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

Publisher and Publication Date: Bethany House. August 2, 2016.
Genre: Fiction.
Pages: 296.
Source: Complimentary copy from Bethany House.
Rating: Okay.

Author Info:
Sarah Loudin Thomas is a fundraiser for a children's ministry and has written for Mountain Homes Southern Style and Now & Then magazines, as well as The Asheville Citizen-Times. She is the author of Miracle in a Dry Season and Until the Harvest. She holds a BA in English from Coastal Carolina University. She and her husband reside in North Carolina. She can be found online at


Two time periods.
1. 2008. Craggy Mount, Virginia.
2. 1948. West Virginia.

Ella is a young woman who lives in Virginia. She is an artisan. Her art is quilting.
She has a former fiance named Mark. He is an ambitious attorney. They dated for a while before she figured out he is a bulldog when it comes to certain areas of life. He just doesn't understand the word no. She returns to the hometown where her family lives to visit her grandmother Perla. In the book, Perla is the character from the time period of 1948. In 2008, Perla has a stroke. She has time to think about the events of 1948, and making peace with that part of her life.

A Tapestry of Secrets had the potential to have a developed story and developed characters. However, both the story and characters were dampened. They only transgressed so far, and not far enough to be believable. I usually don't stick with a book if it is an okay rating. I don't usually take the time to write a review for an okay book.
A few points that made the story okay:
  • Ella is age 29. She acted more like a woman who is in her early 20s. She was not wise to the world and assertive as the 29 year old women I've known. By age 29, most women have dated and experienced life enough to know what they want and what they don't want. She has worked and chased her dream career to be a quilter. I expected her character to have it together better. I expected her to have the assertiveness to tell her mother (with respect) to butt out of her romantic life. 
  • This reason is linked to the above reason. Ella is not an assertive person and thus she attracts men who are too assertive, like Mark. 
  • I do not like milky-toast characters. Ella is not a strong character. 
  • Perla showed the dimensional type character I love. I see her negative and positive traits. Through the story she became a believable character, because she is imperfect.