The Girl Who Wrote in Silk
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The Girl Who Wrote in Silk


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.

Title:The Girl Who Wrote in Silk
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:391 pages

    The Girl Who Wrote in Silk Reviews

  • Kelli Estes
    Jul 09, 2015

    I wrote this book and hope you enjoy it!...

  • Lori
    Nov 24, 2015

    What a fabulous debut novel. This incorporated everything that I love about historical fiction. A historical period/event I knew nothing about, characters I could root for and a convincing story tying...

  • Lindsay
    Aug 28, 2015

    I liked this book, but I didn't love it. I wanted to, but the plot was too predictable and the characters kind of annoying and unbelievable, in some ways. It depicts a fascinating period in American h...

  • Jessica
    Jun 06, 2016

    I closed the book with a tightness in my throat and sorrow in my chest. The main thought swirling in my head was "People really never change". Maybe I'm feeling hypersensitive after all the horrible ...

  • Cristine
    Dec 10, 2015

    This book is an easy read and the story is compelling and I found myself very drawn into it. However, the writing itself is very cliche, bordering on cheesy at points. I did very much enjoy learning a...

  • Stacey
    Feb 15, 2017

    Set in the Seattle area this a page turner that goes back and forth from the late 1800's in Washington Territory to present. Inara is lured back to Orcas Island where her mother passed away and to ins...

  • Ashley
    Sep 16, 2016

    I started listening to this book when the audiobook I was listening to (The Deerslayer) became too slow for me to be able to pay attention to while driving. A co-worker recommended this story to me a ...

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Jun 02, 2015

    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...

  • Connie
    Dec 30, 2016

    3.5 stars. Inara inherited her aunt's waterfront estate on Orcas Island in Washington state. While examining a loose stair, she found a beautiful piece of fabric embroidered with Chinese symbols and d...

  • Cherie
    Jun 14, 2016

    I have been thinking about this book all day. It really is a compelling, feel good story. I really do not like sappy romance novels although sometimes they can be a fun read. This is NOT a sappy roman...

About Kelli Estes

Kelli Estes

Kelli Estes grew up in the apple country of Eastern Washington before attending Arizona State University where she learned she'd be happiest living near the water, so she moved to Seattle after graduation. Today she lives in a Seattle suburb with her husband and two sons. When not writing, Kelli loves volunteering at her kids' schools, reading (of course!), traveling (or playing tourist in Seattle