickly. Everything she writes is pure gold.

She is a rich white girl, he is an average hispanic boy. Their parents dont approve but love is love an unstoppable love.

They get married and start a family and everything is perfect. That is until that unstoppable love sees reality in the harsh world.
Natalie Vellacott
I had high hopes for this book due to having enjoyed The Atonement Child and And the Shofar Blew, however, I was disappointed.

There are two stories which are meant to be running parallel and presumably woven together. But, they don't actually fit with each other and could easily be extracted from the book and told independently. The first story is about a gradually declining marriage leading to an affair and the other is told through the journal of a girl that used to live in the first couple's
Jun 04, 2008 rated it liked it
I just read this book for the second time - I think it's a good portrayal of what can happen in a marriage when both parties are selfish. However, there's got to be some way that people can talk about finding God in their lives without being completely cliche. It's frustrating to be reading along and enjoying the book when suddenly, WHAM, there's a phrase that just makes you groan.

One of Rivers' (as well as many other "inspirational fiction" writers) trademarks is using one phrase several times
Geri Reads
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm seeing a disturbing trend among Christian fiction where husbands engage in extra-marital affairs and it's always, ALWAYS ends up being the wife's fault!! ALWAYS! Plus, the women ALWAYS end suffering and losing everything, (pride, dignity, self-esteem), and the husbands get off with no more than a slap in the wrist. And not only that, it's the wife who always ends up apologizing to the husband because it's their fault the husband had an affair. Unbelievable!! I'm all for love and forgiveness ...more
Sep 17, 2009 rated it did not like it
What can I say? I don't expect a ton from Francine Rivers. The most interesting parts of her books are people's conversion stories. That's where this one disappointed. Everything happened "too easily" and all the resolutions to each problem (that took HUNDREDS of pages going through each minor issue) took only a handful of pages to resolve. I didn't feel that any of the characters grew, they just shifted into these obvious molds. The moral of this story is unfortunate as seems that no ...more
Meredith White
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
After reading Redeeming Love, I couldn't wait to pick up another Francine Rivers book. The Scarlet Thread highlights the life of two women, generations apart but of the same family. Enduring differing but similar hardships, it is their ultimate reconciliation with their Savior that binds these two women together. Per the title, the scarlet thread is represented in a quilt made by the earlier of the two women. Interwoven throughout is a scarlet thread representing Jesus/God and is throughout each ...more
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May 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: agnostics who enjoy angst and imploding OW
This is currently my third-favorite (view spoiler) romance. But it only achieves bronze medal status because I'm basically carving out my own version of this book by ignoring a couple of major dislikes.

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M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
"When Sierra discovers her young ancestor's handcrafted quilt and reads her journal, she finds that their lives are very similar. By following her ancestor's example, she learns to surrender to God's sovereignty and unconditional love."

I should have taken the last sentence of that synopsis as a red flag, but when I had the chance to read this book after coming across it in a Little Free Library, I just couldn't pass it up because I love historical fiction, and regardless of whatever issues I hav
Veronica WordsAreMyDrinkOfChoice
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Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
‘… it is the men who dream of Oregon. It is as though Heaven itself beckons them and we must all cross hell to get to it.’

Set across different centures, The Scarlet Thread follows the lives of two women who are joined through an old, tatty journal as they each grapple with their husband’s ambition.

Twenty-first century woman Sierra Madrid is less than thrilled when her husband Alex announces that he has accepted a job offer which means they must move hundreds of miles to Los Angeles. She is so
Sarah Miller
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
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Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For me the Scarlet Thread made sense. I could certainly relate to Sierra, her feelings about moving across country away from family and the life that they had established in her home town. I could also relate to her husband's need for adventure, feeling like he needed to better provide for his family and follow his dreams. I don't think it is always easy for a wife to follow her husband. And many times it takes lots of work on our attitudes when we are faced with those kind of decisions. In ligh ...more
Jun 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I read this book every time I have moved or go through some sort of big change. The theme of God working through all things is a very encouraging one for me.
An excellent book. Hard to describe because sometimes it seemed dramatic but there was a point to it.
Sep 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: love-to-hate
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Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book certainly was not what I was expecting. It tells the story of Sierra Madrid (a name I found painful to constantly read), a woman who has it all until her husband decides to take a new job in a city far from their hometown. This event begins a journey down a long road of hurt, betrayal, and redemption. While reading about Sierra's life, we also read along with her as she goes through the diary of an ancestor whose circumstances mirror Sierra's in many ways.

This book was painful for me t
Priscilla Lee
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I rated this two stars because I didn't think this book was bad and deserved one star. I finished it and that says something but I don't think this will ever be a recommendation I give to others. It's a slow read without surprises. I knew exactly how the book was going to pan out from the first 50 pages and I was spot on.

If you have nothing else to read then this novel will do but please know it is nothing like Francine Rivers' previous novels A Voice In The Wind or Redeeming Love.

Apr 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
I could not get over his behaviour. He was not hero material in my opinion. The way he treated his wife...(view spoiler)...unexcusable and unforgivable.

Also, it was too preachy for my taste.
Megan Lane
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I started this book way back in like May or something, on the Kindle app, and totally forgot it existed until a couple days ago. But I busted my way through almost half of it in two days, so it wasn't a hard read or anything. haha
This was a really good book. Not my new favorite, but good. Well-written, honest characters. It's strongly in the genre of Christian Fiction For Women. (Not Amish or Historical Christian Fiction though, which is a different thing entirely.) Those have been ste
Dec 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-a-copy
The Scarlet Thread is a story about two women separated by time but sharing the same experiences and learning the same lessons together. Sierra is the modern woman who is battling marital problems while Mary Catherine McMurray is Sierra’s ancestor who was forced to make a journey on the Oregon trail. The story about Mary Catherine was set in the 1800s and was told through her journal, the entries of which I had a hard time reading at first especially during the parts where Mary Catherine did not ...more
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Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, audiobooks
It has been years since I've read this story and enjoyed listening to the audiobook. It is a time slip novel, but two different stories for the MC and her ancestor. Though both stories are independent, both ladies had the same lessons to learn in dying to oneself (own selfish desires) and having a relationship with God.

Though the historical story was interesting, the modern story tugged more at my heartstrings as it dealt with a breakup of a marriage due to both parties striving for their own ha
Margaret Chind

Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama Originally published in 1996, now refreshed with a gorgeous new cover for 2012!
Read from June 08 to 09, 2012 — I own a copy

Reading the slight description blurb for this book does not even begin to touch on what all is inside. This Creative Madness Mama had the God-timing to accidentally pick this book up after a very frustrating disagreement with the Enginerd. This edition is a reprint with a gorgeous new cover (also just reprinted The Atonement Child)
Elizabeth Ray
Jun 11, 2013 rated it liked it
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Dilushani Jayalath
For some reason this book moved me so much. Don't get me wrong, I hated Alex. Like totally, he was such an ass through out the book and then he expected Sierra just to take him back? Idiot. I hated him for it.

Well I found this book once again at my College library (funny the types of books you find there). I read my first Francine Rivers book from there too and I just wanted to try another when it came by my way. I got to say, Rivers is growing on me. Her books are nice, though in a way I think
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Francine Rivers is becoming one of my favorite authors. I just read The Scarlet Thread and what can I say but I loved it! This story is about two women in different times and the struggles that they go through. The characters we meet are Sierra Clanton Madrid and Mary Kathryn McMurray. These two women are related to each other but live years apart. Mary Kathryn’s is a pioneer woman struggling on the Oregon Trail and Sierra is a modern day wife that was also moved from her northern California hom ...more
Karen & Gerard
The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers is contemporary fiction about God’s sovereignty and faithfulness. After 13 years of marriage, Alex decides on his own to leave his steady job for an opportunity in California as a video game designer. His wife, Sierra, does not want to move and becomes angry and bitter. I particularly liked reading the part about the issues in the contemporary marriage. The couple has four times as much money but becomes very unhappy and Alex asks for a divorce. Sierra’s God ...more
Jun 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
At first I thought the book was kinda depressing. I kept thinking these people had such sad lives, and I was hoping that it would get better. As the book went on I got caught up in their characters, and how a life without Christ could be like. I kept thinking, "if they only knew God". By the middle of the book I couldn't put it down. i had to know if these people would be able to put their lives back together. It was an amazing testimony to the power of God to heal you no matter what has happene ...more
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New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers continues to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her numerous bestsellers include Redeeming Love, A Voice in the Wind, and Bridge to Haven, and her work has been translated into more than thirty different languages. She is a member of Romance Writers of America's coveted Hall of Fame as well as a recipient of the Lifetime ...more

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