Jan 15, 2012

The Loom by Shella Gillus

Lydia was a common slave with a common life until the day she entered a world no slave had gone before. Pale skin and deceit opened the door to wealth and a power she had only dreamed of. But what she didn’t count on was falling in love. What she didn’t realize was life was not always black or white.

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Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Guideposts (December 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0824948165
ISBN-13: 978-0824948160

The Loom is not a light read ... it is filled with the anguish and injustice of slavery and the never-ending hope for freedom and better days.

Lydia (aka Caroline) had spent her entire life as a slave, but she dreams of being free. Her best friend is her master's daughter, and Lydia has even joined her friend on some outings, and successfully pretended that she was white.

After unsuccessfully trying to escape, she realizes that her skin color might provide her only hope to live a somewhat normal life. She chooses to leave the love of her life in exchange for what she thought would make her happy.

What I loved about this story is how Lydia's heart never changed. She remained true to herself, to her family roots, and to her beliefs. Through unbelievably brutal and unfair circumstances, she remained a woman of integrity and honor.

Shella Gillus has written a stunning debut novel, and I highly recommend it!

Disclosure: Review copy received courtesy of Summerside Press, in exchange for my honest review.

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