A Tangle of Knots illustrates just how connected we are to the people around us. This book takes a seemingly unconnected set of people and shows just how much their lives are tied together. You have an old man looking for a suitcase he lost years ago. A woman who takes care of orphans and finds them homes. An older woman who has lost her voice and her words. A young girl looking for her talent. A boy who thinks he’s worthless and can’t seem to do anything to stop. A young adventurer who loves monsters and cake. A woman hanging onto her past glory. But most of all you have a young baker who wants to bake the perfect cake for everyone. These lives might not seem to be connected but they all end up living at the Lost Luggage Emporium and becoming a family.
The world of A Tangle of Knots is one in which everyone has a Talent. It might be a talent for baking or knitting or spitting or floating. You never know what you talent is and some of them are more useful than others. The Talents aren’t really explained very well they are just part of the world and the story. The other mystery in the book is the large man in the gray suit who appears to each of the characters throughout the book. He seems to show up just when things are happening and helps set the characters on their path. Who is he? What does he know? That isn’t really answered.
If you are looking for a fully developed world and a straight-forward story this book isn’t for you. If you enjoy just going along for the ride and enjoy a little magical mystery I think you will enjoy this tale.