Recently, I was sent a copy of Sarah Loudin Thomas’s book “A Tapestry of Secrets” for review. This review, along with the others I’ve written, are completely honest and unbiased. Admittedly, I wanted to read this book because of the cover…I liked the photo on it, as well as the colours and text. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by the cover but let’s be honest: who doesn’t do that?!
Alright, so this book is right up my alley: Christian fiction, a little bit of mystery, some sort of craft involved, and a romance or two. The back cover describes this book as being about a elderly woman, Perla, who has hidden a secret from her family for many decades. She is seeing her granddaughter, Ella, now struggle with something similar and decides to come clean. But something happens and Perla is no longer able to share her secret, and she wonders if she has waited too long.
Ella returns to her hometown where her parents, brother, and grandmother Perla all reside, after a health related incident occurs, and then has to decide if she wishes to remain close to her family or return back to her “old life”. The book switches between a narrative when Perla is a young woman, to present day with the focus on Ella. We do know what Perla’s secret is, but I did not find Ella to be in a situation even close to Perla’s! Ella struggles with the affections of two young men, which I admit I found frustrating. At times she is leading one or the other along, but is seemingly oblivious. We also learn that she has recently ended a relationship but the book doesn’t go in to much detail about it, although that would have been helpful in understanding Ella a bit better.
Even though I did find some flaws, this was a good book and I enjoyed reading it. The scenery is well described, the characters were easy to like, the plot was believable, and it ended well. There were many twists and turns I didn’t anticipate, and God and faith are mentioned quite frequently. Perla has a strong faith and prays often for guidance, while Ella has sort of forgotten what is important in life. Her family helps remind her, and she in turn is rewarded with the faithfulness of God.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to others.
“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”