The Tapestry of Love was a beautiful read, with wonderful characters and a setting that truly came alive. (Plus, isn’t that cover gorgeous?)
Summary via Goodreads.com:
A rural idyll: that’s what Catherine is seeking when she sells her house in England and moves to a tiny hamlet in the Cévennes mountains. With her divorce in the past and her children grown, she is free to make a new start, and her dream is to set up in business as a seamstress. But this is a harsh and lonely place when you’re no longer just here on holiday. There is French bureaucracy to contend with, not to mention the mountain weather, and the reserve of her neighbors, including the intriguing Patrick Castagnol. And that’s before the arrival of Catherine’s sister, Bryony.
This book was truly a character piece, a portrait of a woman who has reached the stage of her life where she can make a new beginning without needed to take into accounts the needs of her (grown) children, her ex-husband, or her successful sister.
She’s ready to start a small business in a place she picks for herself, away from her well established routine in England. It’s a life that permits her to indulge her talent with tapestry work, cultivate a garden, get to know her new neighbors, and explore activities she never dreamed she’d try– like beekeeping.
The story explores her relationship with family: her children (both of them were characters with just enough depth for me to want to get to know them better; her sister (who turns Catherine’s life upside down when she comes to visit); and her mother (suffering from dementia, she’s both the easiest and hardest relationship to leave behind).
Catherine develops new relationships with her neighbors, and while they are interesting in and of themselves they also help show what kind of a person Catherine is and contribute to the picture of Catherine’s new home.
As a confirmed city (or at least suburbs) dweller, I was amazed how wonderful the rural French setting sounded. Even if I quickly came to my senses as far as my living there, I could really feel the appeal for Catherine, even with the downsides that were lovingly portrayed as well.
The only aspect of the book that didn’t entirely work for me was the potential romantic relationship with Patrick, the mysterious man of the mountains. If I didn’t love that aspect of the book, I didn’t hate it either, and it didn’t interfere with my overall enjoyment.
Overall, reading this book was a highly enjoyable experience.
I received my copy of The Tapestry of Love for review from the author– thank you!