Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Review: The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton


Publisher:  Headline
Released:  July 2010
Review Format:  Paperback Edition provided by the author for review
Read:  February 2011

A warm and uplifting story of how a woman falls in love with a place and its people : a landscape, a community and a fragile way of life.

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 neighbours, including the intriguing Patrick Castagnol.  And that's before the arrival of Catherine's sister, Bryony...
Synopsis from Goodreads.
The Tapestry of Love is a beautiful story set in the French mountains.  Rosy Thornton paints the scene so beautifully that you almost feel like you’re there with the main character, Catherine, sitting on her cottage doorstep looking out over the beautiful French landscape.  How I would love to live in that cottage with those fabulous views!

Catherine is a charming character and very artistic, which she brought out in her tapestry and upholstery work.  She moved out to France with the idea of a fresh start and had decided to use her seamstress skills as the basis for a business run from the cottage.  As someone who also stitches, I enjoyed the insight into Catherine’s restoration and tapestry work. I liked how strong and down to earth Catherine was and her sense of humour came through on many occasions.  I also enjoyed her enthusiasm for the countryside around her - her longing to see the wild boar and her excitement when she eventually did.

Catherine is a divorcee with grown children, Lexie and Tom, who also regularly appear in the story along with Catherine’s younger sister, Bryony. Bryony is Catherine’s opposite – very sassy and opinionated and I really loved the chapters which she appeared. We meet a myriad of other characters during the story, mostly Catherine’s neighbours and one in particular, Patrick Castagnol, a handsome and secretive man who Catherine likes more than just a little!

The Tapestry of Love is a relaxing love story moving along at a much slower pace to my usual reads and it was a nice change. A well written and enjoyable read.

This is an adult book and not suitable for a younger audience due to a couple of mild sex scenes and the very occasional swear word.

My rating:  4 stars


thebookfairyhaven said...

Not my usual kind of read, but it definitely sounds like a romantic one. I do love the idea of tapestry forming part of this novel so I may just end up giving this one a try! Lovely review!

Jenny said...

What? No instant love? I hardly know what to do with myself, I'm so used to the instant attraction and lusting - a nice, relaxing love story sounds fabulous!

Attack of the Book! said...

Glad you enjoyed it! It really does sound like a sweet book! Sounds like the romance was, well, romantic!

And I am super, very beginner sewer. Wait, is that right? It's supposed be sow-er. One who sews, not that stinky place where bad water goes. Hahaha, oh well. I think it would be awesome to take an upholstery class. I've seen pictures online where people have done such nice things! But, I don't think they'll be offering a class in my small town any time soon :)

Dizzy C said...

I too was interested in the stitching as a stitcher in my younger days before I had 3 kids.

I loved the slow pace, just how I would expect life to be in those mountains Cathrine.
I welcomed the slow pace in my manic house LOL


Aylee said...

This is not the kind of book that I usually read but you know, I think I could enjoy it even still.

Gina @ My Precious said...

I'm with Aylee, its not the kind of book I would be drawn to reading. You presented a very fair and detailed review. I'm a little scared off by the slow place and subject matter. But at the same time, when I go out on a limb and try something different, I'm usually surprised at how much I like it!