Book Review “Emma’s Tapestry” by Isobel Blackthorn

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  • Genre:  Historical fiction
  • Print length: 311 pages
  • Age range: This is an adult book but suitable for mature teens
  • Trigger warnings: None;
  • Amazon Rating: 5


At the dawn of World War Two, German-born nurse Emma Taylor sits by the bedside of a Jewish heiress in London as she reminisces over her dear friend, Oscar Wilde.

As the story of Wilde unravels, so does Emma’s past. What really happened to her husband?

She’s taken back to her days in Singapore on the eve of World War One. To her disappointing marriage to a British export agent, her struggle to fit into colonial life and the need to hide her true identity.

Emma is caught up in history, the highs, the lows, the adventures. A deadly mutiny, terrifying rice riots and a confrontation with the Ku Klux Klan bring home, for all migrants, the fragility of belonging.

Emma’s Tapestry is an imaginative retelling of the remarkable life of the author’s great-grandmother.


WOW! this book absolutely blew me away. I was totally immersed from the very first word. An extraordinary book based on real life events that just sweep you along on Emma’s incredible journey through life. The things she sees and endures had me held in the palm of the authors hand. My favourite part was Emma’s time in Singapore. It just gave me a whole new insight into just what it must have been like to be a woman living in a foreign land that she literally knew nothing about. I loved the descriptive style, it really brought everything to life, from Emma’s surroundings to the sights and smells, her husband, Ernest and his odd foibles that Emma keeps wondering what she ever saw in him, left her family for.
This is truly one of the most compelling stories that I have read, I think knowing that this was based on the authors Great-grandmother gave it much more of an impact. Emma is dragged from pillar to post and she endures it all with grace and just makes the best of what she is. A truly remarkable woman. Please please go and get a copy. Its phenomenal


Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of unique and engaging fiction. She writes across a range of genres, including gripping mysteries and dark psychological thrillers.

The Unlikely Occultist: A biographical novel of Alice A. Bailey received an Honorable Mention in the 2021 Reader’s Favorite book awards. A Prison in the Sun was shortlisted in the LGBTQ category of the 2021 International Book Awards and the 2020 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Her short story ‘Nothing to Declare’ was shortlisted for the Ada Cambridge Prose Prize 2019. Her dark thriller A Legacy of Old Gran Parks won a Raven Award in 2019. The Cabin Sessions was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award 2018 and the Ditmar Awards 2018.

Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism from the University of Western Sydney for her ground-breaking study of the texts of Theosophist Alice A. Bailey. Her engagement with Alice Bailey’s life and works has culminated in the biographical novel The Unlikely Occultist and the full biography Alice A. Bailey: Life and Legacy.

Isobel carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain, her former home. Five of her novels are set on the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. These standalone mystery novels are setting rich and fall into the broad genre of travel fiction.

Isobel has led a rich and interesting life and her stories are as diverse as her experiences, the highs and lows, and the dramas. A life-long campaigner for social justice, Isobel has written, protested and leant her weight to a range of issues including asylum seekers and family violence. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives in rural Victoria, Australia.

With Thanks for the Advance copy to ……

Blackthorn Book Tours

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