The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton

The Tapestry of Love

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 Cévennes 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 p...

Details The Tapestry of Love

TitleThe Tapestry of Love
Release DateAug 24th, 2018
PublisherHeadline Review
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Cultural, France, Romance, Contemporary

Reviews The Tapestry of Love

  • Aditi
    We often catch ourselves day-dreaming of that idyllic life up in some quiet countryside, spending our days either by farming in the gardens or reading by the brook- an ideal getaway away from the bustling of the city life! An English author, named, Rosy Thornton, has once again allowed us to think about our guilty pleasure of getting away from our bustling life once and for all. The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton is a poignant combination of ...
  • CLM
    Very enjoyable, especially the food descriptions. Thornton does not seem to be published in the US so it is a pity I didn't read this before my recent trip to England.
  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    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 Cévennes 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 Cas...
  • Amy Meyer
    Title: The Tapestry of LoveAuthor: Rosy ThorntonISBN: 978-0-7553-4557-1Pages: 352Release Date: October 14, 2010Publisher: Headline Book PublishingGenre: Contemporary FictionRating: 4.5 out of 5Summary: A rural idyll: that's what Catherine Parkstone is seeking when she sells her house in England and moves to a tiny hamlet in the Cévennes mountains. Divorced and with her children grown, she is free to make a new start, and set up in business as a ...
  • Yvonne (Fiction Books)
    "Leaves you with a warm feeling, long after it has ended."Until I started to see the reviews of this book, appearing on various blogs and was then, myself, contacted by the author, I have to admit that Rosy Thornton was not a name I was familiar with.So many of you have already written some fantastic reviews about this book, that I fear many of the superlative adjectives have been expressed more than once ... but here goes with my thoughts about ...
  • Kirsty
    When Rosy Thornton contacted me via my blog to ask if I'd like to review her book, I wasn't sure whether to accept at first. This is not the kind of novel that I usually read and to be honest I probably wouldn't have picked this up in a bookstore, but I decided to give it a chance because I do like reading about other countries and it has had some great reviews. Having read it, it's clear that I need to re-think how I choose my books in bookstore...
  • Angie
    I ran across my first reference to THE TAPESTRY OF LOVE over on The Zen Leaf and immediately wanted to read it after coming across Amanda's comment:It was warm, comforting, and homey, and the prose was beautiful without ever jarring me.That described exactly the kind of book I was in the mood for at the time. By a new-to-me UK author. And set in the French countryside? I wanted it. I wanted it now. Unfortunately, it somehow slipped through the cr...
  • LindyLouMac
    I loved this, uncomplicated, I mean this in a very complimentary way, contemporary women's literature at its best. This was such a fun read that transported me to an idyllic, well almost, life style abroad, in this case the Cevennes mountains at the southern end of the Massif Central in France. The kind of life style abroad that I know many of us dream of and some of us are even lucky enough to be given the opportunity to experience. While where ...
  • Xenia
    This is a good book, but I do have mixed feelings about it. I loved the setting in rural France. I loved the Catherine character and I am always excited for any woman who is brave enough to start a whole new chapter of her life in another country. Descriptions of places, actions and things certainly makes a story come alive, but in this book the author goes way overboard with it for my liking. The endless descriptions in detail made this book ver...
  • Lydia Laceby
    Originally Reviewed at Novel EscapesThe Tapestry of Love was a richly drawn read about starting over amidst uncertainty. I loved the premise along with the novelty of a story set in France, but unfortunately, I wasn't as drawn into the story as I wanted to be. The details about the area, the terrain and neighbours was initially fascinating, but my interest soon waned as it continued throughout much of the first half of the novel. As a positive, I...
  • Elizabeth Ashworth
    I've read all of Rosy Thornton's previous books and it's been interesting to watch her journey as a writer. Although I enjoyed the others I thought that this was something special - there was a confidence and maturity about the writing that moved it from good to really very good indeed.The character of Catherine Parkstone was captured so well that I feel I really know this woman - I understand her emotions, her desire to begin a new life set agai...
  • Laurel-Rain
    Catherine Parkestone has embarked upon a new life. Having lived in England through most of her life, she still has memories of time spent in the French countryside. So buying an old house near a small village in France seems like the perfect step in her life. And for her desire to begin her business of soft furnishings--needlepoint, tapestries, etc.At first, the local farmers and others who surround her seem foreign and different. Their lives fol...
  • Lucie Wheeler
    Before I read this book, I did not know who Rosy Thornton was. I had not read any of her previous books so I have read this with fresh eyes. My personal taste, I love romance. This is my all time favourite genre; and this book is not quite the romance I thought it was so I felt a little disappointed. But as I said - that is just my personal taste. The book is very well written and instantly catapults the reader into the French countryside. You fe...
  • Serena
    Rosy Thornton‘s The Tapestry of Love follows 48-year-old Catherine Parkstone as she makes her way through the French countryside after leaving her home in England following her divorce. She has bought Les Fenils in the Cevennes Mountains where she gets to know her quirky neighbors and learns how to navigate an unfamiliar culture with her amateur French-speaking skills. Her initial plans are to establish a business as a needlewoman, but also to ...
  • Lynn
    I had a hard time rating this book; it's probably 3 plus stars. I would give it 4 plus stars because the writing is superb in many ways especially the author's description of life in rural France(Cevennes); however,this is supposed to be a romance but that aspect takes such a subtle background to the story that I kept wondering when it was going to happen? And then the love interest does something that makes me very, very, angry. I really found m...
  • Mary
    You can read my review here
  • Hilary
  • Heather
    When Catherine leaves England to settle in the Cévennes mountains, she's hoping for a simple and rustic life. Surrounded by the dense woods and the idyllic mountains, her neighbors immediately adopt her into their community. From the older couple who share her land and help her with the maintenance of her property to the older widow who enlists Catherine to help her into town, Catherine is at once enveloped in France. But when she meets another ...
  • Maria
    I really wanted to like this book, I truly did. However, when I began to read it, I instantly knew that this book wasn't going to keep me on my toes. I found that the storyline of Catherine was quite boring, and much too predictable. I knew that Patrick wasn't interested in her sister, Bryony, from the start, and that Catherine would end up with him in the end. I felt that the relationships in which Catherine had with her neighbours were a bit fl...
  • Teresa
    There were very good descriptive passages but somehow it felt as if it would never get anywhere and I had no interest in the characters who took a whole book to do not very much.
  • AnneMarie Brear
    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Lovely characters.
  • Bhargavi Balachandran
    To me a book is a window into possibilities, people and customs that exist elsewhere –something that I would never have had an opportunity to knowing otherwise. So, when Rosy Thornton mailed me about reviewing her book, The Tapestry of Love, I was thrilled. I had never read a book based in the French countryside before.I fell in love with the book right from the minute I opened the package and set my eyes on the cover of the book: An old door p...
  • Misha Mathew
    Following her divorce, 48 years old Catherine Parkstone settles down in a tiny but picturesque French village in the Cévennes mountains. The story follows Catherine as she acquaints herself with the harsh and beautiful landscape, gets to know her neighbours and experiences a very different way of life from what she has been used to. She plans to set up a business in making tapestries. Catherine finds herself attracted to one particular neighbour...
  • Ana T.
    I had only read one Rosy Thornton book before this one but I enjoyed it so much that, when offered this one by the author, I just couldn't resist. And I am really glad I did so! I find that my reading tastes have changed somehow over the years. Now I seem to appreciate older, mature, characters better. People who have lived and found themselves at a crossroads in life and people who have decided to start over. Since I am always saying to my other...
  • Susan Roebuck
    The Tapestry of Love by Rosy ThorntonThe cover picture on Rosy Thornton’s new novel, The Tapestry of Love, is beautiful – one of the finest I’ve seen, and if there’s a competition for the best or most evocative cover, then this should be entered for it. The picture leaves the reader in no doubt that he/she is going to read about rural France. Yet for all my enthusiasm, it doesn’t do the story justice.This is an outstanding read, pulling...
  • Jael
    "Why did we put it off? We should have had the party last year for our fortieth. But we were busy, and it would have been a bit of work, and we thought fifty might be more of an event. You expect sunny weather to last forever, don't you, somehow? You never expect storm clouds. You think there will always be time." -- Pg. 288We always think we have enough time to do the things we want to. Go on a cross-country adventure, write a novel, ride the sp...
  • Helen
    Before I started to read The Tapestry of Love, I thought it looked and sounded wonderful – but I wasn't sure what I would think of it as it's a bit different from the type of book I usually read. I needn't have worried though, because I thoroughly enjoyed it! I admit that I had previously been unfamiliar with Rosy Thornton and her books, but now that I've been enlightened I would definitely like to read more of her work.The Tapestry of Love is ...
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    Okay, firstly I have to say that I am usually of the ‘trashier the better’ kind of attitude. If I am reading Chick Lit, I love the sleaze and glamour of it all. On the other side of the fence, I love a good crime thriller where we see the regular cop heroes turn up at every given opportunity. However, this book certainly doesn’t fit into the Chick Lit genre and I would be at a loss as to where to place it. It is a ‘real’ book, that’s ...
  • Jessica
    I received this book for free from the publisher. All content and opinions are my own.When Rosy Thornton recently emailed me and asked if I would like a copy of her latest book, The Tapestry of Love, I immediately said yes! I've heard such wonderful things about her other books, especially Crossed Wires, but I've never been able to find copies. So, when The Tapestry of Love arrived, courtesy of Her Majesty's postal service, I dove right in. Here'...