The Tapestry of Love

The Tapestry of Love

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A warm and uplifting story of how a woman falls in love with a place and its people: a landscape, a community and a fragile way of life.

A rural idyll: that's what Catherine is seeking when she sells her house in England and moves to a tiny hamlet in the Cevennes 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 neighbours, including the intriguing Patrick Castagnol. And that's before the arrival of Catherine's sister, Bryony...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 131 x 196 x 27mm | 281g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0755345576
  • 9780755345571
  • 247,605

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Praise for Rosy Thornton's previous novels: 'A refreshing twist on the romantic novel * She * Something of an achievement * Daily Telegraph * A love story with a difference * Woman's Weekly * She is skilled at drawing out the poignancy of ordinary life * Guardian * A sparkling, intelligent story - I loved it * Adele Geras * Thornton's debut is charming and funny * Glasgow Evening Times * A warm, witty and sharp-eyed look at what happens to real people * Emma Darwin * A charming well-written book, full of sweet anecdotes and humorous stories * Belfast Sunday Life *
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About Rosy Thornton

Rosy Thornton teaches at Cambridge University. She lives in a village nearby with her partner and their two daughters.
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251 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 20% (51)
4 43% (108)
3 27% (67)
2 8% (21)
1 2% (4)

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The Tapestry of Love is a quiet novel of lyrical prose and vivid imagery. Catherine has chosen to follow her dream of life in a rural idyll in the C�???�??�?�©vennes mountains of France. It's an adjustment for the 48 year old woman who has left behind family and friends for an isolated cottage in a tiny hamlet. Slowly Catherine makes a place for herself in the community, forming tentative friendships with her neighbors, including the enigmatic Patrick Castagnol. Catherine can be admired for her decision to begin a new life, as well as her determination to make it work. She doesn't intrude on the local community, instead making the effort to become part of it which speaks to her character. She accepts and overcomes the minor inconveniences she encounters, adjusting her lifestyle to suit the environs. There is romance for Catherine, not one I fully endorse to be honest as I didn't think much of Patrick's behaviour. However the affair is only a small part of Catherine's 'tapestry of love' and I believe that Thornton's title refers to the relationships, past, present and future, that make us who we are, and sustain us even in their physical absence. The book wends it's way at a leisurely pace through the challenges Catherine faces establishing herself, and the life and characters in the rustic farming community. The book requires you to surrender to the measured contentment of the landscape, rather than concern for where the story may be going. Thornton's descriptions of Catherine's environment are stunningly eloquent extolling it's charm and beauty. It is easy to imagine the picturesque views, the family of boar cavorting in the woods and the comforting curl of smoke from the chimney, all of which are sure to evoke daydreams of escape to such serenity. While I took great pleasure in Thornton's spectacularly expressive writing, I'm not sure it compensated entirely for the lack of drama. The momentum of the story is very subtle, until twin tragedies in the last quarter or so of the novel force decisive action from Catherine. The Tapestry of Love is a graceful and warm novel of subtle emotion and gorgeous landscape. What may well be an oasis in the frantic pace of everyday life, the books vibrant prose will capture your imagination, The Tapestry of Love is an engaging more
by Shelley Cusbert
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