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Friday, July 1, 2016

A Tapestry of Secrets

I had not realized that I read a book in this series of three books, until I looked it up on my blog. Book two is reviewed here, but I must say that book three is every bit as compelling and engaging as book two. Sarah Loudin Thomas does not write fluffy books without a serious thought to them. Her writing is deep, thoughtful, and completely fascinating. Again, while this is part of a series, this book can stand alone. I did not feel lost in figuring out what the past plots were.

Perla has had a stroke and Ella's parents call her to come home to help with her grandmother. Since Ella's career is making art-quilts, she can do that anywhere, and right now she needs a way out of Craggy Mount and to get away from Mark Arrington. This is the perfect solution. The only fly in the ointment is her Aunt Sadie, a rather domineering person who thinks Perla should go to a rehab center/nursing home. Ella wants her grandmother at home where things are familiar and comfortable.

When Ella comes home, she comes also to her home church where a developer is wanting to build a hunting lodge and wants to buy the ground the church sits on. Ella can't let go of the history that church represents to her and truly doesn't want to see the church pushed out by the developer.

Perla's issues go much farther back in that Sadie was born outside of wedlock and Perla wants to tell Ella and Sadie the story and make a full disclosure about that time in her life, what that meant to her, and how she rose above it. Perla was ready to tell Sadie some time ago, but Sadie was not in a position to hear her mother. Now she wants to know, but she also wants to meet the other relatives involved.

Except for Sadie wanting to put Perla away (so to speak), Ella and Sadie are almost two peas in the same pod for wanting to know more of the family history.

Sarah has also worked into this story a bit of romance, but it is not apparent at the beginning which boy will get the girl! I LOVE that. I love the way she has worked all the plot details together so that it comes together in a savory whole. This is a five star book, two thumbs up, and an art quilt to hang on your wall.

My thanks to Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book.

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