Book Review: Tapestry of Fortunes

April 17, 2013 book review, Elizabeth Berg, Random House, road trips, women's fiction, women's friendships 3

Written By: Elizabeth Berg

Published By: Random House

Length: 240 pages

Source: Digital Galley from Edelweiss via publisher

When Cecelia’s best friend dies from cancer, she realizes she must make changes.  She lived next door to her friend and her husband, they did almost everything together.  As he is remarrying and moving she is seeking answers to her next move.  Her job as a motivational speaker is rewarding, but she’s tired and doesn’t really need the money.  When her mother suggests three women looking for a new roommate, she decides to check it out.  What Cece finds is an old beautiful home full of warmth and support, and a place for her to make those changes she wants.  It’s also close to a Hospice facility her friend had considered moving into.  She had told Cece it would be a great place for her to volunteer. 

With the encouragement of her new friends Cece is surprised to find herself longing to reconnect with an old friend, Dennis Halsinger, a man she once loved, who has sent her a picture and rekindled something of a fire inside her.  A road trip is planned, one that will take each woman on more than just a geographical journey, but an emotional discovery as well.

I must admit I am a long time fan of Elizabeth Berg, when I discovered her books nearly 15 years ago, I began with the newer books, and then read the older ones, and each subsequent novel with eager anticipation.  I also admit there were a few bumps along the way, less pleasure, but this one dear readers, oh this book takes me back to the feeling I had when reading THE YEAR OF PLEASURES , a book that spoke to my soul and made me hate to put the book down.

Cece is likely about my age, not married, no children, a free spirit.  She’s given her life to her work, and her best friend.  Losing her rocks her world.  She’s spent endless hours shopping and collecting things, too many things.  One thing has stayed steady in her life, memories of her childhood and her mother’s friend who could read tea leaves and tarot cards and derived other mystical answers to life’s questions.  She doesn’t strike me as a person who would put stock in such things, but it’s a quirky and private part of who Cece is.

The women she moves in with are all independent women who are currently all single, working and with doubting questions about moving forward.  Why does it always seem our past tells our future, and how do we change it?

Cece’s experience with Hospice is beautiful, not sad and heart wrenching as some might think.  Hospice is respectful and about peace.  Having just had my own encounter with hospice and my dad’s passing, it brought a smile to my face when reading these passages.

I know not everyone will have he same experience I had with Tapestry of Fortunes, but I did love this book.  I’ve given it 5 out of 5 stars, and I highly recommend it.  It’s a quick read….one it took me a couple days to get over and begin a new book. 

3 Responses to “Book Review: Tapestry of Fortunes”

  1. Sandy Nawrot

    Mary Beth Whalen was raving about this book not long ago and I’ve had it in the front of my brain ever since. I have to see where I can get it…audio?

  2. Zibilee

    I have this one, and hope to read it soon. I love these kinds of books, where everything is gentle, and there is a feeling of love coming from the pages. Berg is an incredible author, and I am so glad that you loved this one. I am now really eager to begin it. Magical review today. I really enjoyed it!

  3. Pam

    This book is sitting on my bedside table just waiting for me to finish my current book. I, too, love Berg and have read ALL her books. As an aspiring Hospice Volunteer and Nurse, I’m even more excited to get to it now that you mention Hospice plays role in the story. Can’t wait.

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