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"A terrific debut, and so very timely. With smart writing and compassion, Klepper offers us a look into the hearts of two women: a Syrian immigrant hoping to find a home in the USA, and the volunteer lawyer whose work brings a second chance at life not only to her client, but to herself as well." (Julie Lawson Timmer, author of Mrs. Saint and the Defectives)

Jessica Donnelly's life is beginning to unravel. When the attorney turned stay-at-home mom tentatively volunteers to represent Amina Hamid, a woman seeking asylum, Jessica must learn an unfamiliar area of the law. Soon, rising opposition to Muslim immigration and unexpected prejudices put her relationships on shaky ground. 

Amina fled Syria with little more than memories that now fight against the images splashed on the news. Seeking a secure future and freedom from guilt and grief, she must learn to trust others amidst the reality of fear and hate. 

To find stability, Jessica and Amina will both need to harness their own strengths, which may lie in connections that transcend generations, cultures, and continents.

©2018 Jennifer Klepper (P)2019 Jennifer Klepper

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Very moving and realistic! Powerful book! Must read!

To say this is a great book doesn’t even begin to cover it! Absolutely superb narration as well! These 2 make a wonderful team! Both of these women lead completely opposite lives and have completely different backgrounds. They know nothing about each other, but throughout the book they get to know each other on a very meaningful level. Despite initially having biases about one another, they both learned from each other. What they learned from one another completely changed them and made them better people. The author did a fantastic job making the characters very personable, and the narrator brought them to life. The way the author described them made it feel like they were people I had come to know, and the narrator was spot on with her ability to depict the characters differently. I felt such a wide range of emotions...sadness, happiness, fear, frustration, suspense, relief...this audiobook has it all! So much of it was new to me...some of the legalities, and especially information about Syria. Definitely a thriller, but it goes beyond just storytelling. The author wrote a beautiful and thrilling book with believable characters, and the narrator made it real! I received a free review copy, and my review is voluntary and honest. Don’t just read it...let Ms. Beacom tell you the story so you can feel like you’re right there with the characters and living through the experiences with them! I highly recommend it. The author and narrator have also partnered together for other audiobooks, but I haven’t listened to them yet. I’m definitely a big fan now and will be starting another audiobook by this duo next.

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Eye opening Book!

This is a heartfelt and meaningful look at life today... The many things an average person in the suburbs doesn't realize are happening everyday.

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One of the best books

This is one of the best books I’ve read all year. It’s definitely one of those books that I want my daughters and friends to read. It reveals generational stories of strong women who live their lives quietly yet impacting many others. It deals with universal issues of partnerships, motherhood, loss, identity, immigration issues and the everyday fears that women deal with throughout their life. “Finding your place” whether it’s a stay at home Mom with children gaining their independence or a female asylum seeker from a war torn country. There is the issue of women feeling as if their life has been shrinking. The beauty of very different women expanding their worlds and relationships on various levels was inspiring. It was never preachy. This beautifully layered story hit ever note pitch perfect. I was fondly reminded of Jodi Picoult. If you enjoy reading a book where you felt your worldview was challenged and expanded (all the while every viewpoint was represented) this is your book!
The Narrator for this book was excellent and I look forward to more of her work.

**I received a free copy of this book in lieu of an honest review.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.

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The nest is getting empty.

This story is about what all of us mothers go through after we start having children and then they start being on their own. Do we go back to our careers or do we keep mothering until they are completely grown?
This story is also about immigration, muslims, and what our country stands for. Doesn't it say give us your poor, give us your.....
but for people who are coming into this country the proper way.
This story has much too it. A lawyer who is a little rusty, a husband who isn't sure he likes what she is doing. and the immigrant who is afraid to trust and who has lost everything. The narrator Lisa Beacom does a terrific job with all the characters even the accented one.

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was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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I would never have thought

Compelling story, the first chapter was a bit hard to listen to but honestly I quickly got hooked on the story and finished it in 2 days time.

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Good Read

Unbroken Threads was a good read by Jennifer Klepper. Jessica Donnelly’s life is unraveling. She is an attorney, turned stay at home mom who hesitantly volunteers to represent Amina Hamid. She is a woman seeking asylum from Syria. This area of law is unfamiliar for her and she must learn it. Her relationships end up on shaky ground with the rising opposition to Muslim immigrations. Amina only has her memories and must fight the images all over the news. She has to learn to trust others oven through fear and hate. Jessica and Amina harness their own strengths that seem connected. I enjoyed reading this book and cant wait to read more by the author.

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Very Realistic Book!

The characters were well-developed, and the plot is believable, with enough twists to keep the reader intrigued. I found this to be a very compelling book. Lisa Beacom tells you the story so you feel like you’re right there with the characters and living through the experiences with them! This book was a pleasure to listen to and I would like to thank the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.

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A good read!

I can appreciate living in the USA. Being free and the freedom of speech. we all take advantage of this so easily,. I pray for to all to keep these privileges always. Their are too many countries that must control your every move. stay safe and free.

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We are all connected; masterfully shown here.

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.*

We believe to be unique and too different to each other; impossible to understand out of our complexity.

This wonderful story shows us, step by step, how two women who felt as most do realised we always have more similarities than differences that, if we open our eyes, show us we're simply cells from the same huge body; connected not by one tiny coincidence, but by endless links.

Well rounded and realistic characters who makee you feel deeply and realise support and love are all we need to understand each other; real life situations that make this story an eye-opener nobody should miss.

I found the narrator to sound a little bit robotic, but she did an amazing job playing different characters.

A highly recommended 5 star read!

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  • Nisareen Khan
  • 03-03-21

Thought provoking debut

Jessica Donnelly is an attorney turned stay-at-home mom of her three children. She and her husband Danny, live in Annapolis, Maryland, raising their family. Wishing for a more purposeful life now that her children are in their teens and no longer so reliant on her, Jessica decides to dip her toes back into the legal world by returning to the workforce as a pro bono asylum lawyer at the International Asylum Project (IAP) in Baltimore.

Her first client is Amina Hamid, a Syrian refugee who has fled war-torn Aleppo in the hopes of being granted political asylum in the US. Their first meeting initially gets off to a shaky start when it becomes apparent to Amina that Jessica lacks experience in immigration law. A lawyer previously mishandled her case and Amina can’t afford any more mistakes. Jessica eventually persuades her reconsider. As Jessica digs deeper into the Syrian conflict and Amina’s past, her worldview shifts which puts her at odds with her husband and their close circle of friends...

Unbroken Threads is a timely and thought provoking read and was my first introduction to the author. The plot focuses on two women at a turning point in their lives, who are thrown together on a journey where they must harness their inner strength as they combat fear, prejudice and hostility as they search for their place in the world.

From the offset, the author did an admirable job in digging into the complex issues surrounding immigration, which ten years on from the Syrian conflict remain as relevant today. We learn that Amina was forced to come to America alone and with nothing, leaving her parents and missing husband behind. While agonising over their fate and suffering from survivors guilt, she can’t help wondering if things would have been different had she stayed. Initially Amina comes across as someone who is aloof and mistrustful of others. As readers get to know her, we realise that the barrier she wraps around herself is for protection. As further details of Amina’s tragic family history emerge - their suffering, their loss and through the sacrifices they were forced to make - the reader is able to put a human face to the immigration conflict.

I loved the tenuous bond that formed between Jessica, Amina and later Connor. The underlining message being that we have more similarities than we do differences. I’m so glad that the author chose to include Amina’s perspective as well as Jessica’s as it gave better insight into her character that would have otherwise been hard to grasp. This is mainly because the author at times focused more on Jessica when the main focus I felt should have been Amina. Jessica’s book club, her grandmother’s belongings and her relationship with her mother, while interesting, didn’t really add to the story. As a result, while I feel that I had a good handle on Jessica, I didn’t feel that I got to know Amina on a deeper level. I wanted to learn more about her struggle and background. So many questions remained unanswered unfortunately especially regarding the fate of her family.

Despite this small criticism, the way that the author (an attorney herself) utilised her knowledge on the laws of immigration procedures was educational and eye opening. I was equally impressed with the way she dealt with social issues such as racial tensions, bias/stereotypes/prejudice, survivors guilt, loss, identity, marriage and motherhood.

As a Muslim, I appreciated the research she did on the Muslim community. My favourite lines from the book were uttered during a touching scene between Jessica and Fayiz, a Muslim Syrian immigrant following an attack on his restaurant:

“We’re not all bad,” Jessica said softly, mostly to herself.
“I know,” Fayiz responded. “Neither are we.”

Overall this was a captivating thought provoking story with strong well defined characters that will resonate with readers long after the final page. Recommended.

I listened to this book on Audible which was narrated by Lisa Beacom. The narrator did a wonderful job of bringing the story and characters to life with their clear and concise narration.

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  • Kirsten Carlyle
  • 08-21-20

Thought provoking

I loved listening to the audio version of this story. It is about a Syrian refugee lady seeking asylum in America and the lady attorney who helps her. The story is very thought provoking and brings real life issues to life. The characters were believable and relatable. The narrator brought each character and the story to life. I would highly recommend this book 👍🏻