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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.