Thread for Pearls

A Story of Resilient Hope

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
452 Pages
Reviewed on 04/03/2019
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Author Biography

Master storyteller Lauren Speeth has shared her stories in film and print over the years with audiences around the world, to critical acclaim. Her storytelling interests run the gamut, from books about the American experience to 3-D films about Irish spirituality, to music about love and life. In this, her first novel, she shares what she has come to understand as the fundamental human experience of resiliency and hope. When not dreaming up stories, Speeth leads Elfenworks Productions, LLC, a pro-social business with internationally acclaimed media content, and The Elfenworks Foundation, where she has assembled a team of social entrepreneurs of the highest caliber that work together daily on projects that foster the greater good.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

Thread for Pearls: A Story of Resilient Hope by Lauren Speeth is an inspirational coming-of-age story that melds a political and historical setting, the dynamics of a family, and disturbing events to forge a character that will astonish readers. Before she turns thirteen, Fiona Sprechelbach goes through so much. The story takes readers through her harrowing experiences — the tear gas at a Vietnam War rally, the trying events in India, the challenges of living in a rural commune in Pennsylvania, and a near-death experience in a car with her mom are just a few of them. But what has kept her alive, kept her going, and given her faith in life and humanity? The answer to this question will surprise readers.

This is a tale of hope, faith, and the resilience of the human spirit faced with the vicissitudes of life. Lauren Speeth weaves a narrative that explores how far a human being can go to survive. The protagonist is a fascinating character and readers will want to follow her growth and her perspective on life. The story explores her growth through the unusual happenings she experiences. I loved the grit, the breathtaking experiences of danger, but most importantly, it is the way the protagonist deals with what happens to her that makes this story a great read. This is one of those novels with a powerful message - that we can transform painful situations into fodder for our human growth. Thread for Pearls: A Story of Resilient Hope is spellbinding and beautifully written. I enjoyed the beauty with which the author captures the emotions of the characters, the focused scenes, and the music that flows through the prose.