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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.