By a Thread is a contemporary novel about a choice no mother should ever have to make.
Beautiful Judith Creed Oman finds herself in a desperate position. At seventeen, she unites (marries) with Joseph Oman, a young farmer in her closed community. They have a son they both adore, but now Judith is fearful – the community allows two children per family. Beyond two, children are taken away and raised in a community orphanage for the duration of their lives. When her child is past two, Judith is pregnant and alone in her farmhouse when she goes into labor. She delivers twin girls. This is her nightmare, three children.
By a Thread is the story of concealment and what Judith does to keep her daughters from being separated.