The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton - Divorced, middle-aged and ready for a change, Catherine moves to a house in France, sets up a tapestry business, makes new friends and finds herself drawn to one of her neighbors, Patrick Castagnol. But, when her sister Bryony arrives for an extended visit and prances off with Patrick, the French government makes becoming an official business owner difficult, and death marches into her life, Catherine wonders if going home to England might be her best option.
A slow, quiet, beautifully-written book with a touch of romance, some very poignant moments (I cried when she went to talk to her bees, if that means anything to others who've read The Tapestry of Love), plenty of humorous and touchingly realistic moments with Catherine's extended family and a perfectly wrapped-up, satisfying ending.
I stalled at page 200 because I tend to like a more plot-heavy book, but after setting The Tapestry of Love aside for a week, I returned to it and loved the second half.
Recommended for those in a mood to savor carefully-crafted writing, heavy on the senses and slow-paced.
My copy of The Tapestry of Love was a win from Maria at Fly High. My thanks to Maria and the author, Rosy Thornton, who sent me two of her books instead of only my prize win. I'm looking forward to the other title, More Than Love Letters.