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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
In Beth Duke’s heart-warming novel, Tapestry, Skye Willis and her grandmother, Sparrow, decide to find out more about their ancestry, a decision that launches their lives on a course they would never have imagined. Skye had always been curious about her father’s side of the family. Raised by her mother and grandmother, she had no information about her father except the few details her mother divulged on occasion. At twenty-one now, Skye cannot dismiss the issue anymore. She resorts to genetic testing and convinces her grandmother to take the test too to prove her Muscogee Creek ancestry. Meanwhile, Pete Darling, CEO of PFD Pipelines, embarks on the most important project of his life: the repair and replacement of hundreds of miles of a natural gas line. But things are about to drastically change for Pete and the company.
Tapestry is centered on two eccentric characters, Sparrow and Skye. Their bond is well-developed throughout as Skye is fond of Sparrow and Sparrow remains supportive and loving towards Skye. Supporting characters in the novel play an important role in bringing out the themes of the novel. Set in two alternate places, Texas and Alabama, the story explores themes of corruption, control, and manipulation alongside uplifting themes about sacrifice, love, and true happiness. The story is rewarding as it follows Skye’s growth while she learns what she is passionate about and what truly matters. The two separate plots are carefully woven together when their paths intersect. Told with a touch of humor, Tapestry by Beth Duke explores important themes through an authentic set of characters.