Monday, April 29, 2013

Julie's Review: Tapestry of Fortunes

Summary: In this superb new novel by the beloved author of Open House, Home Safe, and The Last Time I Saw You, four women venture into their pasts in order to shape their futures, fates, and fortunes. Cecilia Ross is a motivational speaker who encourages others to change their lives for the better. Why can’t she take her own advice? Still reeling from the death of her best friend, and freshly aware of the need to live more fully now, Cece realizes that she has to make a move—all the portentous signs seem to point in that direction. She downsizes her life, sells her suburban Minnesota home and lets go of many of her possessions. She moves into a beautiful old house in Saint Paul, complete with a garden, chef’s kitchen, and three housemates: Lise, the home’s owner and a divorced mother at odds with her twenty-year-old daughter; Joni, a top-notch sous chef at a first-rate restaurant with a grade A jerk of a boss; and Renie, the youngest and most mercurial of the group, who is trying to rectify a teenage mistake. These women embark on a journey together in an attempt to connect with parts of themselves long denied. For Cece, that means finding Dennis Halsinger. Despite being “the one who got away,” Dennis has never been far from Cece’s thoughts.

Review: I am happy that Alice led me to Ms. Berg's novels. Tapestry of Fortunes is my 2nd novel of hers that I've read and I enjoyed it. I closed the novel with a warmed heart and a need to go on a road trip with my girlfriends.

We are introduced to Cecelia (CeCe) after the death of her best friend, Penny. She is lost and rearranges her life to find herself again. She finds herself living with a group of women who have their own issues to resolve and reconcile. It is through each other that they face their fears and begin to move on.

Tapestry of Fortunes is a novel about letting go and just being. It is about reconciling your past and moving towards your future. Is your future in your past? Or had that road been closed?

It is a short and quick read but one that does have important messages. If you are a fan of Elizabeth Berg's novels, then you won't want to miss this one.

Final Take: 3.75/5


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