I was originally drawn to author Lea Wait's Threads of Evidence by the cover, an image of a cozy fireside spot, surrounded by needlework. However, after I began reading, the cover was soon forgotten and I was drawn into the story. In addition to the intrigue of the unfolding forty-five-year-old mystery, the quotes from historic samplers inspired me.
It would not be necessary to be a needlepoint hobbyist in order to understand the story but having this knowledge certainly makes the story resonate more strongly. The wall hangings in an ancient home reveal the awareness that a lingering mother has of her daughter’s murderer. When the local police fail to investigate the death as anything other than an accident, the grief stricken mother uses her needlework to provide the clues she has uncovered in hopes that one day the crime will be solved.
I was additionally captivated by the quotes from samplers done by young women in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. Continually stressing virtues and character as the keys to a life of happiness and contentment I found this meaningful in today’s world as well. While we don’t adhere to the same standards for morality and virtuosity as were appropriate in those times, ideals are still mandatory in steering your life course to a higher level.
I would recommend this book to anyone who feels drawn to the small towns in Maine as well as those who enjoy working with colorful threads and historic needlepoint samplers. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and was disappointed when I had to turn the last page, completing my visit to Haven Harbor, Maine.
I did receive a free copy of this book from Kensington Books via Net Galley in order to write this review. I received no monetary compensation and was not obligated to make it a positive review. I was simply asked to give my honest opinion which I have done.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Thursday, July 2, 2015
I loved this book, even more than I loved Christiane Northrup’s book on Menopause and that’s a stretch because there was so much important information in that book. Ditto with this one. I did watch her PBS special where she outlined the book before a television audience after I had read the first few chapters. Fortunately, since I had the book, it wasn’t necessary for me to take notes during the presentation as I knew the references to books, authors and websites would be covered in the book.
What a read, a streetlight for going forward in this Century. The good Doctor presents a paradigm shift for the inevitable ‘if you don’t die syndrome’… I won’t name various choices, but you know phrases that have the word ‘age’ in them. For Women, and she does include men here and there, this is a book for women because where we are now, we’ve never been before and we could use a few guideposts along the way to help us navigate this new world. We could say 70 is the new 50 but you get the idea.
As her previous books have revealed, Dr. Northrup embraces both the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of our biological processes (Menopause and Age) and she’s not bemoaning any of it. She’s not locked into testing this and that to prevent some disease or other and she’s not suggesting you just play cards with the folks at the senior center. She is inspiring us to Greatness! Great Lives, adventure, creativity, pleasure and with those comes the big one, Health!
From the esoteric to the practical, she covers seeking pleasure on a daily basis to getting your sugar number. She covers diet but she also covers daily movement, and not necessarily an exercise plan.
I did receive a free copy of this book from Hay House Publishing in order to write this review. I received no monetary compensation and was not obligated to make it a positive review. I was simply asked to give my honest opinion which I have done.