The Loom by Shella Gillus
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Guideposts (December 1, 2011)
Lydia knew her fate. Like every other slave on the Maryland plantation, her life would end at the loom…
Throughout the pre-Civil War South, older slaves too worn out for anything else worked daily in the plantation’s loom room, weaving and creating cloth for their families. Tucked away out of sight and forgotten by most everyone, the wisdom and hard-won experience of these slaves were often overlooked. But Lydia, a light-skinned house slave, listens to their words and dreams of a better life.
When running away leads to her recapture, Lydia discovers that with her pale skin, the right clothing, and pretense, she can walk into a world of freedom and wealth she has only dreamed of.
But Lydia struggles to leave behind the man she loves and the culture of a world in which she belongs. Drawing on the wise community in the plantation’s loom room, Lydia chases freedom in a way no one ever expected and finds that she ultimately must choose between the love she has and the life she doesn’t.
The Loom is a colorful tale of love linked to a lie and the discovery that life is not always black or white.
I loved this book. It took me to a time I’ve rarely visited and I loved getting to know the characters. By the end of the story I was sad to close the book. The author did a great job, the story was exciting, fresh and I even learned a few things.
You get to know 3 generations…Lydia, her father and her grandmother. (I especially loved her grandmother) There’s a little bit of something for everyone in this book. There’s friendship, family, romance, murder, betrayal and even some history which you may not know.
If you’re looking for an easy, fun, sometimes sad read, get a copy of this book. I can’t imagine anyone not liking it.
You can learn about the author HERE