You Have to Read This Book:The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Historical Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk is a not to be missed story of Chinese Immigration, love, and how one piece of embroidery can tie it all together.

Submitted: February 19, 2018

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Submitted: February 19, 2018



You Have to Read This Book: The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes


The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes brings history sharply to the present, in a way I was not expecting.  The story is set in in the 1880s as well as in the present day.  Inara Erickson, a recent college graduate, embarking on her first corporate job, has inherited a home on an island from her eccentric aunt.  Visiting the island to prepare the home for sale, brings back a painful past for her.

  Soon she discovers an elaborately embroidered silk sleeve hidden under a loose stair at her aunt’s home and becomes fascinated with the story behind it. As she begins her research she is taken back to the days of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1880 and the story of Mei Lin. whose life is caught up in the hatred and prejudice of the time.

Inara falls in love with her aunt’s home and discovers her true passion is indeed running the hotel her Aunt dreamed of.  Inara also becomes passionate about getting to the bottom of Mei Lin’s story even as she discovers how it darkly intertwines with her own and her boyfriend’s family.

The story line is fascinating and held my attention.  The correlations between what happened to the Chinese immigrants in the story and what is happening with the immigrants today can not be missed.  From the Chinese Exclusion Act to the fear that the Chinese were going to take American jobs, the similarities could not be missed.

The book also educated me on an important part of history which was, if at all, only touched on briefly in High School History class.  Once again, the thought crossed my mind as I closed this book, if only history could be taught through books like this, many more students would become interested in the past.

This is a must read for Historical Fiction fans as well as those who enjoy Current Events.  It makes you realize how history repeats itself in a number of myriad and diverse ways. It’s a book not to be missed.

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