Red Thread of Fate
Penguin, Feb 8, 2022 - Fiction - 352 pages
In the wake of a tragedy and fueled by guilt from a secret she's kept for years, a woman discovers how delicate the thread that binds family is in this powerful novel by Lyn Liao Butler.
Two days before Tam and Tony Kwan receive their letter of acceptance for the son they are adopting from China, Tony and his estranged cousin Mia are killed unexpectedly in an accident. A shell-shocked Tam learns she is named the guardian to Mia’s five-year-old daughter, Angela. With no other family around, Tam has no choice but to agree to take in the girl she hasn’t seen since the child was an infant.
Overwhelmed by her life suddenly being upended, Tam must also decide if she will complete the adoption on her own and bring home the son waiting for her in a Chinese orphanage. But when a long-concealed secret comes to light just as she and Angela start to bond, their fragile family is threatened. As Tam begins to unravel the events of Tony and Mia’s past in China, she discovers the true meaning of love and the threads that bind her to the family she is fated to have.
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In Chinese mythology, two people fated to be together are joined by an invisible red thread from their very beginnings. The two are destined to be lovers. In her second novel, Butler (The Tiger Mom's ... Read full review
Tam’s life is turned upside down with the tragic loss of her husband Tony. Their rocky marriage was on the mend, and they were in the final stages of adopting a little boy from China. Grieving Tony, she suddenly finds herself the guardian of a precocious five year girl. Her life is complicated further as her family expands and details about the past are revealed.
I loved this book! I loved Tam! Tam has an amazing supporting cast too. This is such a sweet story about loss and grief, lies and secrets, family and love. It’s poignant and uplifting both. A nice reminder of the importance of good communication with family and friends. 4.25 stars