Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Girl Who Wrote In Silk by Kelli Estes

Did Mei Lien stand on the edge of the boat's railing because she knew she had to or because she was forced to be there?  Did this act begin or end Mei Lien’s life?  Did this act begin or end Inara’s life?

Mei Lien lived 100 years ago​. Inara lives in the present. Their lives are unknowingly connected until Inara finds
a family story on a hidden embroidered sleeve in a house that belonged to Inara's ancestors and where Mei Lien and her family had lived...the connection and the secrets begin.  

The embroidered sleeve immediately catches Inara's attention and her curiosity. When she takes the sleeve to a Chinese professor at the local university, the sleeve and Inara immediately catch the professor's attention.

THE GIRL WHO WROTE IN SILK is beautifully written and beautifully told by Ms. Estes. The characters come alive, and the storyline is quite intriguing.

THE GIRL WHO WROTE IN SILK has secrets about a family home, a family connection, and an embroidered shirt sleeve that t​ells a story Inara just HAS to unravel.  Just what were all of these secrets?


The story and the unraveling le​a​d to surprises for the characters and to a marvelous book. ​ ​Ms Estes weaved a beautiful​, gripping, but sad ​tale that spanned from the 1800's to present day.

THE GIRL WHO WROTE IN SILK was difficult to put down simply because you will want to find out​ about the embroidered sleeve as well as to find out​ how Inara and Daniel Chin unravel the mystery even though we already know ​the answer ​as Ms. Estes skillfully goes back and forth revealing the past a​n​d the present.

THE GIRL WHO WROTE IN SILK is a​n ​appealing, alluring read​ with charming, unforgettable characters​. 
You will love Mei Lien and admire her for her courage.  You will also love her husband, Joseph, but despise Duncan Campbell.

The book is as captivating as the book's title and cover, and THE GIRL WHO WROTE IN SILK becomes even more intriguing each time you turn the page and clues are revealed.

I thoroughly enjoyed THE GIRL WHO WROTE IN SILK, but have some tissues ready.


I hope you have the pleasure of reading this marvelous book. ​ A spectacular debut novel. 5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.​






22 comments:

  1. Loved this book.

    ENJOY if you read it.

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  2. I love books that combine two stories like that!

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    1. You will love this book then, Kathy. I hope you get to read it.

      Thanks for stopping.

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  3. Elizabeth, this sounds like a very touching book. Terrific review!

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    1. Thank you, Suko. I appreciate your compliment.

      Thanks for stopping.

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  4. I picked this one up at BEA, and am hoping to get to it (and the dozens of others) soon! My daughters are from China so I love to read books set there.

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    1. Don't you just love Sourcebooks? And the publicists are just darling.

      I got mine from Lathea Williams in the mail before the BEA, and I loved meeting her at the BEA.

      ENJOY when you read it.

      Thanks for stopping, OnDBookshelf.

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  5. This sounds like an emotional read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about it, Elizabeth.

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    1. You are welcome, Mary.

      Thanks for stopping.

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  6. This sounds wonderful! I love a good historical mystery to unravel. I promise that's not a bad pun on embroidery. Mary from splendidsummer.com

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    1. LOL...love your comment.

      Thanks for stopping, Mary.

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  7. I'd love to get hold of this. Unfortunately Netgalley declined my request. Sounds so intriguing.

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    1. Oh...I wish you could read it too.

      Have you tried contacting Sourcebooks?

      Thanks for stopping, Mystica.

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  8. Wow! This got a 5 star from you! Glad you enjoyed it so. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. You are making me laugh about my giving it 5 stars. :)

      I did enjoy it a lot.

      Thanks for stopping, Diane.

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  9. Pleased to hear you enjoyed this Elizabeth. I love dual time narratives so I will have to consider this one.

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    1. It was quite good. Loved the characters and the background of the sleeve.

      Thanks for stopping, thebookwormchronicles.

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  10. Sounds really interesting. Haven't heard of this before...Thanks and Happy Reading :)

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    1. It was quite good.

      Thanks for stopping, jaffareadstoo.

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  11. Wow, sounds like an incredible book to read and a book that I would really enjoy reading. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us about it.

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    1. You will love it.

      Thanks for stopping, Captivated Reader.

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  12. Just got this from the library, Elizabeth, and have some tissues handy!

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