"Wonderful. A really great
book. Great concept, well-organized and well-written. A beautifully woven
tapestry. And loads of fun."
~ Independent Book
Threads' inventive and
well-researched portrait of Anne Boleyn and its aching,
sophisticated love story impressed me most. Anne Boleyn is
deliciously fleshed out here, the first-person narrator of a
sweeping epic in the style of a non-satirical Orlando. The
portrait really benefits from what seems like intense research of
the life of Anne Boleyn - the narrative is surprisingly rich with
historical detail. The reincarnation premise allows for a
beautifully detailed exploration of love in its various forms, but
especially the bond between two lovers who ache to both be equal
partners and to rule over each other.
is a strong, smart, captivating work.
* Five Stars *
This story is
a continuing marvel...
ever have I even considered writing a review, but this book deserves far, far
more praise than it has received. The language is elegant and jewel-like and the
story is transcendent. The use of the Hindu concept of reincarnation and the
historically notorious relationship of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII are wonderful
devices to explore love, trust, betrayal and forgiveness, in all types of
relationships, throughout time...There are so many levels to the passionate,
intricate and exquisitely expressed stories told here. It is a story of love,
forgiveness, choice and redemption with some of the most beautiful contemporary
prose I've ever had the pleasure to read. And I'm really glad my copy is
hardcover, although I may have to order a softcover to loan to friends. I'm not
letting my copy out of the house.
An Amazon.com reader from Jackson, Ms.
* Five Stars *
two days I finished reading Threads by Nell Gavin. It held me captive, to say
the least. I'm struck by its spiritual beauty and imagery, and also by its
complexity. Certainly, the writing of this book must have taken the author on
many twists and turns emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, in all ways. I
know that reading it did so to me, and I fully plan to read it again at later
dates so that I might draw from it more of its essence and meaning.
Threads is a treasure
lying in a compost pile of all the literary (@#$&*) taking up bookshelf
space in the world today; and this is not flattery, either vain or idle. I'm a
very picky reader, and I confess that, although I've completed an historical
fiction of my own, I seldom enjoy fiction. Threads so thoroughly transported me
to other places and times that I felt I was actually there. I could smell the
interiors, taste the wine and apples, hear the footsteps echoing in the halls,
and touch the velvets and silks. I could see the laugh lines around Henry's
eyes. I could feel the touch of Anne's hand.
Usually, history is
written by the winners. In Threads, Ms. Gavin has given a voice to a young woman
who was not one of the winners, but a woman who found herself on a path between an ambitious King and his goals.
A book like Threads is
important not only because it helps to bring people closer to understanding
Anne, but also because the spiritual wisdom in it is timely, important, much
This is a compelling,
Stephan Karl Waller, musician, composer and author of "Night Music"
* Five Stars *
will encounter a book that changes their whole outlook.
Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath", "Brave New
World" by Aldous Huxley, Kafka's "The Trial" and a
lesser known novel "The Ragged Trousered
Philanthropists" by Robert Tressell are high on my personal
list. After reading "Threads" I am sure Nell Gavin's
first novel will find its way onto the "top ten life-changing
books" lists of many future readers for the wisdom and
insights it offers in a witty, stylish and entertaining narrative.
R. Thorpe, poet, broadcaster and author
* Five Stars *
does a remarkable job of reaching into the essence of Anne Boleyn.
If her insight isn't exactly in sync with the lady herself - a
possibility we can of course never know - it doesn't matter. Gavin
is true to the circumstances we're familiar with and unflinchingly
honest in bringing to life this extraordinary character. It FEELS
honest, it feels right. Moreover, there's a lovely and dreamy
Jack Mauro, author of "Gay Street", "Spite
Hall" and "Enola's Wedding"
* Five Stars *
not your run-of-the-mill historical novel...author Nell Gavin's
imagination shines through..."
Up With a Good Book
just finished reading "Threads." What a wonderful book. It was so
moving, such a beautiful and emotional experience. I will be haunted by it
forever, I am sure. That sounds like hyperbole, I realize, but I have been
enamoured of Anne Boleyn for 35 years, and this book captured her personality
and character as no other one ever has. I loved reading about some of Anne's
other lives, too. I love history, and I felt like I was *there*.
you so very much for writing this wonderful book! I hope that you plan to write
others. You are a very gifted author.
Dear Ms. Gavin,
Threads, is haunting me as no book has done for a long, long time. It is
extraordinary. I congratulate you. It is a rare novel that is so
affecting, and for a first novel to be so accomplished is astonishing.
Thank you for the
experience of Threads. I have bought other copies to send to certain of my
beloveds who I know will be haunted, too.
I just finished THREADS, and I'm in awe of your talent. This is one of
the best books I've ever read. In fact, I had to go back and read the
execution scene a second time. It was so well written, so perfectly
described. Like I said, I'm just in awe. I even had to go back
and read the prologue again. The book is a masterpiece!
Bravo!!!! (I wish it hadn't ended.)
Bellacera, author of "Border Crossings", "Spotlight",
"East of the Sun, West of the Moon" and "Understudy
was with great sadness that I finished your book last night---I simply did not
want it to end. I can't think of the last time a book has so moved me that I
felt the need to postpone finishing it. Your storytelling was remarkable, and I
truly felt transported back to Anne Boleyn's life (lives ?).
you for sharing your gift with the world. You truly made my December reading a
happy reader in Camden, Maine
Thank you for Threads. I'm moved to write as I finished it yesterday and
can't get it out of my mind. This is a rare find - ahead of its time in
originality, beautiful in its lyricism and divine in its Voice. I loved
the passion, wit and humanity of the soul of Anne, and deeply appreciated the
narrator's pain, still not free, even in the between-life perspective.
Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones is the only other novel I'm aware of with a
similar point-of-view. You offer a broader scope and far more to ponder.
you again for a profound accomplishment in Threads.
have written an amazing book. Your book has mesmerized me, for two weeks
after reading it I was rereading parts and still thinking about it. Even
now it creeps back into my thoughts. What a treat it is. I
particularly enjoyed the chance encounter of "Henry" and
"Anne," he as a black man being hung and her as the spinster woman.
It so enthralled me that now I have to re-read the book because I am afraid I
have missed some of your other lovely subtleties. I am anxious to reread
the book but one of the side affects of loving a book is you have the need to
lend it to others to read. I'll have to buy another copy, one for
lending and one for keeping.
you so much for your book, it is wonderful.
I wanted to let you know that I have finished your book for
the SECOND time, and it is absolutely *Brilliant*!!! I am amazed by the way you
really made Anne a living, breathing person, and the how you interwove the
stories so seamlessly. It simply flowed...I shall treasure it always. Please let
me know when you write your next book...
Thank you again,