Monday, 19 September 2016
A Tapestry of Secrets - Sarah Loudin Thomas
What is the weight of a secret? And what happens when that burden becomes almost too much to bear?
For decades, Perla Phillips has hidden the truth of a decision that still fills her with guilt. But now, seeing her granddaughter, Ella, struggle in a similar way, she's prepared to finally open the past to her family, no matter the consequences. But when the opportunity is snatched from her in a most unexpected manner, will she have waited too long?
Spanning generations, this moving family drama weaves together the interlocking stories of two women as they navigate relationships, family, faith, and the choices that will shape their lives. Heartwarming and nostalgic, the story explores the courage to share the wounds of the past and celebrates the legacy a family passes from one generation to the next.
Even though I found this book a rather slow moving leisurely read, with very little high drama, there are certain elements about it that I thoroughly enjoyed: There's a quilt woven into the story -- I love stories that feature a quilt, perhaps because quilts have stories and symbolize beauty, warmth and they almost always have a lot of love stitched into them. And one quilt in this story certainly signifies a special bond between two endearing characters; Perla and her granddaughter, Ella, who creates beautiful quilts to sell at an art show. This hobby ties together nicely with the Appalachian setting, a small, close-knit community and also that Ella takes care of her grandma, who used to be a quilter as well.
As the title suggests, family secrets are a big part of the plot.The author does an admirable job keeping the intrigue going, enticing the reader to keep turning pages to learn how the story will unfold. The mixed emotions of a small congregation upon hearing that a land developer is looking to buy the land where their church is located, adds another interesting twist to the plot.
Apparently this book is part of a series, which I didn't realize while I was reading, as it's not mentioned anywhere on or in the book. I always like to know this before reading a book, so I can read the previous books, if I haven't yet.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Posted by Linda Maendel