Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tapestry of Fortunes

If you like and are familiar with bestselling author Elizabeth Berg's books, you will like Tapestry of Fortunes. If you have not read her works, this book is a good place to start.

The tapestry of fortunes is woven from the lives of four women, sharing a home and friendships. Each is at a different age and stage of life. Each is undergoing or considering a life change. Through their regular daily life together and while they are on a "road trip", they form deeper bonds with each other, learn new truths about themselves, and open themselves to new friendships and to love.

Some specifics of this particular Elizabeth Berg novel include a Minneapolis setting, gracious older homes and gardens, cooking, quilting, fortune telling, delightful minor characters, and the pleasures of the road trip. Some readers' reviews indicate that Tapestry of Fortunes is a quicker and lighter reading experience than some of Berg's prior works and, while I agree, it is still a reading treat.

Elizabeth Berg writes beautifully of women, friendship, love death, and new life. The details of setting add to the mood she creates. Her characters are interesting and well described. This book, as are her others, is quick and easy to read, yet it is textured with a depth of life experience and emotion that leave the reader thinking and feeling after reading is done. 

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