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Book Review: The Girl Who Wrote In Silk

Imagine finding an intricately embroidered sleeve while exploring a relative’s deceased estate.

Inara Erickson unearths this long-forgotten treasure, knowing that she has found something quite special and unique.

With no knowledge of embroidery, Inara looks for help to expose the layers of secrets this piece of art holds.

Mei Lien is a young Chinese girl, whose Grandmother taught her a very valuable skill – the art of silk embroidery, which she uses to depict stories of life and heritage.

Inara needs answers, so she can do what’s right, but those answers may hold tragic truths before she can enjoy a peaceful present.

This tender tale interweaves the past with the present, exploring a little-known era of American history.

A spellbinding story deftly handled by Estes, as beautifully crafted as the silk embroidered sleeve Inara finds, speaking to us of the strength and determination of two women separated by time.

Thoroughly enjoyable, this vibrant novel, published by Sourcebooks Inc. Illinois, in 2015, became an award-winning success for Estes, becoming a USA Today bestseller and the winner of the PNWA Nancy Pearl Award and WFWA Award (debut).

Available in Kindle including an Author’s Note, A Reading Group Guide, and notes from A Conversation With The Author.

And…the embroidery depicted on the front cover is acknowledged in the copyright information.




The Girl Who Wrote In Silk
Kelli Estes
This tender, dual time period novel inspired by true events, highlights the lives of two women through an elaborately stitched sleeve enmeshed with secrets yet to be uncovered.

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