Sunday, March 06, 2011
The Tapestry of Love
In my post of 17th February -link- I promised to write a review of this book, kindly sent to me by its author Rosy Thornton, so finally here it is. I've really enjoyed reading it and didn't want to rush getting to the final page savouring all the descriptions of the French countryside and towns, but, as the saying goes 'all good things must come to an end' and now I feel slightly bereft.
The heroine of the story is Catherine Parkstone, a divorced mother of two grown up children, who leaves her home in England to live in a small hamlet in the Cevennes region of France in a house called Les Fenils (the Haylofts). The story is of Catherine's first year in her new home; the changing seasons, the landscape, the farming community in her small hamlet and beyond are all beautifully described. As Catherine works in her garden, talks to her bees, walks in the mountains, works on her burgeoning soft furnishing business and creates her tapestries so life goes on around her. This is a gentle, thoughtful book and just as Catherine sews her tapestries the author weaves around her the story of the rural community, the density of French bureaucracy, her feelings for her intriguing neighbour Patrick and her connections to her own family at home. The threads of life, love and loss, of friendship and of family commitments intertwine within the glorious landscape and fascinating community around Les Fenils. For those of you who like a happy ending rest assured there is one!
Rosy Thornton's website