Saturday, August 27, 2016

A Tapestry of Secrets by Sarah Loudin Thomas - REVIEWED

About the Book:
What is the weight of a secret?

And what happens when that burden becomes almost too much to bear?
For decades, Perla Phillips has hidden the truth of a decision that still fills her with guilt. But now, seeing her granddaughter, Ella, struggle in a similar way, she's prepared to finally open the past to her family, no matter the consequences. But when the opportunity is snatched from her in a most unexpected manner, will she have waited too long? 

Spanning generations, this moving family drama weaves together the interlocking stories of two women as they navigate relationships, family, faith, and the choices that will shape their lives. Heartwarming and nostalgic, the story explores the courage to share the wounds of the past and celebrates the legacy a family passes from one generation to the next. 

My Thoughts:
Be content.”  (p. 241)

When Perla Phillips speaks these words to her granddaughter Ella, they are words that have finally settled into her own heart after years of striving.  Perla finally reached a point in life that she wanted to share her heart with her daughters and family, but God had to alter her timing a bit.  Reading Perla’s story is an amazing example of how God uses EVERYTHING for our good and His glory! When circumstance seems to indicate chaos and trouble, look up, because God is up to something amazing!

This story deals with many, many layers of family, community, tradition and misplaces trust in our ability to control and order our lives outside of God’s best for us.  The Phillips family is far from perfect, and they chose to keep secrets that did relational damage over many years.  God’s fingerprints are all over this story as He tenderly brings lives and circumstance in line with His divine plan.

I’ll be honest, I had a sort of love/hate relationship with Ella throughout the story.  She had a hard of gold toward her family but seemed a bit desperate about her marital status.  Unnecessarily  desperate.  She was a hard character  to get to know because of her indecision and immaturity.   The community she became a part of was also uncomfortable familiar in the say they clung to tradition no matter the cost.  The issues surrounding the church – painfully familiar!!

In short, this is a masterfully told story with well-developed characters and universal issues that everyone will relate to on some level!  There are many layers to this story and readers will come away from its pages challenged and changed!

I am very happy to recommend this novel to everyone!!

About the Author:
Sarah Loudin Thomas is a fundraiser for a children's ministry and has written for Mountain Homes Southern Style and Now & Thenmagazines, as well as The Asheville Citizen-Times. She is the author of Miracle in a Dry Season and Until the Harvest. She holds a BA in English from Coastal Carolina University. She and her husband reside in North Carolina. She can be found online at

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