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Monday, January 17, 2011

Review - Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton



The book was sent to me by the author herself and I am so happy that I got it so early. I would have got to it eventually so it was a bonus to get it so early.

Set in Cevennes in a part of France hitherto unknown to me I found Catherine's transfer from England to France absolutely enchanting. She left behind an ex husband, a sister and two grown up children and moved lock, stock and barrel at the age of 48 to a new home, a new country and a completely different way of life. She was also very eager to start up her upholstery/curtain business in rural France - a place where I thought this would have been a non starter from the beginning. It proves how wrong I was, and also showed how courageous Catherine was - willing and able to start anew.

We very often think this starting afresh is a prerogative of the young and that doing something like this at 48 is a bit risky. It is a risk of course but the benefits to Catherine were immense. I loved the story - with nuances of rural French life, with the trials and day to day happenings of a rural community where life revolves around the seasons, the sheep, the goats and things happening to a timetable and a pattern unchanged through centuries.

This was such a happy book to read - the spirit of quiet happiness, contentment and joy seeps through at every turn and one in turn is happy for everyone who appears in the book.

It is not a cheesy read at all, not overpoweringly frenchified as it were but an amazing unput downable book. A must read.

24 comments:

Jonita said...

I'm so glad that you enjoyed this one as well!

lilly said...

I am putting this one on my wish list because it's so happy and joyous. I need reads like that. Thank you for the review.

bermudaonion said...

This book sounds so charming!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Glad that you enjoyed this one.

Bedazzled said...

I loved that book too.. http://bedazzledeternally.blogspot.com/2010/12/french-connection.html

Mary said...

Wasn't it good! I really liked it too. I read Crossed Wires by Rosy Thornton but now want to track down her other books.

Lesa said...

What a lovely cover! I'm going to remember this one for when I need a happy book!

Blodeuedd said...

It was sure such a delightful and charming book :) And I admired Catherine

Tribute Books Mama said...

here's mine http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/01/mailbox-monday-hunters-and-prey.html

fiction-books said...

Hi Mystica,

This is another new author to me, but I love the sound of this book and the cover art is great.

It's always nice to receive books direct from the author, isn't it?

I recently won a competition and received a copy of a new author's first book and it's a great feeling.

Yvonne

chelleyreads said...

oh man. sounds fantastic! i wish i'd said yes when i was offered this book. glad you enjoyed it :)

Aisle B said...

Need to get this one slipped into my hands. I love the way you described it as not being cheesy but a MUST READ.

Thanks for giving me the boost and adding this one down to reading list now.

Amused said...

Oh this book sounds delightful and one that must be added to my wish list!

debbie bailey said...

This one is going on my inter-library search list. Thanks for the recommendation. By the way, I love your name!

Yvette said...

This really sounds like the kind of book I'd like. I'd never heard of it until I read about it on your blog. Add another one to the TBR List! :) I love stories about people going off to France or Italy to live.

Nan said...

I keep meaning to read this! Thank you for a wonderful review.

Chèli said...

Sounds perfect for a chilly rainy day with a roaring fire and comfy blanket.

Chèli
Cheli's Shelves

Rose City Reader said...

Once I got to my 40s, I started loving books about women my age living interesting lives.

Thanks for participating in Mailbox Monday!

Rose City Reader

naida said...

This does sound very good, and what a pretty cover.
Great review!

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Cheryl said...

I liked your review of this one. Sounds like a great book!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

this sounds really sweet~~ thanks for stopping by my blog today!

carolsnotebook said...

Glad you enjoyed this one. It sounds like a nice read.

Anna said...

So glad to hear it's not cheesy and that you enjoyed it.

Swapna said...

Glad you enjoyed this one, as I have it to read and review as well.