Book Review: A Tapestry of Light

Book Review: A Tapestry of Light

About the Book:

Calcutta, 1886.

Ottilie Russell is adrift between two cultures, British and Indian, belonging to both and neither. In order to support her little brother, Thaddeus, and her grandmother, she relies upon her skills in beetle-wing embroidery that have been passed down to her through generations of Indian women.

When a stranger appears with the news that Thaddeus is now Baron Sunderson and must travel to England to take his place as a nobleman, Ottilie is shattered by the secrets that come to light. Despite her growing friendship with Everett Scott, friend to Ottilie’s English grandmother and aunt, she refuses to give up her brother. Then tragedy strikes, and she is forced to make a decision that will take Thaddeus far from death and herself far from home.

But betrayal and loss lurk in England, too, and soon Ottilie must fight to ensure Thaddeus doesn’t forget who he is, as well as find a way to stitch a place for herself in this foreign land.

My Thoughts:

In A Tapestry of Light Kimberly Duffy writes an in-depth and nuanced tale of the intersection of Indian and England through the lives of a single family. This novel is lengthy, which I loved. It dives deeply into life in India allowing you to really live in the setting, before shifting its way across the sea. The characters are beautifully developed and the story tugs at your heartstrings as you follow the journey of Ottilie through valleys deep and far flung lands. A story of hope, faith, struggle, love and overcoming, this book is one I can wholeheartedly recommend.

I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.