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The Girl Who Wrote in Silk Paperback – July 7, 2015
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"The Girl Who Wrote in Silk is a beautiful story that brought me to tears more than once, and was a testament to the endurance of the human spirit and the human heart. A powerful debut that proves the threads that interweave our lives can withstand time and any tide, and bind our hearts forever." - Susanna Kearsley, New York Times bestselling author of A Desperate Fortune and The Firebird
"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
About the Author
Kelli Estes lived in the deserts of eastern Washington state and Arizona before settling in the Seattle area, which she loves so much she plans to forever live near the water. She's passionate about stories that help us see how the past shaped who we are today, and how we all have more in common than not. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. This is her first novel.
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I appreciate Estes shining a bright light on the way the Chinese were treated in the late 19th century.
As with the best of historical romance, the author gives us not only a love story, but lots of history, this time the history of Seattle, and Orcas Island, part of the San Juan chain of islands at the tip of Washington state. Being familiar with Orcas Island, and the Rosario Hotel(which I'm sure Rothesay is based on), I really enjoyed learning some of the history of its past. While the author took poetic license with the owner of the hotel, there was enough that lined up to make it a fascinating read. (The Rosario Hotel as a music room with a giant pipe organ built it which isn't in this story, but is my favorite part of the hotel.)
Inara gives up the safe job she had after graduating from college, after she inherits the family estate from her aunt, on Orcas Island. Her Aunt Dahlia's request was to have the house turned into a Bed & Breakfast, but Inara decides on a boutique hotel instead. After finding the embroidered sleeve under on of the stairs, Inara looks for answers and finds her ancestor's dark past which could affect her own future if it becomes known.
Interspersed in Inara's modern day story, is the story of a young Chinese girl who loses her family and must learn to trust the 'white devil' who rescues her from the cold waters of the East Sound near Orcas island. Both women are brave and resourceful and had me hoping they'd succeed. This book is not your typical romance novel, or your typical 'chic-lit', but a cut above making it a very enjoyable read.
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.