Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Threads of Hope



Kristin Eikaas has her hopes set on a new life in America.
The year is 1848, and Kristin Eikaas has traveled from Norway to Wisconsin with dreams of a new life. But when she arrives, she finds one disappointment after another. Worse, her superstitious uncle now believes that his neighbor’s Oneida Indian wife has put a curse on Kristin. Everyone knows the Sundbergs put spells on people…
Everyone except Kristin. Her run-ins with Sam Sundberg only prove that he is a good man from a Christian family. But when her uncle discovers she’s been associating with Sam, his temper flares. To escape his wrath, Kristin gratefully accepts a job as the Sundbergs’ house girl, finding solace at the family’s spinning wheel.
In the time Sam and Kristin spend together, their friendship develops into much more, and Sam prays about a match between them. But opposition threatens to derail their newfound love. Will they have the courage to stand up for what is right—even against their own families?

My Review:

Boeshaar has managed to capture the essence of the pioneer spirit in this engrossing historical romance. As I read, I marveled at the courage of our ancestors. They left everything that was familiar to them, including their language, in order to move to this 'promised land'. 

Kristen is wide-eyed with wonder and excitement in the first pages of this book, but that all changes quickly and she soon finds herself in an impossible situation.  Confused, she no longer knows who she can trust and her feeling of security crumbles. Boeshaar makes sure that her readers accompany Kristen on her emotional journey; that they feel her confusion and fear. But the author doesn't forsake the heroine in spite of torturing her time and time again! In fact she created a noteworthy hero to help Kristen along the way. Though, come to think of it, sometimes he's at the root of her confusion too!

There's a great dynamic between Sam and Kristen in spite of the prejudice that seems to surround them. And Threads of Hope deals with different aspects of discrimination -- some of it from surprising sources. This is a story about a divided community and how easily individuals can be swayed from what is right and true. These compelling undercurrents ripple through the story, adding extra dimension and interest. Definitely a memorable read.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Threads of Hope, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Please remember to put the title in your subject line so that your entry is easy for me to spot. Draw will take place on Sunday January 15 and I'll announce the winner on the same day. Open to international entries. Good luck!


  1. The prejudice angle interests me!

    rmjagears AT gmail DOT com

  2. It hooked me too, Melissa! Good luck!

  3. This sounds like an amazing book. I would love to read this book. I want to figure out how they overcome the obstacles that they are faced with. Thanks for the chance to win.


  4. A book set in Wisconsin!! I live in WI and there are not a lot of books set in WI out there!

  5. The historical pioneer days are a subject I love. Please enter me.

    Linda at:
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  6. I love the fact that main character traveled from Norway to Wisconsion!

    jen.whitney08 at gmail dot com

  7. The Norwegian settlement angle was really interesting. A different kind of immigrant story. Good luck everyone!

  8. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway for Threads of Hope. :-)

  9. I have always enjoyed reading books about Pioneers and enjoy reading about people coming over and settling in the states and the obstacles that they have to go through. This book sounds quite interesting. Please enter me!


  10. My ancestors traveled from Norway. This would be a book many of my family and me would enjoy a lot.

  11. Sounds like a great read! Please enter me in the drawing.
    Ashley Roberts

  12. I have not read anything by her yet. I did get two of her books from her first series over Christmas. Please enter me as this story sounds great.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  13. Wow sounds interesting. Placed in WI where I'm from! How cool.
    Would love to read this book!

  14. I can't imagine the bravery of those people to leave home and move to a foreign country to live - especially back in those days. I'd love to see how Kristin deals with all the prejudice and disappointments. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. How great that we have some Wisconsin readers in the mix! Always fun to read about your own area. Good luck everyone!!!

  16. I would love to read this book! Sounds very good!

  17. Please enter me to win this book. Thank you for the chance to win!


    P.S. I am currently having a giveaway for anyone who follows my blog. The winner will receive their choice of either a book from my library or a $10 Amazon gift-card. The giveaway ends on Jan. 31, 2012. The winner will be announced in early February.


  18. Consider yourself entered, Aizess...and Books Are A Blessing!

  19. Loved your review. Sounds like quite a captivating read. Definitely added this book to my wishlist. Always interesting to read books about how communities can be divided and how conflicts happen and can be resolved or challenging.

    Please enter my name in the draw...

    zabook at tpg dot com dot au

    Many thanks.

  20. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  21. Hey Kav, please enter me for this giveaway! Sounds like an interesting book and I loved her other ones. Thanks so much!


  22. Good luck, Shaz, Karen and Charity!

  23. To be a pioneer and an immigrant had to be quite an adventure and test of character. I'd love to be entered for Threads of Hope.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  24. This looks like a great historical read. Thank you for the chance to win a copy. iamabho (@) gmail (.) com 😍