|A Tapestry of Secrets|
Perla Phillips has carried a secret for over sixty years. When she sees her granddaughter, Ella, struggling in life, Perla decides to share her story—then suffers a debilitating stroke before she can do so. As Ella and her aunt begin to look into her grandmother’s past, they’ll learn more than they expected about Perla, faith, and each other.
A Tapestry of Secrets is the third novel following the lives and generations of the Phillips family. Taking place in 2008, we have Perla dealing with health issues, her relationship with her daughter Sadie is strained, and her granddaughter Ella is experiencing the letdowns of love and life. Deciding to finally reveal the secret of who Sadie’s biological father is after all these years, Perla is devastated by the aftermath of a stroke. Author Sarah Loudin Thomas does an exceptional job of putting us in Perla’s mind as she deals with a body that has imprisoned her with a secret she has longed to share with her daughter and the wisdom learned from that long ago sin that could help her granddaughter.
We also are privy to Ella’s viewpoint as she longs for a husband and children of her own yet running from a possible violent ex fiancé. As Ella returns home she meets two possible suitors. One a pastor and the other an enigma who she fears would love her family more than her. This is a story of sharing past mistakes to help the next generation, of letting go of the things that hold us back, and of finding out that all that really matters is the treasure that will be found in heaven only.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and watching each generation come to fruition and that we get Perla’s insight in each book. The only thing I would have liked was to have the love of her life, Casewell, be there with her. This is a bittersweet tale of the ties that bind families together.
I received a copy for an honest review from Bethany House Publishers and the opinions are my own.