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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
A Cord of Three Strands is a work of fiction in the historical, dramatic, and Christian sub-genres, and was penned by author Christy Distler. In this deeply emotional historical drama, we meet Isaac Lukens and Elisabeth Alden, two figures who both have very difficult decisions to make and burdens to bear in the year 1756. As Isaac struggles with his identity between his life with Lenape people and his white roots from his birth parents, his childhood friend Elisabeth is burdened with the care of her young siblings and the pressure to marry or lose the children for good. What follows is a powerful drama about duty, passion, and finding the right path in life.
Author Christy Distler has crafted a highly engaging historical novel that takes the realistic struggles and wider political and social conflicts of its period and weaves them firmly into the plot of the story. With this commitment to accuracy and realistic atmosphere underpinning the tale, it lends even more credence to the emotional realism and the feelings of the central characters. It was wonderful to see issues of identity, race, family duty, and women’s rights interwoven into the tale in a realistic and relevant way, and the strong narrative voice of the author gives us a close insight into the characters’ struggles and inner turmoil. I also felt that the dialogue was historically on point and delivers its moral messages well. Overall, A Cord of Three Strands is a highly recommended read for fans of historical fiction with Christian themes and realistic emotional drama.