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    A Marvelous Debut Novel!

    I just finished a marvelous novel from Kelli Estes. It is called The Girl Who Wrote in Silk. I just loved this book and did not want it to end. The book starts out in February 1886 in Puget Sound, Washington Territory. Liu Mei Lien (Liu is her surname) works with her father in his shop in what is now Seattle in Washington Territory. The white people in the area are not happy with the Chinese. They do not like them coming in and taking their jobs. Mei Lien dresses like a boy as protection when she is out in the city (a girl could be attacked). One morning just after Mei Lien awakened there are white men outside their homes with weapons. All the Chinese are being escorted out of the city to a ship called the Prince of the Pacific. Mei Lien, her father, Liu Huang Fu, and her grandmother (who is frail) are forced onto the ship (and have to pay for passage). The ship is to take them to San Francisco. Once the ship is underway Mei Lien overhears Duncan Campbell (owner of ship) talking about the Chinese on the ship. Campbell has no intention of allowing the Chinese to stay on his ship. He is going to dump them into the water when they get far enough out. When Mei Lien tells her father what is going to happen, he gives her his money bag and, when they are near the last island before open water, he pushes her off the ship. Inara Erickson has just inherited her Aunt Dahlia’s estate on Orca Island called Rothesay (near Seattle, Washington). Inara loved going their when she was younger before the death of her mother. Inara has just graduated from graduate school (majored in business) and has a job lined up at Starbucks. Inara is a descendant of Duncan Campbell. Her family runs the business Campbell started. It was originally called Campbell Lines but is now called Premier Maritime Group. PMG is run by Charles Erickson (Inara’s father). Charles has high expectations for his daughter. He expects her to sell the estate and return to Seattle. Inara is exploring the house when she discovers a loose step in Aunt Dahlia’s house (she lived in a little house behind Rothesay). There is a cloth wrapped bundle in the step. When Inara unwraps it she finds a beautifully embroidered blue silk sleeve. It has lovely silk embroidery picturing scenes. Inara would like to discover more about the sleeve. She feels that it is important. Inara calls Dr. Daniel Chin who teaches China studies. This sleeve leads Inara and Daniel on a journey into the past. We get to find out what happened to Liu Mei Lien after she was shoved into the water near Orcas Island. It is amazing how the past can affect the present. This is a moving book that will captivate you from the very first page. I give The Girl Who Wrote in Silk 5 out of 5 stars. This is one of the best books I have read this year. The Girl Who Wrote in Silk is superbly composed. It is one of those books that you will continue to think about for days after you have finished reading it. This is Kelli Estes first novel and I impatiently await her next book. I received a complimentary copy of The Girl Who Wrote in Silk from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
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    A page turner !

    I didn't want this book to end, although heartbreaking, loved it ! Hope Kelli keeps writing page-turners !!
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    Very Enjoyable Tale of Two Women

    This is a book of two tales set in Washington, one the tale of Mei Lien in the late 1800's and the other the story of Inara in present day, and how their lives are connected. Each chapter alternates between the two. I really enjoyed this book, but quite strangely it felt as if each tale was written by different authors. I thoroughly enjoyed Mei Lien's story, from beginning to end. Mei Lien's character was rich and full, and the writing brought her to life. Her feelings, emotions and her story gripped you. Her losses, her pain, her fears and her love could bring you to tears. On the other hand, Inara's story was mediocre, her character was boring, and neither pulled you in to the present day tale. Inara's character is so opposite of Mei Lien, yet I kept expecting they should both have been strong, competent and vibrant women. The greatest disappointment in the book was the lack of a storyline for Ken (I won't give away any spoilers), and I would have loved to have read more about him, than Inara. Mei Lien's story was so good, it's really worth reading this book for.
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    A beautiful story

    This was an emotionally charged story I loved the style in which Kelli told Mei Lien's story. I couldn't stop reading, the book was a true masterpiece. Thank you for such a beautiful story.
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    Couldn't put it down

    I had to know what was going to happen to everyone - both past and present. The two story lines are interwoven delicately, giving strength to each other in the process. Glad I found this author- I will be watching for more from her.

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