5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2009
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.
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!
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 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: The Ultimate.
Status: Keeper shelf