Straight Talk about "The Scarlet Thread"
The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers
What a big disappointment
Warning: spoilers in this review
What a terrible disappointment this novel was. In particular, the ending. Sierra Madrid has the handsome husband, the kids, the gorgeous home, the works. Her husband up and tells them – no warning, zero consideration about her and her feelings – that they will leave the place she grew up in. They will move themselves and their children and the parents she adores to another city because it will be great for his career.
He never asks. He just orders her to do it and he expects her to consider HIS feelings and career. She does make the move, but makes the marriage pay all the while, her husband becomes more and more successful and treats her like a door mat in retaliation. He has an affair and leaves her high and dry with barely a look back. He’s a demeaning, mean, nasty man – and I didn’t for even a MOMENT see why Sierra fell in love with this jerk in the first place.
As a Christian, I know that divorce should be the last choice. But her
husband files before the ink is dried on the papers. She never had a choice, her
husband NEVER considered her feelings about anything even remotely.
He’s verbally abusive and I’m supposed to believe that regardless of this,
because she gets back in touch with her Christian faith, she suddenly realizes
she’s attracted to her husband despite herself?? AND that a gorgeous, rich,
considerate boss who is totally in touch with his feminine side, yet is all man, falls madly
in love with her and he WON’T be her choice? No woman of flesh and blood could
POSSIBLY turn down this sweet boss-man and turn TO an abusive man even though
Rivers uses her animal attraction for her husband as the first glimmer of how
she goes back to him. I don’t THINK so. I know this is possible - as all things are possible through Christ -- but I never
bought it. Ever. Not for a moment. In fact, despite the fact that God hates
divorce I wanted Sierra to divorce the no-good jerk! I was waiting for something, anything to make me believe that Sierra would leave sweet boss-man and return to the abuser - but I got nada!
Francine Rivers is a great author, but this was not one of her great books. Not by a long shot. Forgiveness through Christ can absolutely work a miracle in anyone’s heart, I know this. God can restore even the most broken marriages. I know this too. I know it and lived it. However, there must be evidence of a transformation in BOTH hearts in order to believe there was a happy ending to this story. There was no evidence of anyone having a heart change other than Sierra and I didn’t even buy her heart change given her change didn’t actually start with her heart really…if you catch my drift.
I’d skip this one – don’t waste your money. There are other more believable love stories out there, this isn’t one of them though.