Tapestry – Beth Duke
Twenty-one-year old Skye Willis lives in Eufaula, Alabama, a tourist mecca of stately homes and world-class bass fishing. Her childhood friends are either stuck at dead ends or have moved on to accomplish Big Things.
Skye’s grandmother, Verna, insists on being called “Sparrow” because she suspects her ancestors were Muscogee Creek. She dresses in faux deerskin and experiments with ancient Native American recipes, offering a myth or legend to anyone who will listen.
Skye has no idea what to do with her life. She’s smart as hell, but she has no faith or knowledge there’s something out there she was born to do. Nor does she know much of anything about her father, who died in Afghanistan when she was a toddler. He and his family are a mystery her mother won’t discuss. But when Sparrow sets out to confirm her Creek ancestry through genetic testing, Skye joins in. The results hit like a DNA bomb, launching them both on a path filled with surprises and life-changing events. Skye learns a harder truth than she ever expected.
Alternating chapters between Skye’s Alabama life and an intertwining tale of greed, deceit, and control in Texas, this story offers proof that all life is a woven tapestry of past, present, and future.
I would first like to thank Anne from Random Things Tours for inviting me on the blog tour for this book and providing me with an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. If you would like to check out the other stops on the tour, please check out the details at the bottom of this post.
Tapestry by Beth Duke is set in two places which are close to my heart: Texas and Alabama. This is actually what drew me to this book, and I am so glad that it did because Tapestry is a delightful read. It is a heart-warming story about family and the connections that bind us together; I think we could all benefit from reading more stories such as this one, especially considering current events.
I’ve been taught that life is about people you cherish and pride and joy in what you do every day to make your contribution to the world.” – Beth Duke, Tapestry
There are so many wonderful elements to this book: the characters, the storyline, the relationships, and the emphasis on the importance of history and culture, to name a few. The relationship between Skye and her grandmother brought me to tears multiple times; it is, simply put, beautifully depicted. As I read this book I found myself reminiscing on my own wonderful memories with my grandparents, which I imagine is exactly what the author intended. Duke’s writing is incredibly evocative; the scenes came to life as I was reading and I felt like I could almost taste the wonderful southern food. This book has made me crave an Alabama summer.
“We’re all part of a tapestry bigger than any of us can imagine, weaving in and out and creating a glorious picture. All of us, from the beginning of time.” – Beth Duke, Tapestry
Reading a book that is set in a place that has a special meaning to you is a wonderful experience. For those of you who do not know, I am from Texas and spent part of every summer in Alabama at my family’s farm. Although I live in the UK now, Texas and Alabama have a special place in my heart. Essentially, they are home. Therefore, reading a book that is set in these two places while I am currently not allowed to travel home due to global travel restrictions was an emotional experience. I think this is part of the reason that I connected so well with this book, especially considering the emphasis on family. If you enjoy heart-warming stories about the importance of family then Tapestry is definitely the book for you. Beth Duke is a wonderful author, and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.
“Wealth has nothing to do with money. It’s your family, your friends, the love directed toward you. No one can own the things that hold true meaning.” – Beth Duke, Tapestry
Beth Duke is an Amazon #1 Best Selling author and the recipient of short story awards on two continents. She is eyeing the other five. Beth lives in the mountains of her native Alabama with her husband, one real dog, one ornamental dog, and a flock of fluffy pet chickens.