'The Tapestry of Love'
Author: Rosy Thornton
Published: Headline Book Publishing; Oct. 2010
Synopsis: A rural idyll: that's what Catherine is seeking when she sells her house in England and moves to a tiny hamlet in the Cévennes mountains. With her divorce in the past and her children grown, she is free to make a new start, and her dream is to set up in business as a seamstress. But this is a harsh and lonely place when you're no longer just here on holiday. There is French bureaucracy to contend with, not to mention the mountain weather, and the reserve of her neighbors, including the intriguing Patrick Castagnol. And that's before the arrival of Catherine's sister, Bryony.
My Take: I was really looking forward to reading this book this summer. I mean look at that cover! Don't you just want to go there and relax your cares away? I love reading books with this concept. Women moves to foreign country, restores old house, meets charming neighbors, becomes one with new town, falls in love, all is well with the world. While it may be formulaic now, it is a book I generally enjoy. So yes, I dug into this book with some serious fervor.
Our heroine is Catherine who moves to the wilds of France, not really to escape her old life, but to find a more relaxed, laid-back new one. She is a divorcee with two grown children so she doesn't have anything holding her back in England. It's time for her to do what she wants. And what she wants to do is move to France and focus on her tapestry business. She makes homemade tapestries. Kinda cool, right?
Once there, her neighbors took to her immediately. I expected at least someone to give her some grief, but nope, she immediately became one of the old rustic town and her business took off. However the French government wasn't so easy. One of these new neighbors is Patrick and he is handsome and charming and maybe even a little brooding.
Here's my problem, maybe because I do love these types of books and I have read so many, I knew almost instantly what was going to happen in this one. I didn't really need to keep turning the pages because, while sweet and charming, I knew how it would all play out. I needed some funny characters or some more drama than French government to liven up the pages, otherwise, I mean really all chick-lit books end the same so there has got to be something to spice up the middle bits. However, this is not to say I wouldn't give Thornton another try because I love this genre and I think there's always room for more great women writers within it.
Cover Lust: As I said earlier, I want to go to there!