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A Tapestry of Secrets Paperback – August 2, 2016
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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?
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Seeing Perla much older and suffering through not just one but two strokes was difficult (having my own grandmother suffer three). Watching her stubbornness was a picture into her very soul, as she struggled with pride, fear, and knowing what was the right thing to do. The truth she knew, that she was forgiven, but still had a responsibility to her daughter, was made very clear and the reader can feel her angst.
Being introduced to Ella was a great pleasure. I liked her from the start and found myself rooting for one of her suitors over the other. I watched with great expectation as she grew and learned in those months she returned home. Ella had a dream, she wanted something, something noble and good. But she learned that what God wanted for her was the most important thing she could want. And she learned to be content.
Yes this was a fiction, but there are some wonderful lessons that I have learned from this terrific book. It is worth reading for the pleasure of it, but also for the truth that it holds. I can highly recommend this book.
She writes such profound books full of sound spirituality. In A Tapestry of Secrets one of my absolute favorite parts of the book was watching the faith of so many characters grow so deeply throughout the book. Numerous characters either went from no belief or very little belief to being strong in their faith. And I even saw spiritual growth in the pastor and loved that Thomas included him in her characters that were strengthened in faith! I really love it when a Christian Fiction novel challenges me spiritually and I was really challenged as Ella grew in her prayer life.
Another part of these books and especially this one that I love so much is the importance of family. I love how the entire family is so close and always bands together to help each other out. But likewise I appreciate that the family isn't perfect and that different family members don't always see eye to eye and often even argue.
The undertones of romance gone wrong and romance while following God's lead throughout this book are just wonderful. I really enjoy love stories but sometimes books like this are the better love story because the love story with God comes out of the pages more than the male/female love stories!
This book floats between present day and the Grandmother's youth in 1948. Sometimes I don't care for dual time books because I don't feel they transition well. But Thomas has a gift for making me love both side of the story in her books about equally. And I never feel annoyed with the transitions because they flow together perfectly.
I could gush on and on about this book because I loved it so much. I cannot wait to see what Thomas comes up with next!
I received an advanced copy of this book from Bethany House and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
The story flashes back to when Perla was a young foolish girl and how she ends up finding happiness. We also learn of Ella’s relationship with Mark, and that made me worry that maybe he was a stalker?
While home in her beloved home and church Ella goes about taking care of her Grandmother, and doing her beautiful art quilts, which ties in beautifully with her hometown. It also puts her in worlds of the past and present using clothing of the past in her quilts.
There is something her for everyone, and we wonder if Sadie is ever going to be able to find answers, she sure spends a lot of time looking for them, and in the end meeting new family.
We also have a few love interests for Ella, even Mark, Richard, the Pastor, and Seth her brother’s friend.
I received this book through Bethany House Publishing and was not required to give a positive review.
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Sexual Content: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content: Mild
Violent Content: Minimal
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