Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Review: Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg

Tapestry of Fortunes

A wonderful new novel about four women who take a trip into their past, to find again the people they miss, and to reconnect with their fortunes. From the beloved bestselling author of Home Safe and Open House.

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. This novel is classic Elizabeth Berg-a portrait of how women grow through the relationships that define them, and a testament to the power of female friendship.

Berg knows how to write about women for women.  She understands the fragility to female friendship and also the way that women sometimes become quick friends.  In Tapestry of Fortunes Berg writes another beautiful story about looking back and embracing your destiny.  I loved and was frustrated by all the characters for various reasons. Cece was the one to start the chain reaction of taking a trip into her past and she brought her three very different roommates along for the ride.  All of the women needed to search for something in their futures as well, so they embarked on a journey together.  With laughs, tears and empowerment as a reader you get to be the fifth passenger on the trip.  All of the women benefited by becoming friends and all looked into their past to find the answers they needed.  With a voice true to Berg, she shares a story about how somethings your fortune does come true!  3 stars 

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