I love a well written family and generational story and that’s exactly what Sarah Loudin Thomas’ Appalachian Blessings Series is. While each one is a stand alone novel, reading them all just adds a few more bonuses and layers to the story. And as I loved the first two in the series, I enjoyed this one as well!
Now in her eighties, Perla Phillips has carried a secret since she was eighteen years old. When she sees her granddaughter, Ella, struggling for perfection, she decides to share her secret to show that God can use even the biggest mistakes for good. But before she can reveal what happened during that summer sixty years ago, she has a debilitating stroke.
Carrying a secret of her own, Ella arrives back in Wise, West Virgina, to help her aunt Sadie care for Perla. Both know the woman wanted to tell them something, but she’s now locked in silence. Together they begin looking into the past, but they may learn more than they expected.
Will they have the courage to share their hearts? Or will the truth remain buried forever?
This whole series has completed captivated me. I love Thomas’ writing style and the lives she drew me into. With A Tapestry of Secrets, I especially loved the character development. Ella is lost in life, love and direction and this was a beautiful story of coming into that and finding her true value. Are there mishaps along the way? Of course, but isn’t that true to life?
I also really loved Perla and Sadie’s stories. While not the main focus, I absolutely loved their stories of forgiveness, redemption and joy that comes when people are freed from burdens.
As I mentioned earlier, getting to have a story with characters in the previous novels was so fabulous. I know so many of us would love to know what happened to our favorite characters after their story (what happened after happily ever after you know?) and this gave me just that! Seriously, the best.
I’m sad this series is over, but anxiously awaiting for what’s next!
What’s one of your favorite generational stories/series?
(Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)