“Anything God gives you is sure to be better than what you thought you wanted in the first place,” Ella is told in Sarah Loudin Thomas’s novel, A Tapestry of Secrets.
~ What ~
At three-hundred-four pages, this third in the Appalachian Blessing Book series paperback targets those who enjoy contemporary romantic fiction. With no profanity or sexual scenes, discussions related to an unplanned pregnancy may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes acknowledgments, the author’s biography, and advertisements.
In this book set in the small town of Wise, Virginia, twenty-eight-year-old Ella has returned to her hometown to take care of her almost eighty-year-old grandmother, Perla. After the aging woman has a stroke, she reflects how she wishes she could tell her children and granddaughter about the choices she made in the past. With the nearby church possibly being sold, Ella also deals with similar decisions regarding romance that involve three different men in her life until she realizes God is in control.
~ Why ~
Many will like the non-violent, easy read of this book as it examines family, faith, choices made in life, and when those decisions are kept secret and why. Others may like its small town inferences and interjections of how God is always there for us, no matter what.
~ Why Not ~
Those that do not care for a story involving guilt and secrets from the past will avoid this book. Others may find it a slow read with its protagonist trying to decide who she likes as she waffles back and forth with her emotions.
~ Who ~
Growing up on a one hundred acre family farm in West Virginia, author Thomas is a fundraiser for a children’s ministry while living in North Carolina. As a published freelance writer for magazines and newspapers, this is her third novel.
~ Wish ~
I wish Perla’s frustration of not being able to tell her secret were more pronounced, especially when she was able to talk yet repeatedly did not bring up the topic. Having read two other books by this author that I did enjoy, I struggled to finish this one as it did not grab my attention and lacked the excitement and drama I expected.
~ Want ~
If you like a story about a young woman trying to find her true love and another who hid her past with regret, this may interest you, but it did not hold my attention.
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