Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A Tapestry of Secrets (Appalachian Blessings #3) by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Title: A Tapestry of Secrets (Appalachian Blessings #3)
Author: Sarah Loudin Thomas
Pages: 296
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Bethany House
Format: Paperback (also available in eBook)
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     What is the weight of a secret? What happens when that burden becomes almost too much to bear?

     For decades, Perla Phillips has hidden the truth of a decision that still fills her with guilt. But now, seeing her granddaughter, Ella, struggle in a similar way, she’s prepared to finally open the past to her family, no matter the consequences. But when the opportunity is snatched from her in a most unexpected manner, will she have waited too long?

     Spanning generations, this moving family drama weaves together the interlocking stories of two women as they navigate relationships, family, faith, and the choices that will shape their lives. Heartwarming and nostalgic, the story explores the courage to share the wounds of the past and celebrates the legacy a family passes from one generation to the next.

My review:

     A charming story of small town living.

     I loved returning to Wise, West Virginia for the third time. It has been an absolute joy for me to see so many ways that the community has stayed the same over all the years. In many ways though this book feels more like it is just centering on the Phillips family and there isn’t quite as much interaction with the community as a whole.

     We see a new generation as they are trying to sort out their feelings and figure out who they are supposed to spend the rest of their lives with. Ella suddenly finds herself with two attractive men interested in spending time with her. Which one is the “right” one for her? There was a nice balance with also trying to figure out what God wanted for her and for the community.

     I found the times when Perla’s struggles with her limitations due to health to be very poignant. I can’t even imagine how frustrating it would be. She was trying so hard to know what God wanted her to do about a secret that she had kept for over 50 years.

     I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of the quilt art that Ella designed. I was amazed that she was able to work in shading and different textures with the different type of stitches that she used. I would love to see quilts like the ones described.

     This incredible book is getting a rating of 5 stars from me and I’m highly recommending it.

     You can find my review for Miracle in a Dry Season, book #1 in the series, at:

     My review for book #2, Until the Harvest, is at:

     You can find out more about Sarah and her books on her website at:

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