Tapestry – Beth Duke

5/5

Intro

Beth Duke is ridiculously good at weaving stories together that you know will come together at the end, but you have no idea how or what the fallout will be. Another wonderful book by Beth! 

Synopsis

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.

Review

This book is just divine, and I will not hear anything to the contrary. Beth has outdone herself – I adored ‘It all Comes Back to You’, but this was so different and yet very similar. 

A great story crossing two separate stories, where history, romance and genealogy collide. Skye is wise beyond her years for the most part (I did keep forgetting she was 21), and all the characters were well-written. Sparrow (Skye’s grandmother), is just wonderful and reminded me of my own grandmother in many ways. 

With lots of stories in the news about oil and pipelines etc, it was quite refreshing to see an oil tycoon character who went through a redemption arc. Pete was definitely not one of my favourite characters in the beginning, but by the end, I was happy with decisions he’d made and the path he was on. 

The obvious love matches became not obvious at all, which I loved, and Lisa (Skye’s mother) has a beautiful story that I guessed at but didn’t figure out all the details before I happened upon them. 

A lovely lighthearted tale of why finding out who you are and where you came from is important to know your destination. 

Thanks to Beth Duke and Zooloo’s Book Tours for the opportunity to read this book. I am always grateful. 

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