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A Tapestry of Secrets #3, in the Appalachian Blessings series, by Sarah Loudin Thomas
Watching her granddaughter struggle for perfection, Perla Phillips decides to tell her a secret she's kept for 60 years. She wants to show Ella that God can use even our mistakes for good. But before Perla can talk about that long ago summer, she suffers a debilitating stroke! Will the truth be locked inside of her forever?
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Appalachian Blessings
Now in her eighties, Perla Phillips has carried a secret since she was eighteen years old. When she sees her granddaughter, Ella, struggling for perfection, she decides to share her secret to show that God can use even the biggest mistakes for good. But before she can reveal what happened during that summer sixty years ago, she has a debilitating stroke.
Carrying a secret of her own, Ella arrives back in Wise, West Virgina, to help her aunt Sadie care for Perla. Both know the woman wanted to tell them something, but she's now locked in silence. Together they begin looking into the past, but they may learn more than they expected.
Will they have the courage to share their hearts? Or will the truth remain buried forever?
Musicgirl665 Stars Out Of 5Great BookFebruary 9, 2017Musicgirl66Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Just as enjoyable as Miracle in a Dry Season and Until the Harvest. Tapestry of Secrets continues the story begin in the first book. Sarah Loudin Thomas weaves a good story. Even though this is the third book in the series, it easily stands alone. Not just the story line, but he designing of quilts and the actual quilting was something to which I could relate.
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Tapestry of SecretsJanuary 30, 2017MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I enjoyed another trip back to Wise, West Virginia to visit Perla Phillips, her daughter Sadie, her son Henry, his wife Margaret, and to meet their grown children, Will and Ella. Perla is finally ready to share with Sadie (who is 59 in this book; she was a young child in the first) the name of her biological father. She also thinks sharing about her mistakes as a young woman will help her granddaughter, Ella, who is in her late 20's and trying to "find herself" after a failed relationship. After Ella moves back home, she meets Richard, the new pastor, and Seth, her brother's friend. Both seem interested in her. There are themes of forgiveness, family legacy, historical tradition, and faith. You could read only this book and still enjoy it, but to get the maximum satisfaction, you'll want to first read Appalachian Serenade, Miracle in a Dry Season, and Until the Harvest, all excellent books.
Deana5 Stars Out Of 5Family SecretsJanuary 15, 2017DeanaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I fell in love with the story from the beginning. I remember going to my grandfather's farm when I was younger. It was the best time of my life. There was always something to do whether is was gathering eggs or hanging the laundry out to dry in the gentle breeze. This story reminds of those times that I was able to spend time with my grandparents. The author does a great job of describing how important family is.
When Ella receives a call that her grandmother is in the hospital she goes home to take care of her. I enjoyed the tender relationship they shared and the respect that Ella had for her grandmother. Perla has a long road ahead of her as she tries to recover from her stroke. Inside she is battling with a secret that she has kept for many years. Can secrets tear a family apart? As Petra's daughter comes back to help with her care, will Petra find a way to tell her secret She has been keeping?
I loved the theme throughout the book about how important family is. Secrets can separate families and cause hurt that sometimes is hard to repair. I did like the way the story went back and forth in time. It gives a glimpse of Petra as a young woman who makes decisions that will have long term consequences on the family. Can past hurts be healed?
The story is beautifully written as a family learns to forgive, rely on their faith and appreciate the love of a family.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from The Bethany House Blogger Review Program
kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Sweet StoryJanuary 15, 2017kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Tapestry of Secrets was a joy to read. While telling the story of Ella Phillips and her search for her place in this world, her grandmother Perla's secrets are revealed. Sarah Loudin Thomas skillfully took me to Perla's past, and had me rooting for Ella in the present.
Sometimes when book characters go through the "Who am I and where do I belong?" process, it is irritating. Not the case here. Ella loved her family, her home, and her church. The changes she made in her thinking happened because she was so well-grounded. She was a very likable character.
The author did a great job of focusing on each character just as much as was needed. This was a stand-alone novel, yet having met most of the characters in the previous two books made it so much more special to me. I recommend this book to those who love a good, clean contemporary novel.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
Yvette K.5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful multi-generational dual timeline storyJanuary 3, 2017Yvette K.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Appalachian stories have long held an appeal for me, and on finally reading one of Sarah Loudin Thomas' Appalachian Blessings novels I was delighted to find a well crafted multi-generational story that incorporates themes of family, faith, and coming to terms with the past.
Though the main female character is Ella, who comes home partly to get away from an ex-boyfriend only to find two new romantic possibilities, I was particularly delighted with her Grandmother Perla. Perla comes to the conclusion that it is time to tell the story of her past to help her daughter Sadie to deal with her anger and hopefully keep her granddaughter from making a relationship mistake, only to be prevented by a health crisis. Following her journey through this book, and her changing attitudes, were a highlight.
As the romantic possibilities began to present themselves to Ella, I was apprehensive about there being a love triangle. The way in which everything develops, however, both feels realistic and works with the plot. I don't usually get invested in love triangles, but by midway through this novel I couldn't help picking a side when I was charmed by one of the sweetest romantic dates I have read.
I often disliked Ella's petulant nature, brought out by her need to keep change from happening, but I did enjoy watching as her perceptions changed and she was helped to realize that her faith too needed to change and grow.
While the contemporary portions of this novel take place after the first two novels chronologically, the events of Perla's past occur prior to the first novel. I have the first two novels on my bookshelf, and I may eventually decide it would be better to read them in order, but I chose to read this first and it can stand on its own. Knowing what I do now of this family, I am looking forward even more to reading the rest of the series including the prequel novella, Appalachian Serenade.
Recommended for those who enjoy contemporary, historical, or a mixture of the two. While this is a romance, it is also the story of generations of women and the choices they make.
This review refers to a complimentary copy received from the publisher through the Bethany House Blogger Review program. A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.