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Two women, centuries apart, are joined through a tattered journal as they contend with God, husbands, and even themselves . . . until they fall into the arms of the One who loves them unconditionally. Sierra Madrid’s life has just been turned upside down when she discovers the handcrafted quilt and journal of her ancestor Mary Kathryn McMurray, a young woman who was uprooted from her home only to endure harsh conditions on the Oregon Trail. Though the women are separated by time and circumstance, Sierra discovers that many of the issues they face are remarkably similar. By following Mary Kathryn’s example, Sierra learns to surrender to God’s sovereignty and unconditional love.

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Like all of Francine Rivers' books that have come before, I was instantly immersed in this one. The author paints a real-life picture of what a troubled marriage would be like. The characters seem real; the main character Sierra is sincere while her husband Alex is likeable in spite of his flaws. I'm a huge fan of Francine River's historical fiction and I loved the way she wove old in with the new via the journal of the main character's ancestor whose marriage problems and life changes mirrored her own. This book was often very heart-breaking (truly) and the characters lack of communication and misunderstandings drove me a bit crazy at times! Still, it was a very captivating read with a wonderful ending. This story helps the reader to see how God is using our circumstances to turn them around for good and to weave them into a beautiful tapestry. I highly recommend this book along with any of Francine Rivers' others, especially my favorite series "The Mark of the Lion."

“The things that happen in our lives are allowed to happen because the Lord wants to draw us to Him. We make decisions and do things, thinking we are in control, but we never really are. God is.” Sierra confesses in Francine Rivers’s novel, "The Scarlet Thread." This four hundred and thirty-eight page paperback book has a photograph of a woman reading a journal with a quilt under it on the front page. Geared toward Christian women, it is a tome about romance with an undercurrent of bitterness, resentment and feelings of betrayal. With no profanity or overtly sexual scenes, mature teenagers and older readers would understand the topics of marriage, infidelity, and pregnancy. Different fonts are helpfully used in lieu of the two different characters along with intentional misspellings for old-fashioned dialect. There are discussion questions with an author biography at the end of the book. Sierra Clanton Madrid has been married for ten years and has lived her entire life in a small northern California town. Threaded between her story, a past relative, Mary Kathryn McMurray, was born and raised on Missouri land with her parents and siblings back in the mid-eighteen hundreds. When Sierra is told by her husband that they will be moving to Los Angeles for his new job, she is not at all happy with the decision. While most of her time is spent acclimating their two children into a new home, new school and new friends, she is resentful of the materialism and lack of attention and support of her busy, aloof and preoccupied husband. In reading Mary’s diary, Sierra sees the correlation that Mary has to leave her homestead and unwillingly travel on the Oregon Trail with her adventurous, determined husband. Both women are opinionated, self-focused and want things done their way as they battle their spouses’ choices. As the two individuals’ lives are played out with anger, hatred, spite and remorse, both women have to make hard decisions on how to approach and accept their positions in life. Both have to come to terms with God being in control, as their decisions involve others and results affect everyone. Will Sierra always have the love and adoration toward her husband? Will Mary learn to accept her husband’s driven personality as they head out West? Will those around both women understand what is important and what is not? This great read makes the reader take a second look at how words and how they are said can change outcomes, especially when one realizes God is ultimately in control. This book was provided by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for review purposes.

Reading the slight description blurb for this book does not even begin to touch on what all is inside. This Creative Madness Mama had the God-timing to accidentally pick this book up after a very frustrating disagreement with the Enginerd. This edition is a reprint with a gorgeous new cover (also just reprinted The Atonement Child). As a person that loves matching book spines, seeing these new ones makes me really happy. Now back to the book, Asking now memory does not even begin to recall what the argument was about, but fury would best describe emotions present. This book and its story is a God-send. Characters through out this book are found in two different settings, one is contemporary (although written for 1996, everything still works well and fits as if it were 2012) and the other is historical in the time of Oregon Trail and heading west. With a combination of view points from sidelines to inside emotions and even a journal readers are kept captive from page one. This reader was not even planning to read this one yet as it just arrived and is not quite scheduled, but upon picking it up it became an impossibility to put it down until the wee hours of the morning and sleep demanded it. Even at around five hundred pages, this was read pretty quickly. Into the heart, into the mind and soul this is a great read. I recommend it for anyone married or planning to get married. That's what this is about overall, marriage. Marriage between the love of your life and in the end the inclusion of God within that triune marriage. It's about a new marriage, an older marriage, a broken marriage, a fixed marriage and many things that influence a marriage in between. Filled with scripture and a friend, but not what some call overly preachy this book appeals.