I listened to this one because it was picked by my book club.
Blurb: (Goodreads) In the tradition of the New York Times bestseller The Blind Side, The [an] Invisible Thread tells of the unlikely friendship between a busy executive and a disadvantaged young boy, and how both of their lives changed forever.
What I didn’t like: There is some repetition – the authors say the same thing that Maurice says at the end of the book in a letter he writes to Laura (the busy executive) but other than that, I can’t think of anything else I didn’t like. (See, there are some books I like, R. – my daughter thinks I’m too critical about the stories I read).
What I liked: It’s a very nice story – happy ending and all for all involved, though I think Laura might have more issues to deal with than the panhandler, Maurice. It’s always hard to hear about abuse (Laura’s father was an alcoholic and abusive to his family) and have them all just step gingerly around him vs just leaving him. It’s hard to understand how forgiving his family was to him, but that says a lot about that family. And Maurice’s love of his mother is astounding too. I don’t think she was abusive to Maurice, but she just wasn’t around, she was high most of the time and a poor role model. I see that too in my friend Willie. When we were working together to write his book, I rarely heard him talk poorly about his mother, either, even though she wasn’t much more help to him than Maurice’s mother was. The story was also well written, mixing Laura’s and Maurice’s stories in a logical, interesting way. I listened to this and it was narrated by Pam Ward. She did a fine job.