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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (October 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755345576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755345571
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,638,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rosy Thornton teaches at Cambridge University.

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Rosy Thornton is a UK-based author of contemporary fiction, published by Headline Review. Her novels could perhaps be described as romantic comedy with a touch of satire - or possibly social satire with a hint of romance. In real life she lectures in Law at the University of Cambridge, where she is a Fellow of Emmanuel College. She shares her home with her partner, two daughters and two lunatic spaniels.

Customer Reviews

An easy book to read, congratulations to the Author.
shirley forde
You know it's a good book when you need a day or two to keep living in it before you start reading something else.
Mary Twain
Overall: Fantastic visual detailing and a loveable set of characters makes this book a great read.
Misha

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Becca on July 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Tapestry of Love, is a delightful new novel by Rosy Thornton. Catherine Parkstone has traded her empty nest in England for a cottage in the Cevannes mountains, a place she remembers fondly from vacations as a child. She quickly establishes herself as a "needlewoman" gifted in the design of "home furnishings and tapestries," and makes friends with an assortment of likeable neighbors in the small village of La Grelaudiere. Rather more than friends, in fact, with the mysterious and handsome Patrick Castagnol, who plys her with food, wine, and intriguing conversation.

Of course there are some rough patches on this cobblestone road, for life (and good novels) are never complete without them. (Like when Catherine's younger sister Bryony shows up for a visit and steps squarely in the midst of the budding relationship between Catherine and Patrick!) But Catherine navigates them with grace and aplomb, and comes out wiser and stronger on the other side.

The thing I loved about this novel is the way Thornton takes an everyday sort of life and expands it into a wonderful, meaningful story. After all, Catherine isn't all that different from me, really - she has grown children she misses, an ailing mum she worries about, an avocation turning into a career. Yet in Thornton's hands, Catherine's story becomes compelling and thought provoking. I think it's Thornton's intimate writing style, the perfect amount of attention to the small detail, and her deft characterizations that make her novels such a joy to read.

Tapestry of Love weaves a charming portrait of a woman's life, of a place she choose to live and comes to love, and of the relationships which make her days meaningful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary J. Gramlich VINE VOICE on October 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
Catherine Parkstone has decided to take her life to another country. Not to not start again, but jump-start the one she is living. The divorce is years past, the children on their own, and now it is time for Catherine to put some life in the years.

She starts a needlework and upholstery business, prepares a garden, and contemplates raising some pigs on the small piece of real estate she now owns in France. The neighbors are skeptical at first, but soon warm up to her and become clients as well as friends. There are quiet mornings, the ability to walk everywhere, and figure out exactly who she is going to become.

There are family issues but there always are and for some reason they always involve sisters. Catherine and her sister may be adults but there is the underlying competition even for the one man Catherine had a feelings toward. Patrick is secretive and shares the love of a good bottle of wine over conversation but Catherine is not going to fight for him, or will she? He will have to decide which sister he wants and hope that she will also want him back.

This book must be read for its glorious writing, endearing characters, and beautiful setting. Catherine is a woman who I admire because she is on her own and creates a life she wants to live.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Staci on April 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the perfect book to just take your time and savor the words. The story is slow but not in a bad sense, but rather one where you really get the opportunity to know the characters and the inhabitants of the tiny village in the Cevennes Mountains. I would totally recommend before reading The Tapestry of Love that you visit Les Cevennes website. After doing that, envisioning the location, the homes, and even the people who live there makes the story come alive in your mind. Catherine is a woman that I would love to know in real life. She's resilient and learns to depend on herself and embrace life.

Recommend? Absolutely...take your time, make a cup of tea and immerse yourself in this story!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela Thompson VINE VOICE on February 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
I ran across my first reference to THE TAPESTRY OF LOVE over on The Zen Leaf and immediately wanted to read it after coming across Amanda's comment:

It was warm, comforting, and homey, and the prose was beautiful without ever jarring me.

That described exactly the kind of book I was in the mood for at the time. By a new-to-me UK author. And set in the French countryside? I wanted it. I wanted it now. Unfortunately, it somehow slipped through the cracks and I didn't end up ordering a copy immediately. But it wasn't long before I received Rosy Thornton's previous novel, Crossed Wires, as a gift and figured I may as well start there. I immediately liked Ms. Thornton's writing style and the so-very-real way her characters went about living their lives. So it was with great pleasure I opened up a package in the mail a little while later to find my very own copy of THE TAPESTRY OF LOVE. Falling into this story was as easy as pie.

Catherine Parkstone has just made one of the biggest decisions of her life. At the age of 48, she's been divorced for a while now and is fairly certain she's ready to move on with her life. In this case, moving on entails picking up her tomato plants and her threads and using almost all of her modest savings to purchase a cottage in an infinitesimally small village in France's Cevennes mountains. Yes, it shocks her kids. And her ex-husband. And basically anyone who ever knew her. But to Catherine it just feels right. And she doesn't regret it for a moment.
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