Tapestry

A Lowcountry Rapunzel

Fiction - Southern
282 Pages
Reviewed on 03/31/2022
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Author Biography

Sophia Alexander writes character-driven historical fiction that grips readers’ emotions and surprises them with unexpected twists. A Lowcountry native, she is the author of the Silk Trilogy. Its first installment, Silk: Caroline’s Story, has garnered a clutch of accolades: finalist in the Historical Fiction category for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2021, finalist in the Family Saga category for the American Fiction Awards 2021, finalist for the Shelf Unbound 2021 Best Indie Book Awards, and is shortlisted for the Goethe Award 2021 by Chanticleer International. Her writing is inspired by historical facts, genealogical investigations, intuitive guesswork, and fanciful romanticizations. Sophia is a graduate of the College of Charleston and lives with her husband in Savannah, GA.

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Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite

Tapestry: A Lowcountry Rapunzel by Sophia Alexander takes place in Greeleyville, SC in 1918. Gaynelle was always the first to rise and it was her favorite time of day when the world belonged to her alone. She enjoyed reading and her Aunt Anna sent her books, which she had to hide. Gaynelle’s sister Vivian was sick most of the time and could not go to school. She fell unconscious one night because of her illness and her father, Clayton, took her to the doctor. Gaynelle and Vivian’s stepmother Jessie always wanted a child of her own but suffered a few miscarriages. Vivian was her favorite and Gaynelle had to do all the chores in and around the house after school. She even had to help her father in the field and could not attend school for a few days. Jessie suggested that Clayton hire a boy to help in the field, which would allow Gaynelle to return to school.

Tapestry by Sophia Alexander has an uncomplicated plot that is easy to follow. The story was well written and the chapters just flow into one other. There was little action, but I enjoyed reading it. The characters were brilliantly developed and had personalities. They were introduced one at a time and I felt that I knew them before I was introduced to the next character. I could feel their love, happiness, and pain. The Southern dialect was very interesting and I was introduced to something new and fascinating. I just loved Gaynelle, her fondness for reading, the way she fell in love, and her innocence. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy love stories, with a stepmother to make events more interesting.