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"Wonderful. A really great book. Great concept, well-organized and well-written. A beautifully woven tapestry. And loads of fun."  

~ Independent Book Publishers Online

Threads' inventive and well-researched portrait of Anne Boleyn and its aching, sophisticated love story impressed me most. Anne Boleyn is deliciously fleshed out here, the first-person narrator of a sweeping epic in the style of a non-satirical Orlando. The portrait really benefits from what seems like intense research of the life of Anne Boleyn - the narrative is surprisingly rich with historical detail. The reincarnation premise allows for a beautifully detailed exploration of love in its various forms, but especially the bond between two lovers who ache to both be equal partners and to rule over each other.


This is a strong, smart, captivating work. 

~ Writer's Digest



Rated:  * Five Stars * 

This story is a continuing marvel...

Never, ever have I even considered writing a review, but this book deserves far, far more praise than it has received. The language is elegant and jewel-like and the story is transcendent. The use of the Hindu concept of reincarnation and the historically notorious relationship of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII are wonderful devices to explore love, trust, betrayal and forgiveness, in all types of relationships, throughout time...There are so many levels to the passionate, intricate and exquisitely expressed stories told here. It is a story of love, forgiveness, choice and redemption with some of the most beautiful contemporary prose I've ever had the pleasure to read. And I'm really glad my copy is hardcover, although I may have to order a softcover to loan to friends. I'm not letting my copy out of the house. 
~ An Amazon.com reader from Jackson, Ms.


Rated:  * Five Stars * 

In two days I finished reading Threads by Nell Gavin. It held me captive, to say the least. I'm struck by its spiritual beauty and imagery, and also by its complexity. Certainly, the writing of this book must have taken the author on many twists and turns emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, in all ways. I know that reading it did so to me, and I fully plan to read it again at later dates so that I might draw from it more of its essence and meaning.

Threads is a treasure lying in a compost pile of all the literary (@#$&*) taking up bookshelf space in the world today; and this is not flattery, either vain or idle. I'm a very picky reader, and I confess that, although I've completed an historical fiction of my own, I seldom enjoy fiction. Threads so thoroughly transported me to other places and times that I felt I was actually there. I could smell the interiors, taste the wine and apples, hear the footsteps echoing in the halls, and touch the velvets and silks. I could see the laugh lines around Henry's eyes. I could feel the touch of Anne's hand.

Usually, history is written by the winners. In Threads, Ms. Gavin has given a voice to a young woman who was not one of the winners, but a woman who found herself on a path between an ambitious King and his goals.

A book like Threads is important not only because it helps to bring people closer to understanding Anne, but also because the spiritual wisdom in it is timely, important, much needed. 

This is a compelling, wonderful book.
~ Stephan Karl Waller, musician, composer and author of "Night Music"


Rated:  * Five Stars * 

Occasionally readers will encounter a book that changes their whole outlook. Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath", "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley, Kafka's "The Trial" and a lesser known novel "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" by Robert Tressell are high on my personal list. After reading "Threads" I am sure Nell Gavin's first novel will find its way onto the "top ten life-changing books" lists of many future readers for the wisdom and insights it offers in a witty, stylish and entertaining narrative. 

~ Ian R. Thorpe, poet, broadcaster and author


Rated:  * Five Stars * 
Nell Gavin does a remarkable job of reaching into the essence of Anne Boleyn. If her insight isn't exactly in sync with the lady herself - a possibility we can of course never know - it doesn't matter. Gavin is true to the circumstances we're familiar with and unflinchingly honest in bringing to life this extraordinary character. It FEELS honest, it feels right. Moreover, there's a lovely and dreamy quality throughout.

Brava, Nell Gavin.
~ Jack Mauro, author of "Gay Street", "Spite Hall" and "Enola's Wedding"

Rated:  * Five Stars * 
"Threads is not your run-of-the-mill historical novel...author Nell Gavin's imagination shines through..."

Curled Up With a Good Book

And readers write...

Dear Ms. Gavin,

I just finished reading "Threads." What a wonderful book. It was so moving, such a beautiful and emotional experience. I will be haunted by it forever, I am sure. That sounds like hyperbole, I realize, but I have been enamoured of Anne Boleyn for 35 years, and this book captured her personality and character as no other one ever has. I loved reading about some of Anne's other lives, too. I love history, and I felt like I was *there*.

Thank you so very much for writing this wonderful book! I hope that you plan to write others. You are a very gifted author.


Barbara Knoblach


Dear Ms. Gavin,

Your novel, Threads, is haunting me as no book has done for a long, long time.  It is extraordinary.  I congratulate you.  It is a rare novel that is so affecting, and for a first novel to be so accomplished is astonishing.

Thank you for the experience of Threads.  I have bought other copies to send to certain of my beloveds who I know will be haunted, too.


Patricia Taylor


Nell, I just finished THREADS, and I'm in awe of your talent.  This is one of the best books I've ever read.  In fact, I had to go back and read the execution scene a second time.  It was so well written, so perfectly described.  Like I said, I'm just in awe.  I even had to go back and read  the prologue again.  The book is a masterpiece!  Bravo!!!!  (I wish it hadn't ended.)

Carole Bellacera, author of "Border Crossings", "Spotlight", "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" and "Understudy


Dear Ms. Gavin,

It was with great sadness that I finished your book last night---I simply did not want it to end. I can't think of the last time a book has so moved me that I felt the need to postpone finishing it. Your storytelling was remarkable, and I truly felt transported back to Anne Boleyn's life (lives ?).

Thank you for sharing your gift with the world. You truly made my December reading a joy.

With thanks,

Ellen S.,

a happy reader in Camden, Maine



Thank you for Threads.  I'm moved to write as I finished it yesterday and can't get it out of my mind.  This is a rare find - ahead of its time in originality, beautiful in its lyricism and divine in its Voice.  I loved the passion, wit and humanity of the soul of Anne, and deeply appreciated the narrator's pain, still not free, even in the between-life perspective.  Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones is the only other novel I'm aware of with a similar point-of-view.  You offer a broader scope and far more to ponder.

Thank you again for a profound accomplishment in Threads.

Steven Webb


Dear Ms. Gavin:

You have written an amazing book.  Your book has mesmerized me, for two weeks after reading it I was rereading parts and still thinking about it. Even now it creeps back into my thoughts.  What a treat it is.  I particularly enjoyed the chance encounter of "Henry" and "Anne," he as a black man being hung and her as the spinster woman.  It so enthralled me that now I have to re-read the book because I am afraid I have missed some of your other lovely subtleties.  I am anxious to reread the book but one of the side affects of loving a book is you have the need to lend it to others to read.  I'll have to buy another copy, one for lending and one for keeping. 

Thank you so much for your book, it is wonderful. 

 Carol Stock


Hi Nell,

I wanted to let you know that I have finished your book for the SECOND time, and it is absolutely *Brilliant*!!! I am amazed by the way you really made Anne a living, breathing person, and the how you interwove the stories so seamlessly. It simply flowed...I shall treasure it always. Please let me know when you write your next book...

Thank you again,