Tapestry of Fortunes By Elizabeth Berg-Book Review


A wonderful new novel about four women who take a trip into their past, to find again the people they miss, and to reconnect with their fortunes. From the beloved bestselling author of Home Safe and Open House.

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.

I sort of enjoyed this book, but I felt there was something missing. I didn’t fully resonate with Cece’s character. Her relationship with Dennis just made me roll my eyes. I did like her friendship with her new roommates, and the idea of making good friends even at an older age. I also loved the side story about Michael and his fiance. I liked the fortune card reading, and I was hoping there would be more about that. This wasn’t really a book that stuck with me, and definitely not one I’d want to read again.