The Tapestry of Love, and I gladly jumped at the offer. I love needlework and the concept of starting over.
Catherine Parkstone has been divorced for several years when she decides to move to a small French village and begin a new life as a "needlewoman." Although she is confronted with a degree of inconvenience with her new home, she gallantly works on establishing herself as neighbor and needlewoman.
Her neighbors are initially welcoming, but quite formal. As Catherine settles into her new life and the rhythms of the French countryside, her friendships develop slowly, but surely.
The characters are interesting and well-drawn, providing a gradual acceptance that Catherine reciprocates. There is some love interest with the rather mysterious Patrick Castagnol, some complications arising from a visit from her sister Bryony and from Catherine's difficulties with French Bureaucracy, but the story moves slowly through all of these, concentrating on the relationships Catherine builds.
I enjoyed the slow pace of the novel as Catherine adjusts to the demands of a new culture and setting. The descriptions are lovely, and I could easily imagine the beauties and difficulties of her new way of life.
The relationship between Bryony and Patrick Castagnol, bothered me a bit, and the plot is relatively placid, but visiting in the Cevennes Mountains of France was thoroughly enjoyable. Visually appealing with some good characters in the Bouschets, the novel offers a peaceful interlude.
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Fiction. Contemporary Fiction. 2011. 406 pages.