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A Tapestry of Secrets

(Appalachian Blessings #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  279 ratings  ·  100 reviews
This Decade-Spanning Novel of Family and Faith Will Delight
Now in her eighties, Perla Phillips has carried a secret since she was eighteen years old. When she sees her granddaughter, Ella, struggling for perfection, she decides to share her secret to show that God can use even the biggest mistakes for good. But before she can reveal what happened during that summer sixty
Paperback, 296 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Bethany House Publishers
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Jul 05, 2016 added it
This is the third book of the West Virginia series by Sarah Loudin Thomas. She gives the reader a juicy slice of mountain life in West Virginia. The latest one follows Ella as she moves back home to help out with her grandmother, Perla, following Perla’s stroke. Ella has a history with a wrong-for-her man who continues to pursue her, to her chagrin. It doesn’t help that Ella’s mother seems unable to listen to her daughter about the need to be away and done with this selfish lawyer. Finally we le ...more
Laura Henderson
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good job in keeping me in suspense. Figured it out in the middle of the book. It was an interesting book. It was well written.
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I love a well written family and generational story and that’s exactly what Sarah Loudin Thomas’ Appalachian Blessings Series is. While each one is a stand alone novel, reading them all just adds a few more bonuses and layers to the story. And as I loved the first two in the series, I enjoyed this one as well!

This whole series has completed captivated me. I love Thomas’ writing style and the lives she drew me into. With A Tapestry of Secrets, I especially loved the character development. Ella is
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sarah is my go to author when I am looking for a novel that has me thinking very deep thoughts of my own life. And this book lived up to her reputation. I have done a bit of basic quilting, but nothing as elaborate as what Ella tackles. And yet, in my mind's eye I was able to visualize exactly what she was trying to accomplish. I am one of these people who knows my heritage, mostly because both my parents were interested, but also because we were a close family. To be in the situation that Sadie ...more
Diana Montgomery
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a first for me of this author but it will not be the last. This is book 3 in the Appalachian Blessings series. I missed on the first two but I plan to go back and read those. Wonderful strong well written characters. The book was a page flipper I read it in one setting. Right must be really good that is 296 pages of awesomeness. The author kept the story going and you didn't want to put it down. Long pass hidden secrets in the family have finally taken a toll on Perla. She must tell her ...more
Once Upon a Romance Reviews
Reviewed by Eva
Sexual Content: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content: Mild
Violent Content: Minimal

This is a book in a series of stories about Appalachia, but I do not believe it is necessary to have read the prior books to appreciate a good story. I did not read the earlier books and did not have problems grasping the characters or understanding the town and its history. At the center of this book is Perla, grandmother to Ella. Perla suffered a stroke, just as she was attempting to provide a
Kelly Bridgewater
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
A Tapestry of Secrets is my first introduction to Sarah Loudin Thomas's writing. I'm not a big fan of Southern fiction or contemporary fiction in general, but this book was on sale, so I picked it up. Thomas is a master at creating a story with empathic characters. I really enjoyed following the characters around and watching their past come to the front and center of the story. Everyone has made mistakes in their past, and how we deal with it in the future is the most important thing. I felt ba ...more
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-review
A Tapestry of Secrets (Appalachian Blessings Book #3) by [Thomas, Sarah Loudin]I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Before I go into my review, I feel I need to say that I have not read the previous two books in this series. Having said that, I don't feel like I need to. The characters in this book are so rich, I began to understand them easily.

Perla and Ella have lives that are intertwined. Perla is Ella's grandmother and experiences two strokes. Each had her fac
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written book about the secret Perla Phillips has kept hidden. Her
daughter and granddaughter try to find out about the past and fear it may
be too late since Perla’s stroke. The tale spans generations and weaves
the stories of two women together and examines the struggle of love,
faith. and choices that shape their lives. I recommend this story. It is a
tale of love and forgiveness as well as an easy enjoyable read.
Tracie Berghaus
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't realize this was part of a series. It was a quick read, enjoyable characters and the story moved along nicely. I'd be tempted to go back and read the earlier books in the series.
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Tapestry Of Secrets by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a contemporary Christian romance. It is the third book in the Appalachian Blessings series but can be read as a stand-alone.
I really enjoyed A Tapestry Of Secrets. It had a real feel good factor to it with God and family at the very heart.
Perla has a secret. A secret she has kept since 1948 and now she wants to share it. The novel shows how secrets can be a real burden. They can drag us down with their weight. It is always better to deal with the t
Mary Early
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Although the book is entitled a Tapestry of Secrets, I found only one secret that served as the focus of the story line. Perla, a woman in her seventies, had tried at one time to reveal to her daughter Sadie the identify of her biological father. Sadie, however, had refused to hear what her mother wanted to tell her because the father she knew and loved was the man Perla had married when Sadie was five or six years old. Perla decides that she will try again to reveal the secret; but before she c ...more
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Once again, this author has transported me to the heart of Appalachia. A Tapestry of Secrets is primarily a contemporary novel, yet there are flashbacks to Perla’s youth. Perla is a character that readers met earlier in the series, yet if you have not read the other books, I believe that A Tapestry of Secrets does give enough information to act as a stand alone novel. I have read all of the books in the series and loved reconnecting with several characters from earlier novels.

There are really tw
Joann Marks
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with the "family" in this book a year ago when I read the first book in the "Appalachian Blessing" series. Each character has their own uniqueness, yet they are grounded in the same place. "A Tapestry of Secrets" brings together answers to questions left lingering. However, it is not necessary to read the two previous books to fully enjoy this one, but why wouldn't you want to?

Seeing Perla much older and suffering through not just one but two strokes was difficult (hav
Regina Slusher
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"A Tapestry of Secrets" is one of best books I've ever had the pleasure of reading. I'm sad to see this series end. I've come to love each character in these books. Sarah, has such a wonderful way of making each character she writes about special in their own way. You feel like you're on this journey called life with them. This book explores real issues we've all faced at sometime in our own life.

Perla had an illness that prevented her from being able to verbally express what was in her heart a
Susan Snodgrass
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Loudin Thomas once again takes us back to Appalachia to visit with the Phillips family. This time it's Perla and Casewell's granddaughter Ella, whose story this mostly is.
I loved everything about this book. I've loved this family since the very first book, A Miracle in a Dry Season.

Thomas weaves the story seamlessly throughout the time periods of 1054-2009, giving the reader a treat at knowing such a wonderful family and the inhabitants of the area as well. A very well written novel from
Alice Stanford
Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it
One of those stories which is like a warm mug of hot chocolate-sweet and satisfying.
It's a fairly slow paced read, but interesting enough to keep you turning the pages.
Ella, an artist, has returned to her home town to look after her nan, who is recovering from a stroke. Perla, her nan is desperate to share a secret that has plagued her for years, but now finds herself unable to do so.
This book is worth the read, although not as enjoyable as earlier books in the series, it good conclusion to the
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sweet & enjoyable book about Perla Phillips, an elderly woman with a secret she wants to share but is prevented from doing so by an unexpected occurrence. The other main character is Perla's granddaughter, Ella, who is trying to recover from a broken relationship. When the two are reunited, the both learn how to help each other in the way God wants them to do.

This is book #3 in this series but since it had been over 2 years since I read #2, it took me a bit to recall the back story. You do
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love the synopsis of this book that's what 1st pulled me in, as well as the cover of the book & you have gotta know that the font on this book is raised, I love that when that happens!!! So So cool!!! It is the small details in a real hand held book. I miss those affects when I read so many books on my kindle. This cover makes me think of so many family quilts I do own & also the ones my hubby owns from his family as well. There are 2 names in the book that I just love & it is an a ...more
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very moving 3rd book in the series. I was very interested to read the author's note at the end and learn that this was her first book. I got my request after #2, which was to learn more about Sadie. I like the themes of home and finding yourself as well as love and faith. Oh, and I want to see the quilts!
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I greatly enjoyed this continuation of the series with the interesting and very appealing, to me, regional background and different pace of life in two time frames. This was another book that was difficult to put down.
Leigh Ann
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was excellent, there were several story lines going around several characters, and I loved them all, it kept me reading!
Teresa Merriman
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!!
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this, simple plot but full of inspirational messages. Truly, God works in wondrous ways.
ken somerset
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Third time is truly a charm in this series. Issues from the first book are still present but will all be worked out to the glory of the Lord without being religious. This series tells the story of a family in a often forget part of the country. Ms. Thomas does a great job of dispelling myths about people from the Appalachian mountains, shows us pastors are people to, sometimes we have to look deep inside yourself to find out true calling in life and that the Lord will save lawyers also
Yvette (bookworlder)
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
Appalachian stories have long held an appeal for me, and on finally reading one of Sarah Loudin Thomas' Appalachian Blessings novels I was delighted to find a well crafted multi-generational story that incorporates themes of family, faith, and coming to terms with the past.

Though the main female character is Ella, who comes home partly to get away from an ex-boyfriend only to find two new romantic possibilities, I was particularly delighted with her Grandmother Perla. Perla comes to the conclusi
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had not realized that I read a book in this series of three books, until I looked it up on my blog. Book two is reviewed here, but I must say that book three is every bit as compelling and engaging as book two. Sarah Loudin Thomas does not write fluffy books without a serious thought to them. Her writing is deep, thoughtful, and completely fascinating. Again, while this is part of a series, this book can stand alone. I did not feel lost in figuring out what the past plots were.

Perla has had a
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
My favorite type of series includes an ongoing story that crosses from one generation into the next. The Appalachian Blessing series does that in a beautifully stirring way. The first book, Miracle in a Dry Season, introduced us to Perla Long and her daughter Sadie as they arrive in Wise, West Virginia. Perla wants to live a quiet life and raise her daughter but winds up instead leaving her mark on everyone within miles, especially Casewell Phillips.

The second novel, Until the Harvest, shifted t
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
When Ella's grandmother has a stroke and needs in-home care, quilt artist Ella is happy to volunteer both to help Gran, and to escape Mark, her ethically-challenged overbearing ex-fiance. Here she spends time with her parents, and with Aunt Sadie, who never married.

The story is told in two points of view, in two separate timelines. The present timeline is mostly Ella's story, with some scenes from Gran, Perla. But the stroke has affected Perla's ability to speak, which means she can't share the
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've been following this beautiful family series, Appalachian Blessings, since the prequel novella. Now, in A Tapestry of Secrets, we come full circle, as Ella Phillips, Perla's granddaughter, returns to Wise to help care for Perla after she suffers a stroke.

Perla has decided that it's time she reveals the full story of her own past to her daughter Sadie, and to Ella, in hopes that they will learn from her mistake and experience. Sadie needs to know the truth about her father, and Perla feels th
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I’m a Christian, wife, fundraiser and writer living near Asheville, NC. I grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV. I used to say “rural WV,” but realized that’s largely redundant. I LOVE my home state and the fact that I’m the seventh generation to grow up on the family farm. My love of the Appalachian Mountains informs my writing. I want you to be as wild about these hazy, blue mountains a ...more

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