The story within The Tapestry of Love centers on Catherine Parkstone who moves from England to a small village in France. She leaves her two grown children, Tom and Lexie, intent on having a fresh start in a new country. A divorced woman of 48, she tries to start a new upholstery business and seamstress service in the area. She summons enough courage to move to France alone, but has the typical problems and challenges of a new business owner in a foreign land.
Catherine makes friends easily and develops a close relationship with a local, Patrick Castagnol. When her younger sister Bryony pays a visit, Catherine realizes that their relationship is more one-sided than she would like to admit. She finds that they are both competing for Patrick’s attention, and the reader will easily take sides to see who will win this “prize”.
The rural provincial life in France is at once charming and rustic, and the reader will enjoy the real life description of what life would be like living full-time in that area. This is the France that tourists rarely get to see, but always wish they could experience. Who wouldn’t love to sell her house and go to keep bees in a small mountain village in France? I know I would if given the chance.
Catherine reaches out to others appropriately when she is lost, and turns retrospectively inward to settle her own mind to her confused feelings and desires during the story. Her descriptions of the scenery, as well her sewing, are magical, and allow the reader to at once dream and appreciate the beauty of the region.
Reading The Tapestry of Love is like looking at a beautiful and haunting painting and trying to find the words to describe the familiar feeling it gives, as well as the enjoyment it brings. I’d recommend the book to anyone wanting to read about celebrating leaving one life and starting again with no regrets.
After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Rosy Thornton. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.