G673 E-Reading The Thread that Binds by Alice Hayes

Name of Book: The Thread that Binds

Author: Alice Hayes

ISBN: 9781619334

Publisher: Fastpencil

Type of book: Pregnancy, motherhood, unconventional partnerships, teenage pregnancy, immigration issues, lack of prenatal care, connections, domestic abuse, moving, strangers, Georgia, 2000s

Year it was published: 2015


Sherice is a new mother, a sonographer, quilter, and wife; an overworked young woman whose elderly mother is slipping away from her.

Sylvie is a newlywed and recent immigrant, unemployed and virtually penniless. Her husband’s paycheck can’t even cover prenatal care, let alone a baby, and her due date is only drawing nearer…

Joanne’s unconventional pregnancy turns her world upside down, redefining her career and relationships, and even bringing to the surface long-buried demons from her past.

Payton is seventeen, pregnant, and on the run. She flees to her uncle in Georgia with the hope of making a fresh start, but discovers making it on her own is harder than she could ever have imagined.

Gloria is trapped in an unhappy marriage; in love with someone else. Her life is falling apart. With a baby on the way, would it be selfish to flee?

Five women, once strangers, form bonds. Set in modern day Georgia, this is the story of friendship that blossoms in the land of country music, sweet tea, and secrets kept locked tight behind closed doors. Moving, funny, and at times heartbreaking, The Thread That Binds is a lesson in empathy, strength, and the beauty of love.


There are five main women characters. While men were important to the story, I feel that they weren't as developed as the women were. Sherice is a new mother with an infant daughter who is supporting both her stay at home husband and her daughter. She is dealing with struggling to accept certain things about her mother. Her personality is best described as having a big heart, kind, determined and extremely loyal as well as controlling in some areas. She also has a lot of pride and doesn't like asking for help. Sylvie is a young French immigrant woman who got married to a soldier and in beginning she is struggling with getting prenatal care that's affordable as well as the reactions that her actions elicited from her family. Joanne is perhaps the eldest of the women and her struggles include dealing with her mother, her past, and the surprise pregnancy. Payton is an unwed soon-to-be teenage mother who is dealing with her parents' actions and trying to do the best she can for her child. Gloria is a woman who is married to a manipulative man and she struggles with her feelings between him and her lover.


Despite the differences, we are all connected


The story is in first person narrative from each of the five women, and what is interesting is that the author adds some women down the story instead of right away, which helps the reader get to know their characters and motivations before moving on to a new woman. Each woman also faced very difficult circumstances while dealing with pregnancy, and no, for the most part the issues are not love stories. Both the pregnancy and the issues that women dealt with were given equal time.

Author Information:
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Meet the author:  

Originally from Winchester, England, Alice’s plans to read law at a British university were disrupted when she fell deeply in love with Georgia, USA, while studying abroad. After moving all over Georgia, Alice has finally settled in Athens and has no plans to go anywhere else.

She is a single mother to a three-year-old girl and a 65 lb hound dog. She likes coffee, wine, and anything edible with the words ‘salted caramel’ in its description.

At the time of publication, Alice is a 24-year-old history student working full time in a law office, and writing fiction at every stolen moment. She hasn’t slept in approximately two years.

Connect with the author:  Website   Twitter   


I really enjoyed reading the book and seeing different situations for each pregnancy and in one case trying to raise an infant daughter amidst much trouble and turmoil. The pregnancies and situations these women faced are unique and feel more real than fake. I didn't sense that the women were there due to political correctness. I also like how each of them connected to one another, and was impressed with the writing style that the author has used. If you're pregnant, its a good book to read and to know that one is not alone in a particular issue.

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