Welcome to the Blog Tour for A Tapestry of Light by Kimberly Duffy, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: A Tapestry of Light Author: Kimberly Duffy Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Release date: March 16, 2021 Genre: Christian Historical RomanceCalcutta, 1886. Ottilie Russell is adrift between two cultures, British and Indian, belonging to both and neither. In order to support her little brother, Thaddeus, and her grandmother, she relies upon her skills in beetle-wing embroidery that have been passed down to her through generations of Indian women. When a stranger appears with the news that Thaddeus is now Baron Sunderson and must travel to England to take his place as a nobleman, Ottilie is shattered by the secrets that come to light. Despite her growing friendship with Everett Scott, friend to Ottilie’s English grandmother and aunt, she refuses to give up her brother. Then tragedy strikes, and she is forced to make a decision that will take Thaddeus far from death and herself far from home. But betrayal and loss lurk in England, too, and soon Ottilie must fight to ensure Thaddeus doesn’t forget who he is, as well as find a way to stitch a place for herself in this foreign land.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
(1) winner will receive a print copy of A Tapestry of Light, A Mosaic of Wings, and Recipes from an Indian Kitchen!
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My review of A Tapestry of Light
We’re very aware of the issues of race and discrimination in our culture today. Imagine these same questions being addressed (or not addressed) in 1860s India and England. These are two of the huge obstacles faced by Ottilie Russell. Having been born and raised by her loving family in India, Ottilie is a child of several races. Her father is a British scientist. Her mother is what is labeled in this era as Eurasian; she is the daughter of a British army officer and an Indian woman. The Russells’ marriage wasn’t accepted well by either people group in India. Yet the family, who lives with Ottilie’s grandmother, faithful family servant Dilip, and Ottilie’s numerous siblings, has a rich and delightful life together.
Until, that is, tragedy strikes. Suddenly only Ottilie, her small brother Thaddeus, Dilip, and their grandmother are the only ones left of the once-large family. They’re on the verge of poverty as well, being sustained only by Ottilie’s expert and unusual embroidery on women’s attire. She embroiders fantastical designs using colorful thread and beetle wings. And the family squeaks by. Although her grandmother is certain that God loves them and will faithfully provide, Ottilie mistrusts Him. To her mind, He has taken from her her father, her mother, and all her siblings; not to mention an income that isn’t so meager. She is just not sure that He is truly trustworthy.
One day, they are surprised by estate manager Everett Scott. He has traveled from England to find the new baron, Lord Sutherland. Ottilie tells him plainly that he’s looking in the wrong place…only to discover that her beloved Thaddeus is indeed the new baron, through her British father’s family line. She refuses to let Everett take Thaddeus away from her and India. But then, to the girl who has already lost so much, tragedy strikes again. And so, the siblings head for England.
Thaddeus looks ethnically Caucasian. He is welcomed warmly by his grandmother and aunt. But Ottilie looks very definitely to be from India, except for her father’s eyes. The Sutherlands, wary of losing their status in society with a granddaughter/niece who most definitely doesn’t look as society thinks an English person should, relegate Ottilie to the position of “governess.” But not for long; all English boys of the upper class go off to boarding school.
Separation, poverty, and discrimination are looking Ottilie squarely in the face yet again. Facing the loss of her brother and the one man that she hoped could love her in this cold land so unlike her home, Ottilie devises a plan that she hopes will save her life and make a way for her to, if only briefly, see Thaddeus again. Will she learn that God is indeed worthy of her trust and love? Can she believe Him to make a way forward?
A Tapestry of Light is the first book I’ve read by Kimberly Duffy. But I can guarantee you that it won’t be my last! Would you believe that I read it in one day? I was captivated by Ottilie’s journey. Duffy captures the world of 19th-century India, with its heat, spices, religious observances, and all the races and languages that existed there, so richly and tangibly. Ottilie’s story of a life of challenge, juxtaposed against a rich family love and gift for embroidery, was enthralling. And her encounters with the God who really does love her will be recognized by women today. I recommend this book so highly to you. It’s truly one of the best fiction books I’ve read in recent years. You’ll love this remarkable woman (and the rest of the cast of characters) and you’ll cheer her on.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.