Aug 05, 2020
The Tapestry of Love
Posted by Rosy Thornton

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 C vennes mountains With her divorce in the past and her children grown, she is free to make a new start, and her dreamA 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 C vennes 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 place when you re no longer just here on holiday There is French bureaucracy to contend with, not to mention the mountain weather, and the reserve of her neighbours, including the intriguing Patrick Castagnol And that s before the arrival of Catherine s sister, Bryony

  • Title: The Tapestry of Love
  • Author: Rosy Thornton
  • ISBN: 9780755345564
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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


    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 happy solitude away in some French countryside up in t [...]

    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 C vennes 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 Castagnol Catherine can be admired for her decision to be [...]

    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 C vennes mountains Divorced and with her children grown, she is free to make a new start, and set up in business as a seamstress But this is a harsh and lonely place when you re no [...]

    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 than once but here goes with my thoughts about the book.The beautiful cover art, caught my attention immedi [...]


    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 bookstores because I thoroughly enjoyed it.Catherine was an i [...]


    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 cracks and I didn t end up ordering a copy immediately Bu [...]


    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 I live in Italy is not the harsh lonely place that th [...]


    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 very tedious for me to get through Most of the book to me [...]

    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 could picture the setting vividly, but unfortunately [...]

    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 against her underlying guilt at leaving her old life behind [...]


    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 follow certain patterns that are strange to her And the ra [...]

    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 feel totally at home in the mountains in Cevennes Rosy writes [...]


    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 return to a place she remembers enjoying from her chil [...]


    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 my self wanting much interaction between Catherine and P [...]


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    When Catherine leaves England to settle in the C vennes 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 neighbor, the handsome and mysterious Patrick, Catheri [...]


    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.

    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 painted white with splotches of greenery around it.The bo [...]


    Following her divorce, 48 years old Catherine Parkstone settles down in a tiny but picturesque French village in the C vennes 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, the mysterious Patrick Castagnol.The Tapestry of Lov [...]

    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 half that we should move to the country and find a sim [...]

    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 the reader straight into the C vennes mountain region of France [...]


    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 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 space shuttle Ok that last one is just me In The Tapestry of Love by [...]


    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 of her work.The Tapestry of Love is the story of Catherine Parkstone, a forty eight year old div [...]

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    Some stories start out strong, capturing a reader s attention from the first few pages, while others build slowly, taking their time to weave a story through detailed descriptions and careful character development As one could guess from its title, The Tapestry of Love is very much one of the latter types of stories Rosy Thornton s deliberate layering of setting and character create a languid story that is as French in its meandering as it is in its set location Do not let this description fool [...]


    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 s the blurb on the back A rural idyll that s what Cath [...]


    Reviewed for BookPleasures A Cozy Reader s Corner ReviewsWith her children grown, her divorce behind her and her future ahead, Catherine is ready for a fresh start With a plan and a dream of a new life, Catherine leaves England to move to the rural and idyllic French town in the Cevennes Mountains Her dream of starting her own tapestry business is in her sights Though Catherine has fond memories of the holidays she once spent in these French mountains, she soon discovers not everything is as idy [...]

    Sam Still Reading

    First of all, I want to tell you that this book was sent to me by the author for review thank you Rosy I was pleased to see when I opened the package that Penny Vincenzi, one of my favourite authors, had given her praise for Rosy s books.The cover of this book is so lovely and relaxing the promise of an escape to the French countryside, something I m sure that all of us have thought of doing at one time or the other even those of us on the other side of the world That s what this book is relaxin [...]


    At forty nine Catherine Parkstone is having a fresh start in her life She has been divorced for eight years and her two children are now grown and on their own So Catherine does what many people long to do She sells her home in England, moves to a tiny hamlet in the Cevennes mountains of France and sets up a business as a seamstress It sounds perfect.But adjusting to life in her rural idyll isn t as easy as she had thought it would be Days can be lonely, neighbours tend to keep to themselves and [...]

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