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Tapestry [Kindle Edition]

Karen Ranney
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen Ranney tells a beauty and the beast story of true love.

Laura Blake has been in love with her next door neighbor, Alex Weston, ever since she was a child. The Seven Years War separated them, however, and in the intervening years, Alex lost his youthful enthusiasm for life while Laura grew into a woman more certain than ever of her feelings. Alex returned home from the war horribly scarred, and it was his attitude about his disfigurement and his resultant reclusive life that posed the greatest threat to their happiness. Laura managed to convince Alex of the power of love, but Fate stepped in and separated them once again.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3287 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037UY6GO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,759 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing. 11 April 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is romance at its finest! TAPESTRY stole my heart. In her opening, Karen Ranney writes, "Laughter can follow tears." AMEN to that!

Divided into two reading sections, Ranney first gives her reader the wonder, the acceptance, the joy of youthful love! And then she thrusts her believing reader into the dark depths of emotional grief. What a phenomenal strategy.

Mini Synopsis:
Laura Blake is an intelligent, lonely child, and she is in love with her neighbor, Dixon Alexander Weston, the Earl of Cardiff. He is her friend, her confident, her knight in shining armor, but most of all Dixon Alexander Weston is Laura Blake's fantasy. When England calls, Alex goes off to war. After all, England is his honor, his duty, his conviction.

Sorrowfully, upon his return, Alex is a changed man. He wants nothing and seeks solitary seclusion. But shrewdly Laura interferes and draws him away from all his self-appointed misery, after all life does go on. One lovely year is what Alex and Laura have together . . . one lovely year spent exploring a youthful, naive love. One year . . . until England calls again . . . calling out to Alex's duty, honor, and undivided courage! And again, Alex offers his service. Once again Dixon Alexander Weston goes off to war!

Reviewer's Comments:
This is romance at its finest, a beautifully written love story. I must confess Karen Ranney's "Tapestry" genuinely stole my heart. Strategically the author delivers a coup d'etat by dividing her story into two books. Book one is the kindling of youthful love -- all the acceptance, the joy, the discovery. Book two is the heart wrenching journey through the seven stages of grief. Plainly, the reader walks with the heroine into the pit of desperation.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  51 reviews
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Less than a FIVE Star will do! 22 Aug 2002
By M. Rondeau - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'd give this 10 stars if I could - this book is sooooooo good! It is absolutely amazing that this is the author's first work! You start off with a young lady, the Lady Laura Blake, to be exact who is bound and determined to get to see the man she has loved her whole life since the age of 10.
Alex, the Earl of Cardiff, has come home from the war, after an absence of four years - horribly disfigured from a terrible accident. So disfigured that even with a mask covering most of his face, even his servants dare not look him in his one good eye. Posing as a country bred gal, she is hired as a kitchen worker in Heddon Hall - not that she knows anything of what goes on in a kitchen - but she eventually gets to serve him his meal and little by little she worms her way into becoming his reader, while a permanent secretary is sought. He does not recognize the hero worshipping neighbor, who was 12 years old when he left for war. It has some humourous parts as she proves to Alex that she does not pity but loves him completely and he does come to believe it with his whole heart.
The betrayals and the anguish of the reality of life is what the second part of the book is all about, and this is what, in my opinion make this book so great. The characters are written with such human feeling, they are multi-dimensional. Laura,shows the strength when her whole world seems to fall apart and disintegrate in her face, between betrayals and loss. You best have some hankies near by to gather in both fists, because you'd have to be made of stone not to cry.
Fabulous book - a gem of a 'classic' and one to re-read over and over! Find a copy at all costs!
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EMOTION-CHURNING 'BEAUTY & THE BEAST' LOVEFEST.............! 18 Dec 1999
By Elera Tempest - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I read the title & synopsis, I knew this novel'll be a 1st-rate weeper. But I was positively astonished by how highly-charged it turned out to be. Even the cover says it all, a dark-haired hero wearing a mask & a glove gazing somberly at the angelic heroine. What a pair ! The 1st half of the book is amusing & delightful. Infatuated since childhood, Laura dressed up as a grubby maid to win Alex's shielded heart and - thanks to her adoring uncles - managed to enrage & charm Alex with her constant & indiscriminate devotion. The 2nd half is almost too painful to read (don't get me wrong, I consumed the book in 1 sitting), as Alex was called to war again & tragedy struck in the hardest way imaginable. The ending is too wonderful - not the usual 'all is well' - to describe, tears & laughters included & wrapped up in a 380-page package. I was so impressed by this incredibly moving keeper that I went on a mission to collect all of her titles from the Auctions & so far 6 Ranney PBs have proudly graced my shelf. What the heck, go buy yourself a xmas gift & share it with your friends afterwards !
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A True Love Story! 8 Aug 2004
By Blu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I admit being moved to tears several times throughout this book. Karen Ranney has a talent for transforming a simple romance into an endearing love story.

I've read several romances that lay claim to a "scarred" hero but the extent of the scars may be nothing more than a limp or a single scar running along the side of the hero's face. I must admit that when I first read the full extent of Alex's scarring - I was shocked to the point of almost not reading the rest of the book. In my shallowness, I couldn't fathom how the heroine could possibly look past his numerous disfigurements to see the man beneath the "monster". That's when I discovered that "Tapestry" is more than a romance - it is a story about love - pure love. By the end of the book, I had fallen in love with Alex myself.

Why didn't I give it a 5 star rating? I tend to save this rating for books I would read again and again. Although this was a beautiful story illustrating the power and endurance of love - there were times when it was heartwrenching in its sorrow evoking very strong feelings of grief and loss that I care not visit again any time soon.

Romance, laughter, pain and loss - still love abounds in this masterpiece!!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ranney's 1st published book, What a Debut!. 14 Mar 2004
By MaryGrace Meloche - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is romance at its finest! TAPESTRY stole my heart. In her opening, Karen Ranney writes, "Laughter can follow tears." AMEN to that!

Divided into two sections, Ranney first gives her reader the wonder, the acceptance, the joy of youthful love! And then she thrusts her believing reader into the dark depths of emotional grief. What a phenomenal strategy.

Mini Synopsis:
Laura Blake is an intelligent, lonely child, and she is in love with her neighbor, Dixon Alexander Weston, the Earl of Cardiff. He is her friend, her confident, her knight in shining armor, but most of all Dixon Alexander Weston is Laura Blake's fantasy. When England calls, Alex goes off to war. After all, England is his honor, his duty, his conviction.

Sorrowfully, upon his return, Alex is a changed man. He wants nothing and seeks solitary seclusion. But shrewdly Laura interferes and draws him away from all his self-appointed misery, after all life does go on. One lovely year is all Alex and Laura have together . . . one angelical year spent exploring their youthful, naive love. One year . . . until England calls again . . . calling out to Alex's duty, honor, and undivided courage! And again, Alex offers his service. Once again Dixon Alexander Weston goes off to war!

Reviewer's Comments:
This is romance at its finest, a beautifully written love story. I must confess Karen Ranney's "Tapestry" genuinely stole my heart. Strategically the author delivers a coup d'etat by dividing her story into two books. Book one is the kindling of youthful love -- all the acceptance, the joy, the discovery. Book two is the heart wrenching journey through the seven stages of grief. Plainly, the reader walks with the heroine into the pit of desperation. But in the end, Ranney takes her story and her reader and like the phoenix she rises them from these ashes of despair.

TAPESTRY was Karen Ranney's debut book and what an entry into the romance field! Simply put, TAPESTRY is a mesmerizing read. It flows with strong emotion, torment, and glorious triumph. Unfortunately, it is currently out of print and yes it is very hard to find. But do look for it! Karen Ranney wrote a very special love story; a book written around lasting memories; a book that will never leave my keeper shelf!

Rating: A+ (they don't come much better).
Sensuality: Beautiful smoldering passion.
Status: Keeper shelf

MaryGrace Meloche.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally wringing; Highly romantic 14 May 2008
By April - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Lady Laura Blake has had an unusual upbringing, orphaned young and raised by her loving uncles, learning everything from crop management to politics, but her education has left her unprepared to be a scullery maid. She poses as one to enter the house of her one true love: Alex, now the Earl of Cardiff, but formerly a second-son and naval officer who was horribly injured in a battle of the Seven Years War (1756-63), and is living a life of self-isolation. He wears a black mask and glove and even so, his servants fear to look at him. Laura was a young, worshipful teen when Alex left, and though she would never forget him, he doesn't recognize her as the incompetent new servant girl.

Although there are elements of the fantastic, these characters are not caricatures, but well-drawn, multi-dimensional and sensible. Alex shows aspects of the typical wounded male, but does not want to lash out or retreat roaring to his den... he would have dealt with his injuries if they didn't affect everyone who sees them--even hidden by his mask-- so adversely. Laura is also careful of her approach, knowing that she has taken a terrible risk that will likely back-fire. She knows she is fighting for her very life, as well as his.

This is a richly detailed story, spanning years; containing historical detail and warfare, social and political commentary, and lush love scenes and heart-breaking tragedy and loss. The Romance is loving and deep and often terribly bittersweet. No punches are pulled, rather they are sometimes made more hard-hitting than one can stand, if only to show how much, how deeply, some people can love. Alex's wounds are not ornamental scars. Nor are Laura's. Somehow, love triumphs, but in a way that is so very sad as well as beautiful. It's not a tale for those who only want light-hearted romps. But if you want a sometimes wonderful, sexy and fun romance, but also a total tear-jerker that you will never forget, this book is for you.
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