Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton (Review)

  • Paperback: 352 pages

  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (October 14, 2010)  

  • ISBN-13: 978-0755345571

  • A rural idyll: that's what Catherine Parkstone is seeking when she sells her house in England and moves to a tiny hamlet in the Cévennes mountains in France. Divorced and with her children grown, she is free to make a new start, and set up in business as a seamstress. But this is a harsh and lonely place when you're no longer just on holiday, and Catherine finds herself with unexpected battles to fight. French bureaucracy, the mountain weather, the reserve of her neighbours - and most unsettling of all, her own fascination with the intriguing Patrick Castagnol.

    The Tapestry of Love is the story of how a woman falls in love with a place and its people: a portrait of landscape, a community and a fragile way of life.

    My Review:

    I loved this book. It is kinda a slow book that I took days to read. I did not mind because I did not want it to end although I knew it had too. I really enjoyed reading it and savored it. I have the urge to take a walk outside hopefully where there are trees now. A trip to my local park is in order. lol

    The writing and descriptions are beautiful and I felt like I was there in France with Catherine. The plot line was interesting and different from what I normally read. Catherine is the main character and the book does revolve around what happens to her mostly. Her sister, children, neighbors, and of course Patrick are well developed secondary characters also. It is a book about the different types of relationships we have with others in our life and the development of them among Catherine getting used to living in a very different place. I love the bolded line about from the author's website because it does a good job of summing up the book.  It was a pleasant book to read. Highly Recommended. I can't wait to read more books by this author. :)

    About the author:

    Rosy Thornton teaches at Cambridge University. She lives in a village nearby with her husband and their two daughters.

    Thank you very much to the author for sending me a review copy. :)

    1 comment:

    Sarah M. said...

    Sounds interesting. It reminds me a little of the Olive series written by Carol Drinkwater. I loved that series. She and her fiance (later husband) buy an old olive farm in the South of France and fix it up. You might check them out if you enjoyed The tapestry of Love. I listened to them years ago on Audio CD.

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