Thursday, July 30, 2015
The Girl Who Wrote In Silk by Kelli Estes - Book Review
About The Book:
The smallest items can hold centuries of secrets... Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core — and force her to make an impossible choice.
Inspired by true events, Kelli Estes's brilliant and atmospheric debut serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing, and the power of our own stories.
I really enjoyed this debut novel from author Kelli Estes. Her storytelling skills are on point as she tells the story of two women whose lives are intertwined despite the century-plus years that separates them - joined together by a piece of exquisitely embroidered silk robe sleeve that tells the tale of love, tragedy, happiness and great sadness.
Kelli uses the voices of her main characters, Inara and Mei Lien, to lead her readers on a journey that is filled with suspense as well as courage for both women. The cast of characters featured here are very personable and the setting of the story on Orca Island off the coast of Washington state is just mesmerizing. Adding in the historical lesson of the treatment of the Chinese on the Pacific Coast back in the late 1800s gives this novel a depth that keeps the reader fascinated.
To say this novel is a page-turner is absolutely true. I kept reading "just one more" chapter to see what was happening in the story until I found myself with the last few pages left and the clock pointing at 6 a.m. - an all-nighter book indeed.
I highly recommend this book for fans of historical and contemporary fiction (the combo of the two works very well here!).
About The Author:
Kelli Estes grew up in the apple country of eastern Washington State before attending Arizona State University. While she loved the desert, she quickly learned that she loves large bodies of water even more so after graduation she moved to Seattle.
Today she lives in a Seattle suburb with her husband and two sons. When not writing, she volunteers at her kids' schools, reads voraciously, travels (or just plays "tourist" in Seattle), goes out to eat, exercises (because of all the eating), and learns about health and nutrition.
Connect with Kelli at www.kelliestes.com or www.facebook.com/KelliEstesAuthor.
My thanks to Sourcebooks for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.