Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Tapestry of Secrets (Appalachian Blessings #3) by Sarah Loudin Thomas

This Decade-Spanning Novel of Family and Faith Will Delight
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?

About The Author

Sarah Loudin Thomas grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV, the seventh generation to live there. Her Christian fiction is set in West Virginia and celebrates the people, the land, and the heritage of Appalachia. Her first novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, released August 2014 through Bethany House. Book #2, Until the Harvest, released May 2015. Sarah is represented by Wendy Lawton of Books & Such Literary Agency.
A graduate of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, Sarah once dreamed of being a marine scientist. But her love for words won out and she has spent much of her career in public relations and marketing. She currently oversees fundraising and communications for a Christian children’s home in Black Mountain, NC.
Sarah and her husband Jim live in the mountains of Western North Carolina with Thistle–the canine equivalent to a personal trainer pushing them to hike, run, and throw sticks. Sarah is active in her local church and enjoys cooking and–you guessed it–reading.

My Review

This is the story of Ella, a young gifted woman, who receives devastating news that her beloved Perla, her Grandmother, has had a stroke. Also heading home is Aunt Sadie, she is now berating herself for not letting her mother tell her whom her biological father was.
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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