23 February 2012

Diana Flowers Reviews Threads of Hope by Andrea Boeshaar


Threads of Hope 
by Andrea Boeshaar
(Realms, 2012)

Reviewed by Diana L. Flowers


5 stars~*****

Tender Historical Romance!
In Threads of Hope, Andrea Boeshaar has weaved a heartwarming tale of honor, forgiveness, and romance, set in Wisconsin, in the year 1848. After losing both of her parents, Kristen Eikaas travels from her native Norway to America, along with her Uncle Lars and his family, seeking a better life only to find disillusion and heartbreak. Instead of the lovely home her uncle has promised, she finds herself in a one-room shanty with barely enough to eat, in a town filled with division, prejudice, and superstition. Kristin finds herself immediately drawn to her handsome neighbor, Sam Sundberg, but is forbidden to have anything to do with him or his family.

After the death of Sam's mother, his father marries a lovely Christian woman from the Oneida Indian tribe, and Uncle Lars in his ignorance and prejudice, claims that the Sundbergs cast spells on people. Mr. Sundberg, on the other hand, claims that Uncle Lars stole their silver many years ago, and a lifelong feud ensues between the two families. As false accusations arise, Kristen is forced from her uncle's home and the Sundberg's hire her as a housegirl, in spite of Sam's father's intense dislike of her, because she is an Eikaas.

Is there any hope for Sam and Kristen to find happiness together, when all odds are stacked against them?  Is there any hope for forgiveness and reconciliation to tear down the walls of bitterness that have been built over the years?

I have read almost all of Andrea Boeshaar's novels and this one certainly did not disappoint. Her characters were very realistic, with many human frailties, and her research into the history of Wisconsin and the Indian land negotiations, was extensive and very interesting. A true story of love, forgiveness, unforgettable characters, and a strong spiritual thread throughout, this book will keep the reader turning those pages until the very satisfying conclusion! Another wonderful novel from the pen of Andrea Boeshaar! 


Andrea's books are available for purchase through many sources such as Christian Book Distributors and Amazon.



GIVEAWAY:  Leave a comment and your email to be entered in this week’s contest.  Drawing will be late Saturday.  Your choice of this author’s books, choice of format.

37 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting, I did not know she had another book out. I just recently came across her book, Uncertain Heart through amazon and really liked it.

    I would love a chance to to be entered into this drawing to win a book from such a talented writer.

    arieljo12 @ hotmail.com

    Janella

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  2. I agree with you, Janella. I have read most of her books and they are all excellent. Thank you for your kind words.

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  3. The stories of immigrants coming to America are always some of the most heart wrenching but inspirational. To think of all they left behind in hopes of a better life. I haven't read any of Andrea's books but it sounds like something I would enjoy :)

    Thanks for another great review, Diana.

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  4. I'm sorry to say that I haven't read much of Mrs. Boeshaar's work. The ones I have read - anthological stories - are years old. I live in FRENCH Canada, so I don't have much of a chance of seeing them and getting them. I must say, though, that Mrs. Boeshaar's book covers are really quite fascinating.

    Wonderful review, Mrs. Flowers!! AWESOME!

    (BTW- I'm only 27 years old)

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  5. Sorry........I'm back, but only briefly. I'm an MK/PK, and I should tell you that I don't care which book I have. I loved the anthology I own - I've worn out the cover, actually.

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  6. Anne, I know I would have never made it back in those days. God knew just when to put me on this earth. Although we have our own share of problems they didn't have, they had to have been strong to make it back in those days! And many of them came over for a better life, only to become no better than servants.

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  7. Page-after-Page, thank you for your kind comments. Mrs. Flowers?...that does make me feel old, especially when you mentioned your age! Diana will work! LOL!

    Thanks, sweetie, and hoping you will win a great book, however, I do need you to come back once again and leave your email addy, so we can contact you should you win!!

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  8. This is a new author to me, but I have seen this book reviewed on a few other blogs and it looks intriguing. I think the part of her coming from Norway to America would be interesting to read and she how she handles it.

    jen.whitney08 at gmail dot com

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  9. Sounds good! I'd love to be entered.

    vernetlh at yahoo dot com

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  10. Hi, Jen! She handles it like the true heroine that she is! :)

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  11. Lollipops, count yourself officially entered! Thank you for coming by OTT-WGH.

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  12. Note to Page-After-Page. Never feel you must apologize for coming back and commenting again. We love having you here, as often as you like!

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  13. Thank you, everyone, for stopping by. :)

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  14. This book is on my wish list, I would really like to win it, it sounds great.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com
    wrensthoughts.blogspot.com

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  15. Wendy aka wfnren, I know what that is like to have a book on your wishlist and want to win it sooo badly! LOL! So here's hoping you do!

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  16. This sounds like a book I'd love to read. Just sit back and enjoy good story-telling.
    Lovely review, Diana!

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  17. Thank you, Marian. You've been hanging around me too long...starting to sound like a Southerner. They say, "Just sitting here on my front porch swang (not swing, lol), enjoying sum good storying." Come to think of it, you don't sound a bit southern, and neither do I! LOL!

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  18. DIANA, great review! I am sorry Andrea has had such a rough week. Still praying for her in the midst of her loss of her mother.

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  19. Thank you, Carrie! I prayed for Andrea until I fell asleep last night, knowing first-hand how difficult a time this is, as do you. Praying God will comfort her as only He can.

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  20. I don't think that I've read any of Andrea's books... I think I have book 1 in the Seasons Of Redemption series on my wish list somewhere!

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. She's such a wonderful author, Patty! I hope you get the opportunity to read one soon.

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  22. oh, I love Andrea's books please include me in this giveaway thanks.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  23. Apple Blossom, you are officially entered! Speaking of apple blossoms, with this gorgeous weather, we should be seeing some soon, if not already! :)

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  24. Another wonderful review Diana. I need to add this one to my "little tiny" TBR stack! hehehe.

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  25. The cover is beautiful!! This is going on my to be read list!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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  26. Thanks, Teresa! If yours is tiny, mine is eeny iny. We need to be writing books b/c we sure can tell stories! lol!

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  27. I love Andrea's books. Please add my name
    ldwrncpn@comcast.net

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  28. Lori, your name is in the hat! Thank you for coming by!~

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  29. Hi, Marissa. I agree! It is a lovely cover and indeed a lovely story to match. Here's hoping you get a chance to read it! :)

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  30. This book sounds TERRIFIC!! Can't wait to read it!

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  31. SARAH, Andrea has one of the loveliest voices out there. A lot like Laura Frantz, who we both love. And I can't wait to read your beautiful book in print. We will continue to pray for each other my beautiful crit partner!

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  32. Hi, Sarah. It's good to see you here...the lady with the beautiful hair! I can't wait for you to have a chance to read Andrea's new book, AND like Carrie, I can't wait to read yours as well! Prayers for the both of you.

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  33. Another new author to me - don't you just love "discovering" new authors!
    My heart goes out to Andrea at the loss of her mother. We are on the long journey with my mom right now. She is confident of her home in heaven, confident that Jesus and prayer will keep the pain at bay. But it is a difficult journey.
    Thanks for the give away.
    Sharon
    smoore at tcq dot net

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  34. Sharon, I'm very sorry to hear about your mom. I will be praying for the both of you.

    I LOVE discovering new authors, too. I use to pretty much read the same authors, but since I started blogging with Carrie, my reading horizons have expanded ALOT! I'm glad I'm getting out of my reading rut...it's great!!

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  35. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  36. Great to see you, Karen! Hoping for a win for you!

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  37. Congrats to Lori Weller for being the winner of one of Andrea's awesome books! Enjoy! The rest of you please come over this week and win one of Brandilyn Collins' books!!

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