Stepping back in time for blog tour number 6 of the day and it’s for ‘Tapestry of War’ by Jane MacKenzie. Big thanks to Allison and Busby for the tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:
In Alexandria, Fran finds her life turned
upside down as Rommel’s forces advance
on the idyllic shores of Egypt. In place of
the luxury and stability that she is used to,
she finds herself having to deal with loss,
heartache and political uncertainty.
Meanwhile, on the Firth of Clyde, Catriona
works day in, day out nursing injured
servicemen. As the war rages on, the two
women’s lives become entwined – bringing
love and friendship to both.
What does TWG think?
Oh I do enjoy historical fiction! ‘Tapestry of War’ was my first book by this author, so I was very intrigued as to how the storyline would be executed from the historical point of view. I couldn’t wait to find out.
Set in both Egypt and Scotland, ‘Tapestry of War’ highlights the heart-wrenching tragedies that WWII brought to the table. Whilst both countries were brought together by one thing; the war, the way in which the differing countries dealt with the war in terms of food, family ties, casualties and so forth, was incredibly different.
I have read a lot of books with the theme of WWII, but I have never read a book written from this angle before as the author describes the devastating conflict in Egypt during that time. Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed the historic nature, the eye-opening scenes, as well as the emotional situations between families and casualties, I found the overall vibe of the novel to be extremely heavy and a bit difficult to digest.
If you are already aware of the history this book contains, I am sure that you would find it a lot easier to follow than I did. Don’t get me wrong, I felt that I learnt a lot whilst reading the ‘Tapestry of War’, but my brain did become a little overloaded before too long.
That said, I loved how Jane MacKenzie wrote the novel as I could tell that it was written from her heart. It was as though the storyline had a piece of the authors own history written into it which, for me, makes this book even more beautiful than I originally thought.
‘Tapestry of War’ is an eye-opening, though-provoking and poignant novel which will take you back in time without moving a muscle.