A Tapestry of Light by Kimberly Duffy book review + giveaway

A Tapestry of Light by Kimberly Duffy book review + giveaway

About the Book

Book:  A Tapestry of Light

Author: Kimberly Duffy

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: March 16, 2021

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Calcutta, 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.

Click here to get your copy!

My Review ✨

The thing I love most about Kimberley’s writing is the depth it has- the amount of layers and complexity of the characters and story. Her subplots are SUPERB and she weaves them with her main story with such skill, I’m amazed- truly amazed.💛
A Tapestry of Light feels alive- I could smell the wonderful pastries and cardamom 🥮, touch the shiny beetle elytra glimmering under the sun , feel the elaborate dresses embroidered with rainbow colors 🌈 , actually see the clash of two different cultures and people mingling together in this other world city…. I was sucked in the story in such a way, I didn’t want it to end. I grabbed this book at night, right before bed and it just filled me with such a cozy feeling ahhh.
I adore the family trope in this books so much! It will make your heart smile :)
The main character, Ottilie is such a beautiful soul. Even though she had her struggles and doubts, she stood up for her family and worked diligently to fill, at her young age, that parental role for her younger brother, Thaddeus. She’s so strong in so many ways…She’s the perfect example of a strong girl with a gentle spirit. 
All the characters are adorable and complement each other beautifully. 
A Tapestry of Light is a cacophony of truth and light in a world as colorful as the stories of these beautiful characters. 
I loved it and highly recommend it!

About the Author

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Kimberly Duffy is a Long Island native currently living in Southwest Ohio, via six months in India. When she’s not homeschooling her four kids, she writes historical fiction that takes her readers back in time and across oceans. She loves trips that require a passport, recipe books, and practicing kissing scenes with her husband of twenty years. He doesn’t mind.

More from Kimberly

When I set out to write a new novel, I plan the entire thing from start to finish. I write down each scene on an index card and know exactly what’s going to happen when I sit down for the day’s work. I’m meticulous that way.

But I never plan my characters’ spiritual arcs. Because I want their faith journey to be organic to the story. I want it to feel authentic. It’s such an important part of each of my books and I recognize that some things just refuse plotting and need to develop in a more natural way.

My debut novel, A Mosaic of Wings, features a heroine steeped in science. Nora loves the natural world and so her faith was encouraged by studying the wings of a butterfly or examining an interesting plant. She’s not particularly sentimental or emotive so the faith element of that story had to be presented in a way that made sense for her. Nora’s faith arc is subtle.

Not so for A Tapestry of Light. I had no intention of writing a book that delved into my own struggle with doubt. But that’s what Ottilie required. And it wrung me dry.

Then built me back up.

My faith story is a twisted kind of one. Raised a Christian, I went into ministry, firmly attached myself to the faith of my childhood, and thought it would never waver.

I was wrong.

Oh, how it wavered. For whatever reason, when I hit about 30, it seemed everything I had always believed no longer made sense. It was devastating. Terrifying. And it broke me.

But brokenness is its own sort of beauty and when you recognize there is no way for you to pick up the pieces yourself, God can come in and fill those cracks and shattered places.

Those five years of doubt and questioning and facing the reality that even though I’d always loved Christ, I didn’t really know Him (and didn’t really know why I believed in Him), were some of the most painful I’ve experienced. But I believe with every bit of my being that God is in the business of redemption. Of restoration. Of filling up so that we can pour out.

And he took my own very personal struggle and helped me turn it into a story that, I hope and pray, might encourage others. I gave Ottilie my questions. I gave her my doubt. I gave her my fear and desperation and, in the end, I gave her my hope.

There’s a little piece of me in each of my books, but this one contains my heart.

Blog Stops

Life of Literature, March 27

Through the Fire Blogs, March 27

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 27

Texas Book-aholic, March 28

Breny and Books, March 28

By The Book, March 29

Genesis 5020, March 29

Inklings and notions, March 29

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, March 30

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, March 30

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 31

Mia Reads, March 31

Reflections from my bookshelves, March 31

Connie’s History Classroom, April 1

Remembrancy, April 1

For Him and My Family, April 2

Rachael’s Inkwell, April 2

Vicky Sluiter, April 2

deb’s Book Review, April 3

Batya’s Bits, April 3

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 4

Godly Book Reviews, April 4

Pause for Tales, April 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 5

Simple Harvest Reads, April 5 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 6

A Baker’s Perspective, April 6

Labor Not in Vain, April 6

She Lives To Read, April 7

Betti Mace, April 7

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 8

To Everything There Is A Season, April 8

Mary Hake, April 8

Wishful Endings, April 9

Bigreadersite, April 9

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kimberly is giving away the grand prize $25 Amazon gift card along with a signed copy of either A Mosaic of Wings or A Tapestry of Light!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/109d5/a-tapestry-of-light-celebration-tour-giveaway

A giveaway of one of my fav books! psss it’s a retelling! ✨

A giveaway of one of my fav books! psss it’s a retelling! ✨

I’m so excited for this giveaway I could burst!❤️ Guys, the wonderful T. E. Elliot has partnered up with me to give YOU the chance to win one (1) physical copy of her beautiful Beauty and the Beast retelling, Loved by the Beast *swoons*.

If you follow me on Instagram you know I’ve been gushing about her books this past week and now I can’t wait for everyone to read them so we can all fangirl together, hehe.

Breny, is this book bookshelf worthy? Absolutely! ❤️ Guys, this is the most sweet, clean and wholesome Beauty and the Beast book ever! 🥺💗. And, IT HAS FAITH ELEMENTS!! Guys, I’m shook! T.E. Elliot did and Amazing job weaving this beautiful story. I love how it’s very obvious that the story is set in France and the original twist she gave it! It’s such a fresh take on the original version- I love it! When I started reading it I was little scared it was going to be cliche but NOO❤️ It’s beautiful. It has all the fairytale vibes to it ✨ I’m genuinely impressed.

It’s a cozy sweet read that will melt your heart. The characters are adorable and I love how T.E. Elliot portrays the Beast with such a tender heart oh guyssssss helpppp😭❤️😂

Her books are just perfection 🥺💗. And they are set in France!😭❤️ So far throughout the series I’ve encountered French châteaux, a huge library, a med student, traveling to Paris, dance halls, a secret garden, friends to lovers as well as enemies to lovers and the BEST friendships ahhhh😭💗 You need this book. Period. (Her Second book is also incredible)

Anyway, look at me ranting away.

Below you will find the link to enter the giveaway for this book!

Giveaway!

Well, good luck my friends!

Psss. If you have Kindle unlimited, do checkout this wonderful book that is availble to read right now as well as it’s sequel!

Book blurb:

he Beast’s Legacy is a trilogy of Christian Historical Fiction books inspired by the classic versions of the named fairy tales. ‘Loved by the Beast’ can be read as a stand-alone, while ‘Service and Slumber’ and ‘A Gentle Pursuit’ will be better understood in order.

Audric and Léa have both grown up under the shadow of how others perceive them. One is seen as a Beast, the other a Beauty. Both long for something more—to be seen, to be known, to be loved for more than what is on the outside. 

When Léa is faced with the prospect of an arranged marriage or see her father imprisoned, it is a sacrifice she is willing to make. However, when she finds that the rumored beast is nothing more than a gentle and kind man, she is faced with another decision. Can her heart respond to his love even when she has had no power of decision in her life’s story?

Audric gave up on finding love long ago, so when his mother tells him she has made a match for him, he cannot help but be skeptical of her plans. The rumors he’s heard about himself since childhood have even him convinced he’s a beast and not worthy of the love of a woman. Should hope be rekindled or squashed entirely?

Set in early 18th century France and based on the classic versions of the timeless fairy tale, with a hint of the beloved childhood favorite, this retelling explores the depths of what true love looks like and the lengths one is willing to go in its defense.

Get your copy here!

The Rejected King by Kortney Keisel book review

The Rejected King by Kortney Keisel book review

My Review

This book has been appearing on my Instagram feed for a while now, so I decide to give it a try. The first book of this trilogy, The Rejected King, was for free on ebook so I happily downloaded it and started reading away : )

Guys, I wanted to love it, I truly did! That cover is gorgeous and it gave me all the fantasy and YA vibes!

Sadly, for me, it didn’t fufill my expectations. I was expecting a fast paced fantasy book filled with all the world building and complex characters but somehow I feel the plot didn’t match the vibe I was getting from the cover.

This is definitley not a fantasy book. It is sci-fi-ish? Like, its in 2050 but the plot of the book makes it seem like civilization went backwards instead of forward in technology. I kinda liked that spin though- depicting tech as strange and foreign in a world where it was decided to never make use of the technoloyg that destroyed civilization in the first place. Kinda interesting twist.

The whole idea of the book was intriguing but there were three things that just made me feel kinda ”eek” about it :

  1. There is no world-building **cries**. There are some books that are these rare unicorns that people love even tho there is no world-building, The Selection being a good example. But I feel this book lacked a lot of world-building. I wanted to be THERE, feel, touch and see you know… I didn’t even get a good description of the palace to make up something about it : ( Kiera Cass made us get so invested in her chracters nothing else mattered, but in this book I felt the characters needed more development to get to that level.
  2. The romance **hides**. I’m so sorry, but I don’t know how this book can fit under the ‘’clean’’ category of books! I was cringing so hard through the books it was just too much! Yes, there aren’t any sex scenes, but they might as well put some with all the descriptions and lusty thoughts in the book. The romance between the main characters was so physical it was cringey. The poor dudes couldn’t even control their eyes, and nope. Also, the ‘’romance’’ starts with the Prince accidentally getting in the girls bed and they are both ‘’so tired’’ they don’t realize they are sleeping with each other until they kiss because -duh- ‘’dreams are oh so real’’ and then they both wake up and realize that nope, it wasn’t a dream, they were kissing each other **cough cough* passionately. That scene catapults all the very superficial, love at first sight romance. Sprinkle some more unnecessary physical and lusty descriptions throughout the book and, yeah. I’m so sorry, but I can’t condone this content in books at all. I honestly thought I was going to love it and even posted a story on my Instagram about it. I will not lie, the first chapter was INCREDIBLE! It was a Flashback chapter and that why I made the post-thinking the story would develop the same way that chapter did.
  3. The characters are cliche as cliché gets and have super predictable behaviors. I’ll leave it at that because it kinda connects with the romance point. Also, plot wise, it was very predictable and it felt like the author was inspired by The Selection by Kiera Cass and somehow she tried to give it that vibe but sadly it was a no for me : (

Any final thoughts? Well, I dunno. I don’t like writting negative reviews, believe me I don’t. But sometimes you have to do what you have to do. It wouldn’t be fair of me to just write positive ones when in reality this blog is for that- to help readers find potential books they can fall in love with and share my honest thoughts about them with you all. <3

Book blurb

Perfect for fans of the Selection series by Kiera Cass. Be swept into a world of political intrigue, forbidden love, and royal romance.

The king hired her to find him a wife. She fell for him instead.

Marriage is the only thing that can save King Davin’s most-hated reputation. And to make things worse, Davin hired the one girl he’s most attracted to, but her social class makes her an impossible choice for his future.

Emree Dutson has one goal: raise the king’s approval ratings so she can get a permanent job at the castle. Falling in love with the king wasn’t part of the job description. Now her feelings for him are ruining everything.

Will Davin risk his crown for love?

Content: ⭐️⭐️ Too many sexual physical descriptions. Descriptive kisses, descriptions of abs and ”glistening muscles”, shirtless guys, a girl and a guy sleep together (no sex yet passionate kissing is involved), a lot of romantic tension.

Characters: ⭐️⭐️

Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️