Published by Source Books Landmark on July 7th 2015
Genres: Women's Fiction
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.
In An Oyster Shell- I recommend this book highly, it’s for anyone. It’s a great portrayal of American history and Asian culture.
The Pearls –
This book was devastatingly amazing. It portrayed an unpleasant time in our American history. I knew so little about the hatred toward Asian people. I knew a little bit about Asian bigotry at the time of the building of the railroads… I had no idea it carried on after that to the point they were sending people back to China. I am more enlightened and more compassionate of what some people have gone through due to the hate brewed by prejudice.
The setting of this book was just beautiful. It is set on Orca Islands, in the Puget Sound. It’s so beautiful up there. I felt like that book captured this well. Now I am even more excited to go to the San Juan Islands, someday.
I am not usually a fan of books that cover two timelines. For this book, it was most necessary. I was intrigued by both time lines. The author did an amazing job at weaving the two stories into a fantastic ending. I can’t say enough good things about this book.
There is so much more I could rave about this book but for the sake of brevity take my word for it and read it for yourself.
The Sand – This book is good as is.
I give this book a 5 pearls. I can’t wait for it to come out so I can buy a copy for my adopted mom. This is a must read.