A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Taylor wasn't a dynamic book; there was no mystery to push the story along and no tragedy looming. As described by NPR, it is a domestic story about a family and a house. Although it is beautifully written and her writing is smooth and flows easily, the story wasn't overly enticing.
From the cover:
The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture . . . From Red's father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s to Abby and Red's grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling and lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor.