Shamelessly stolen from Rosy's website: A rural idyll: that's what Catherine Parkstone is seeking when she sells her house in England and moves to a tiny hamlet in the Cévennes mountains. Divorced and with her children grown, she is free to make a new start, and set up in business as a seamstress. But this is a harsh and lonely place when you're no longer just on holiday, and Catherine finds herself with unexpected battles to fight. French bureaucracy, the mountain weather, the reserve of her neighbours - and most unsettling of all, her own fascination with the intriguing Patrick Castagnol.
The Tapestry of Love is the story of how a woman falls in love with a place and its people: a portrait of landscape, a community and a fragile way of life.
Doesn't this sound phenomenal? I read and thoroughly enjoyed her wonderful Crossed Wires (read my review) last year and am looking forward to this new book as well. For all those of you who comment here (except those of you who only post weird spam I have to delete), Rosy has sent along a recipe sheet of Cevennes cuisine that I can fire off to your in-boxes just as soon as I determine that you have no interest in selling me an Eastern European mail order bride who may or may not have funds she'd like to transfer to my account. Since the book is set in the Cevennes mountains in France, this cuisine plays a large part in the novel. What an inspired idea! Now I'm looking forward to reading the book and tasting the food too. To sweeten the pot, in addition to Rosy's recipe sheet, I'm happy to submit the e-mail addresses of the first ten people who comment to The Book Depository (worldwide free shipping, don't cha know) so you will get a 10% off voucher you can use to purchase The Tapestry of Love. You'd better get commenting!