THE TAPESTRY OF LOVE by Rosy Thornton
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.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!
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.
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