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"Of Tapestry, Time and Tears" is the story of a news reporter and war correspondent Edwina Kleberg that will hold the reader's attention through every page as Edwina's life unfolds. Edwina's father, Joseph, loses both parents in devastating storms in Texas decades after the Civil War but goes on to live a successful life as a rancher in the Texas Hills Country. When Edwina is born in 1916, Joseph just knows she will be special and she is, throughout her life. Edwina gets a full scholarship to the University of Texas and actually interviews Lyndon Johnson, secretary to her father's cousin, Richard Kleberg. Edwina gets a job with the New York Post but when her fiance, John Billingsley, is killed in the war in the Pacific just after Pearl Harbor, she volunteers to be a war correspondent and is assigned to Italy where she meets the brave soldier, Birendar, from India. When Birendar is killed, Edwina arranges for herself to be assigned to India in his memory. There, Edwina lives through the tumultuous years of post WWII India and does much good as she rescues and places Delhi's orphans. There, she also meets the love of her life, Rajil Chaudhary, and is warned by her beloved fortune teller Baba that her heart will be broken. How? Read "Of Tapestry, Time and Tears" and find out!
Author Carol Morgan has written a highly moving and well-written story of a woman's part in those tumultuous years for India right after World War II. The characters of Edwina, Rajil, Baba, Edwina's brother Paul, are three dimensional and engrossing. The plot line flows smoothly through the book's many pages to its conclusion and will leave the reader sad that the book has ended. That the author has interwoven successfully her fictional characters with real life people from history such as Lady Mountbatten, Gandhi, and Lyndon Johnson is a tribute to her writing skills. Count on it, Edwina Kleberg is a literary character who will not be forgotten and "Of Tapestry, Time and Tears" should become a classic.