Friday, April 12, 2013

Tapestry Of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg

3.5 Star

Cecilia Ross is looking for a change. She has decided to take time off from her job as a successful motivational speaker and sell her home. She moves in to a beautiful old house in St. Paul, Minnesota, complete with a big front porch, a wild garden, a chef's kitchen-and three roommates. The four women are different ages, but all are feeling restless, and want to take a roadtrip to find again the people and things they miss. One woman wants to connect with a daughter she gave away at birth; another wants to visit her long-absent ex-husband; a third woman, a professional chef, is seeking new inspiration from the restaurants along the way. And Cecilia is looking for Dennis Halsinger, the man she never got over, who recently sent her a postcard out of the blue.

Kathryn - 3.5 Star

Cece’s life isn’t in a happy place- the recent loss of her best friend has left her sad and contemplating what she ought to be doing with the second half of her life. I immediately felt connected to Cece’s thoughts and situation but didn’t feel the warmth I would have expected from her. I truly didn’t see her as a motivational speaker either- this could just be me though.

I was, however, really in the right mood for the idyllic nature of Tapestry of Fortunes. Cece’s move from the house she lived in next door to her lost friend to a house full of women she doesn’t know at all appeared hasty but worked out just fine and everything seemed to flow easily and perfectly into place. Maybe everyone’s life has a moment or two when everything goes just according to plan?  It was nice to drift along with Cece in this perfect progression and I absolutely loved each one of her new roommates- they were realistic and hopeful and certainly what Cece needed to bring her back into the future.  I wish this for us all when we need it the most- great friends who bring clarity!

Cece’s mother was a bit of an odd persona and I’m not sure what her purpose was and how she fit in- especially with her own dating agenda- that was a bit peculiar- but I liked some of the bit players, the little girl on the airplane was extremely colourful- not sure of her purpose in the plot but she was great!

Although I loved the hope, Berg’s writing and even the storyline  I’m not sure I am in love with this book- I enjoyed Tapestry of Fortunes but it didn’t fill me with passion and there lacked main character development and some depth of the back story.

Thank you to Random House for our review copy. All opinions are our own. 

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