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Tapestry of Fortunes

A Novel
Berg, Elizabeth (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"Cecilia Ross is looking for a change. She has decided to take time off from her job as a successful motivational speaker and sell her home. She moves in to a beautiful old house in St. Paul, Minnesota, complete with a big front porch, a wild garden, a chef's kitchen--and three roommates. The four women are different ages, but all are feeling restless, and want to take a roadtrip to find again the people and things they miss. One woman wants to connect with a daughter she gave away at birth; another wants to visit her long-absent ex-husband; a third woman, a professional chef, is seeking new inspiration from the restaurants along the way. And Cecilia is looking for Dennis Halsinger, the man she never got over, who recently sent her a postcard out of the blue. This novel is classic Elizabeth Berg--a portrait of how women grow through the relationships that define them, and a testament to the power of female friendship"--
Authors: Berg, Elizabeth
Title: Tapestry of fortunes
a novel
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2013.
Characteristics: 219 p. ;,25 cm.
Summary: "Cecilia Ross is looking for a change. She has decided to take time off from her job as a successful motivational speaker and sell her home. She moves in to a beautiful old house in St. Paul, Minnesota, complete with a big front porch, a wild garden, a chef's kitchen--and three roommates. The four women are different ages, but all are feeling restless, and want to take a roadtrip to find again the people and things they miss. One woman wants to connect with a daughter she gave away at birth; another wants to visit her long-absent ex-husband; a third woman, a professional chef, is seeking new inspiration from the restaurants along the way. And Cecilia is looking for Dennis Halsinger, the man she never got over, who recently sent her a postcard out of the blue. This novel is classic Elizabeth Berg--a portrait of how women grow through the relationships that define them, and a testament to the power of female friendship"--
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ISBN: 9780812993141
0812993144
Statement of Responsibility: Elizabeth Berg
Subject Headings: Female friendship Fiction. Saint Paul (Minn.) Fiction.
Genre/Form: Road fiction.
Topical Term: Female friendship
LCCN: 2012033033
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Jun 23, 2014
  • CSil rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

nice story line and character development. liked the characters a lot and enjoyed their road trip. elizabeth berg did not disappoint once again.

Nov 01, 2013
  • LauralLibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Thoughtful and perfect!

Oct 19, 2013
  • odorisan rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I read this book in one stretch; a nice light fast read, no violence, a woman's book, enjoyable for readers in their 40's and 50's. The characters experience feelings, have doubts, engage in activities, and eat junk food that probably some women of this age would not admit to still enjoying, as they did in their teenage years. A Happy ending.

Oct 17, 2013
  • samdog123 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I've enjoyed each and every Elizabeth Berg book I've ever read and this one is no exception. When Cece's best friend dies of cancer, it makes her re-evaluate her life. Deciding to sell her house, she moves into a home which she shares with three other women who quickly become her friends. Each woman has unresolved issues and there is a satisfying end.

Perhaps it is the timing of reading this book with the events in my life that have made this such a good read for me. It's been awhile since I read any of Elizabeth Berg's books. I saw her in person years ago at a local library in Illinois, as she talked and read to us. As I embark on a new journey alone after many years in a new state, this book spoke to my heart. I loved the women she developed, all strong yet vulnerable, and the friendships that developed. I loved the road trip and the eclectic places they visited. I loved the evolving of relationships, both new and old. Perhaps one needs to be at a certain stage in their life to appreciate this book more fully, as I am in mine. The book spoke to my heart.

Aug 05, 2013
  • gvlee rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Lovely and soothing chick lit for chicks who are in their 40s or older. I had almost given up on Elizabeth Berg, having been disappointed in her last 3 novels. Her best book is True to Form (2002). This latest novel does not reach the same literary heights by any means, but it is a satisfying and pleasant read.

Jul 28, 2013
  • kcjeanie rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I love Elizabeth Berg's books but everything fell into place a little too predictably in this one. The main character, Cece, begins to reexamine her life after her best friend, Penny, dies of cancer. Cece travels a lot as a motivational speaker and the author of self-help books and after Penny’s death she feels lost and decides to make some changes in her own life. Never married, she sells her house and rents a room in a house with three other women who hit it off immediately. It seems a little too pat when she almost immediately is contacted by a past, and her one and only, true love. The women take a road trip during which each woman magically wraps up questions from the past.

Very enjoyable read with a little bit of wisdom thrown in to boot!

Jul 20, 2013
  • PriscillaHowe rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Very light, one of those books where everything gets tied up with a bow at the end.

Jun 11, 2013
  • motherlobe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

ah a wonderful story hunker down with your favorite nibblies, glass of whatever & enjoy

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Feb 11, 2014
  • d028dd1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"I've never regretted doing anything in my life as much as I've regretted not doing it."

Apr 28, 2013
  • booklady413 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Be kind for everyone is carrying a heavy burden.

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