Monday, February 20, 2012

Blog Tour: The Loom (Review)

Sometimes the truth is not always black and white.

Lydia dreams of another life - and she discovers a way  to obtain it through a series of choices.

But she soon learns that sometimes a dream can turn into a nightmare.

The Loom, set prior the Civil War, highlights the story of Lydia, a slave, who decides to "pass" as a white woman.

It also shows what life was like for the slaves who worked in the Loom room - the last stop along life's journey on a plantation.

I found this book interesting - but sometimes hard to follow as it jumps between two different story lines. But for a freshman novel, The Loom provides an interesting picture of life in the South. I think if you like southern lit you will find this a good read.

However, I'll be honest, the ending left me with several questions. I'm not sure if it's a stand-alone novel, or the first book in a new series.

On the scale of one to five, I give it a solid three. For a first novel, it's written well. I'll be interested in looking at what the author comes up with next.

More About The Book
A slave is torn between the love she has and the life she doesn’t.

Lydia was a common slave with a common life until the day she entered a world no slave had gone before. 

Pale skin and deceit opened the door to wealth and a power she had only dreamed of. But what she didn’t count on was falling in love. What she didn’t realize was life was not always black or white.

More About The Author
Shella Gillus fell in love with the arts as a child. By age 10, she wrote her first chapter book, a three-act play and performed in several theatrical shows.  During her teenage years, she penned and performed in plays for her local church and organized a series of summer self-esteem workshops for underprivileged youth in South Tucson.

Gillus earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona and Screen Actor’s Guild membership while working in the film industry in Los Angeles. Under the tutelage of a skilled playwright, she honed her skills as a writer before becoming a professional actress for Childsplay, an award-winning theatre company.

She was crowned Miss Black Heritage, 1st runner-up Miss Black Arizona, Miss Congeniality, Copper Bowl Princess and University of Arizona Homecoming Royalty. She has made two appearances on the Oprah Winfrey show. The Loom is her fiction debut.

Gillus lives with her husband, Stacey, and their two children, Spencer and Staci, in Dallas.

Online Resources
Visit the author's website:
Read a sample chapter:
Buy The Loom @ Amazon
Find it at Barnes & Noble

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book the publisher, Guidepost. This review was not influenced by a free book, just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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