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"The Girl Who Wrote in Silk is a beautiful, elegiac novel, as finely and delicately woven as the title suggests. Kelli Estes spins a spellbinding tale that illuminates the past in all its brutality and beauty, and the humanity that binds us all together." - Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author of The Beekeeper's Ball
"A touching and tender story about discovering the past to bring peace to the present." - Duncan Jepson, author of All the Flowers in Shanghai
"Estes sheds light on a dark period in Seattle's history that is sure to interest those seeking unusual historical details long hidden from history books. 4 Stars." - RT Book Reviews --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- File size : 1356 KB
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Landmark (July 7, 2015)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00TFZ0C36
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication date : July 7, 2015
- Print length : 402 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1492608335
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #23,843 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The thing that really kept this from being a good book, in my opinion, was the lack of character development. I had no sense of Inara's or Daniel's personalities, or even what they looked like. Inara's dad was a jerk, but that was never addressed, and Inara didn't even seem to realize it. I found their romance to be ridiculously fast-paced and disappointingly bland. Not really knowing the characters, I was unable to get emotinally attached to them, which just made the dating part so boring.
The modern-day ortion of the book was boring and trite...the historical part was interesting at first, but then became so tragic, I was tempted to just stop reading. The lack of character development actually helped in that area, as I was able to separate myself from the worst, saddest part.
The storyline is interesting, though. With better story-telling, this could be a great book.
I appreciate Estes shining a bright light on the way the Chinese were treated in the late 19th century.
The take of Mei Lein is juxtaposed with that of Inara Erickson. Inara has just received finished school with a degree in International Business and has recently inherited the family's estate on Orca Island off the coast of Seattle. While her father insists she take a job with Starbucks, Inara has other ideas, wanting to develop the estate into a luxury, specialty hotel. While on the island, she discovers a loosened stair tread. Curious, she moves it away and discovers a small package wrapped in fabric. She opens the package and discovers a silk sleeve with remarkable embroiders. She researches this unusual finding online and discovers a professor at a nearby university who specializes in such things. She seeks him out and, as easily as that, the story blooms into a full and fulfilling book.
This book did what few can, it made me cry, deep, bone-shaking sobs, and made me miss my parents more that I can say.
If you want to read an excellent novel, filled with true emotion and history that may well be repeating itself, this is the one.
Top reviews from other countries
The chapters switch from Inara's point of view to Mei Lin's throughout and I found Mei Lin's chapters far more moving and gripping than the modern parts of the book although I enjoyed the unfolding detective story as Mei Lin's tragic story unfolded.
Well written and very enjoyable. It ended with all the ends neatly sewn up like Mei Lin's embroidered sleeve and the twin tales a neat device for the more meaningful story of Mei Lin and the hard time had by the Chinese of Seattle and surrounding islands at the time of the book. Sad but satisfying too at the conclusion.
I visited Seattle once some years ago and wish I had known then some of this history of which I had no idea until I read this lovely, sentimental, well written book.
Thoroughly enjoyed it.
It is good to know that I am more aware of some details from the time and can compare them with the current migrant issues which trouble many parts of the world, but I have been left dissatisfied by the presentation itself,
This was simply a lovely read although it has also opened my eyes to a time in history I knew nothing about.
I shall certainly be looking for further books by this author.