Sunday, May 22, 2022
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Friday, May 13, 2022
"Alexander’s prose ably replicates the rhythms of speech—and life—in the 1920s South... readers will find themselves hooked by the more dramatic elements of this coming-of-age tale... A richly embroidered story of early 20th-century rural life in South Carolina." -from the Kirkus Review of 'Tapestry: A Lowcountry Rapunzel'.
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Silk: Caroline's Story was honored with the IndieBRAG medallion! So pleased. They told me a month ago, and I've been waiting with bated breath since then to be officially listed on their website and to actually get the medallion. Yippee!
Thursday, April 28, 2022
"It was one of those novels that sucks you in and that you find difficult to put down until you turn the last page. The tie-in to local names and places makes it all the more appealing." Royal Town Rambles recommends Tapestry: A Lowcountry Rapunzel. Check it out!
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Tanya E Williams reveals her gentle, thoughtful, spiritual nature in her debut novel. Despite the difficult content of the novel—debilitating illness, war, loss, and death—the author shields and instructs the reader with her uplifting perspective.
Violet, the protagonist, has at first what seems a pure and simple love relationship with her beau, John Smith. World War II soon changes that.
Violet is deeply dismayed when John joins the military to go fight in the war. She can’t bear the thought of such a good man voluntarily murdering others, of him choosing to leave her behind in order to do so. In the course of the novel, she makes a mild transition to being able to appreciate the heroism behind his motives, realizing what a sacrifice it is for such a gentle soul. I at first wondered why the author did not expound more on Violet’s transition, but then I realized that it’s because there was only a subtle shift. Violet did not change her mind, she only expanded her perspective to be more understanding and accepting of what she couldn’t change. She never actually advocates that it was the ‘right’ course. She merely gains an appreciation for the sacrifices he’s making for the sake of the others being brutalized, who really did need help. It’s actually all quite lovely and true. In the end, I still think of it as a sweet love story, though there is a certain sadness throughout and especially to the ending—sad yet strangely uplifting. As uplifting and gentle as such an ending can be.
Friday, April 22, 2022
“Such wonderful timing. I received a new book for you just yesterday.” Anne entered the room, beverages steaming on a silver tray. As she placed it on the coffee table, she slipped out the volume she’d been carrying beneath it.... Gaynelle took a long sip of the sweet, rich cocoa then sank into the sofa cushions, resisting the urge to pull her feet up. When she grew up, she would have a couch just like this. She’d wear thick socks and curl up with a book, right in front of the fireplace, with a big silver pitcher of cocoa and fancy teacups. Exactly like this, except without shoes.