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The Tapestry of Love [Paperback]

Rosy Thornton
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Dec 15 2010
<DIV><DIV>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 neighbors, including the intriguing Patrick Castagnol. And that's before the arrival of Catherine's sister, Bryony.</DIV></DIV>

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Rosy Thornton teaches at Cambridge University.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Heavy on Description, Lacking in Conflict Dec 23 2011
By Lydia - Novel Escapes TOP 500 REVIEWER
The Tapestry of Love was a richly drawn read about starting over amidst uncertainty. I loved the premise along with the novelty of a story set in France, but unfortunately, I wasn't as drawn into the story as I wanted to be.

The details about the area, the terrain and neighbours was initially fascinating, but my interest soon waned as it continued throughout much of the first half of the novel. As a positive, I could picture the setting vividly, but unfortunately I couldn't find much plot to hold onto until the later half. Even early in the novel when Catherine's sister visits and throws a glitch in her ideal rural fantasy, I found Catherine's reaction passive where I'd hoped she'd take action. Her struggles against the French bureaucracy was a major theme of the book according to it's synopsis, but it didn't actually begin until well past half way through the novel, and even though it was interesting, overall, it wasn't much of a glitch of conflict.

There were a few moments that snuck up on me emotionally that I wasn't expecting, which I enjoyed. I also liked the subplot of her struggles with her mother's Alzheimer's and that her relationship with her ex-husband was amicable, finding her thoughts on both realistic and conflicting. However, because they were both physically distant we only saw these relationships through her thoughts, which I found didn't give me much to grab onto.

While Thornton definitely has a flair for words, I wished The Tapestry of Love was less wordy with the description and had a bit more conflict and plot to sink my teeth into.
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4.0 out of 5 stars `You think there will always be time.' April 18 2011
By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 50 REVIEWER
Catherine Parkstone is seeking to make a fresh start. Catherine is a 48 year old divorcée, with two grown children who is now free - more or less - to pursue her own dream: a rural idyll in a place where she enjoyed childhood holidays. Catherine sells her home in England and moves to a tiny hamlet in the Cévennes Mountains in France where she hopes to use her skills in needlecraft (tapestry and soft furnishings) to establish her own business.

Catherine finds the Cévennes beautiful, but it is also harsh and lonely terrain and it is difficult for an outsider to find acceptance - even a fluent French speaker. And there are other battles as well: both with the French bureaucracy and the mountain weather. Despite the initial reserve of her new neighbours, over time Catherine becomes part of the daily life in the community of Le Grelaudiere. She also becomes fascinated by the enigmatic Patrick Castagnol, her nearest neighbour. While Catherine is keen to build her new life, she also feels the pull of her former life: her aging mother is in a nursing home suffering from Alzheimer's disease and she misses her children Lexie and Tom, and her sister Bryony.

This is a delightful and enjoyable novel about family, friendship, love and new beginnings. It is also about the fragile beauty of a place and way of life. I enjoyed the way that Ms Thornton portrayed the relationships in this novel, and I loved her descriptions of the landscape in the Cévennes. The seasons of the mountains provided their own chronology for various events in the lives of the characters and Catherine's tapestries also formed a partial metaphor for her new life: bringing together fabric, colour and idea to create something new, or to repair something old.

Note: I was offered, and accepted, a copy of this novel for review purposes.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Charming Portrait of a Woman's Life July 19 2010
By Becca - Published on
Tapestry of Love, is a delightful new novel by Rosy Thornton. Catherine Parkstone has traded her empty nest in England for a cottage in the Cevannes mountains, a place she remembers fondly from vacations as a child. She quickly establishes herself as a "needlewoman" gifted in the design of "home furnishings and tapestries," and makes friends with an assortment of likeable neighbors in the small village of La Grelaudiere. Rather more than friends, in fact, with the mysterious and handsome Patrick Castagnol, who plys her with food, wine, and intriguing conversation.

Of course there are some rough patches on this cobblestone road, for life (and good novels) are never complete without them. (Like when Catherine's younger sister Bryony shows up for a visit and steps squarely in the midst of the budding relationship between Catherine and Patrick!) But Catherine navigates them with grace and aplomb, and comes out wiser and stronger on the other side.

The thing I loved about this novel is the way Thornton takes an everyday sort of life and expands it into a wonderful, meaningful story. After all, Catherine isn't all that different from me, really - she has grown children she misses, an ailing mum she worries about, an avocation turning into a career. Yet in Thornton's hands, Catherine's story becomes compelling and thought provoking. I think it's Thornton's intimate writing style, the perfect amount of attention to the small detail, and her deft characterizations that make her novels such a joy to read.

Tapestry of Love weaves a charming portrait of a woman's life, of a place she choose to live and comes to love, and of the relationships which make her days meaningful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What does it take to bring closure to our unfinished business? Oct. 15 2011
By Mary J. Gramlich - Published on
Catherine Parkstone has decided to take her life to another country. Not to not start again, but jump-start the one she is living. The divorce is years past, the children on their own, and now it is time for Catherine to put some life in the years.

She starts a needlework and upholstery business, prepares a garden, and contemplates raising some pigs on the small piece of real estate she now owns in France. The neighbors are skeptical at first, but soon warm up to her and become clients as well as friends. There are quiet mornings, the ability to walk everywhere, and figure out exactly who she is going to become.

There are family issues but there always are and for some reason they always involve sisters. Catherine and her sister may be adults but there is the underlying competition even for the one man Catherine had a feelings toward. Patrick is secretive and shares the love of a good bottle of wine over conversation but Catherine is not going to fight for him, or will she? He will have to decide which sister he wants and hope that she will also want him back.

This book must be read for its glorious writing, endearing characters, and beautiful setting. Catherine is a woman who I admire because she is on her own and creates a life she wants to live.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life should be enjoyed at a slower pace April 2 2011
By Staci - Published on
This is the perfect book to just take your time and savor the words. The story is slow but not in a bad sense, but rather one where you really get the opportunity to know the characters and the inhabitants of the tiny village in the Cevennes Mountains. I would totally recommend before reading The Tapestry of Love that you visit Les Cevennes website. After doing that, envisioning the location, the homes, and even the people who live there makes the story come alive in your mind. Catherine is a woman that I would love to know in real life. She's resilient and learns to depend on herself and embrace life.

Recommend? Absolutely...take your time, make a cup of tea and immerse yourself in this story!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Angieville: THE TAPESTRY OF LOVE Feb. 10 2011
By Angela Thompson - Published on
I ran across my first reference to THE TAPESTRY OF LOVE over on The Zen Leaf and immediately wanted to read it after coming across Amanda's comment:

It was warm, comforting, and homey, and the prose was beautiful without ever jarring me.

That described exactly the kind of book I was in the mood for at the time. By a new-to-me UK author. And set in the French countryside? I wanted it. I wanted it now. Unfortunately, it somehow slipped through the cracks and I didn't end up ordering a copy immediately. But it wasn't long before I received Rosy Thornton's previous novel, Crossed Wires, as a gift and figured I may as well start there. I immediately liked Ms. Thornton's writing style and the so-very-real way her characters went about living their lives. So it was with great pleasure I opened up a package in the mail a little while later to find my very own copy of THE TAPESTRY OF LOVE. Falling into this story was as easy as pie.

Catherine Parkstone has just made one of the biggest decisions of her life. At the age of 48, she's been divorced for a while now and is fairly certain she's ready to move on with her life. In this case, moving on entails picking up her tomato plants and her threads and using almost all of her modest savings to purchase a cottage in an infinitesimally small village in France's Cevennes mountains. Yes, it shocks her kids. And her ex-husband. And basically anyone who ever knew her. But to Catherine it just feels right. And she doesn't regret it for a moment. Though her French isn't exactly up to par and sometimes the solitude can creep in unawares, it is with a lightening of the heart and a surge of hope that she takes to her new home and its curious denizens. Hanging out her shingle as a professional seamstress, Catherine sets about getting to know the locals and her easy way with people and quiet independence wins her a place in their hearts, though her nearby neighbor Patrick Castagnol is a bit of an enigma. Even if he does brew his own beer and cook her dinners like a master chef. Then one day, out of the blue, Catherine's sister Bryony arrives in need of a holiday, and the fragile balance Catherine has achieved threatens to crumble under the weight of her sister's forceful personality.

Okay. Favorite thing about this book, hands down? Catherine is so unapologetically herself and the rest of the characters are so exquisitely fraught with shades of grey. No villains. No angels. Just life in all its messy glory. And the beautiful, beautiful French countryside, French food, and Catherine's careful hands and rainbow of threads binding it all together. It sounds strange, but I am often so very gratified to be neatly foiled in my attempts to hate certain characters. You see, Catherine is a very likable character. And a couple of other characters (who should seriously know better, in my opinion) get in the way of her happiness. And such things can try my patience with them. But Rosy Thornton did an excellent job of presenting these actions in the context of their complicated history together, their individual fears, wants, and needs. And I could see it all laid out. The way it inevitably came together in just the way it did, like Catherine's tapestry of the saint in his boat, sailing for the shore. It was lovely in its imperfection. And I was so very happy with the way it ended. This is a quiet book and, like Patrick (and Catherine, for that matter), it is not given to effusion. But also like those two characters, it is wonderfully mature, full of hidden depths and shades of beauty. THE TAPESTRY OF LOVE is a book I could easily hand anyone, knowing they will likely fall for its simple, eloquent charms just as I did. Recommended for fans of Linda Gillard's Emotional Geology.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Enjoyable Book Jan. 29 2011
By booklover1983 - Published on
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. :)

Review copy provided by the author but in no way influenced my review.
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