img_0830    THE HIDDEN THREAD by Liz Trenow

In the historical fiction novel The Hidden Thread by Liz Trenow, set in 1760, Anna Butterfield’s world is turned upside down when her mother passes after a long illness and she must relocate from Suffolk to London to live with her uncle Joseph Sadler, an eminent mercer, in order to be presented to society in the hopes of finding find a suitable marriage partner so she can continue providing for her father and younger sister. Her cousin Lizzie becomes her greatest friend and confidant helping Anne to navigate in this unknown and new world.

During this time, Anne meets Henry, a French immigrant and lower class apprentice working toward his mastership whom she has an instant connection with, but is quickly discouraged from pursuing.The times are unstable as the silk wars continue to cause smugglers to become more dangerous and unpredictable. Henry becomes involved in the riots in order to protest for fair wages.

This novel was beautifully written as the author uses rich descriptive language, has developed deep characters that readers can become invested in, and a plot that will keep you interested for the most part (tedious at times) with alternating perspectives between Anna and Henry. I especially liked the tidbit of advice offered at the beginning of every chapter. If you like historical fiction, you’ll appreciate the research put into the novel about the silk trade. I rate this novel 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review.

Reviewed: January 31, 2017. Novel Publish Date: May 1, 2017.

Link to purchase: Goodreads


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