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The Uncommon Thread


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If you love history, deciphering codes, and just the perfect magical touch, then this is a must-read!

The Uncommon Thread, by Laurie Douglass, is full of action. You flash from today back to World War II to help tell a story. Knowing the past helps you understand the present. The book starts with a young man named Patrick Duncan. He's 18 and goes by Paddy. He also, like most 18-year old's, does not know what he wants to do for his future. Follow in the family trade, a trade of tailors, or follow his dreams. 

Paddy learns there are family secrets he has not been told, but his grandfather promises to tell him in the morning. When he wakes up, he learns his grandfather is missing. He is angry that no one trusted him to tell him the truth and he yet is scared he will never see his grandfather again. While searching through his grandfather's cottage he starts to get answers to questions he didn't even know he had. There are codes, deciphers, and secret passages. He begins to piece together just who his grandfather is and has been. While searching, Paddy finds a secret room containing an armoire of clothing that belongs to his grandfather. After trying on one, he suddenly finds himself in Ireland, with more questions than he could ever imagine. 

Paddy is a typical 18-year-old. He does not know what he wants to be when he grows up, like most of us when we were 18. He gets angry with his father, but also has respect for his elders. He is very smart and has a thirst for knowledge.

Laurie Douglass has outdone herself with this book. Each chapter starts with a popular quote from history. The flashbacks of World War II are accurate and well researched. The language and dialect of the many countries discussed in the book are correct, including the slang. The magical touch makes the book even more enjoyable to read and harder to put down.  

I am awarding this book 5 stars. It is well-written and well-edited. I found no profanity and no adult intimacies. I found this book to be delightful and recommend it to readers of all ages.  I can't wait for the second one!

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About the author

Laurie Douglass is a writer who is inspired by science, history, mystery, and other cultures. She enjoys reading and writing fiction and poetry and loves to weave references to classic literature into her work. Laurie lives in Connecticut with her husband and their sweet dog, Grant. view profile

Published on April 14, 2020

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Genre: Action & Adventure

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