A Perfect Silhouette

A Perfect Silhouette

by Judith Miller

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In 1850, Mellicent "Mellie" Blanchard takes a job at a mill in Manchester, New Hampshire, to help support her family. In search of additional earning opportunities, she approaches a daguerreotype shop owner with the proposal that he hire her to make paper cuttings or silhouette portraits for those who can't afford an expensive daguerreotype.

When a particularly charming customer--whose broad smile and twinkling eyes catch her off guard--asks to escort her home, the seeds of romance begin to blossom. All the pieces of her new life seem to have fallen perfectly into place, but when her new venture brings her an unexpected opportunity, she is confronted with the truth that all is not as it seems. Will Mellie, who is keeping secrets of her own, find happiness in the new life she has carved out for herself in the busy mill town?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493418633
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 133,936
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. Judy makes her home near Kansas City, Kansas. Learn more at www.judithmccoymiller.com.
Judith Miller (www.judithmccoymiller.com) is an award-winning writer whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. Judy and her family make their home in Kansas.

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A Perfect Silhouette 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
grammy57 5 months ago
I requested and received this book through NetGalley and Baker Publishing. I am not forced to leave a review either positive or negative. This review is freely given and my own opinion. I enjoy reading books by Judith Miller and I enjoyed this book also. When I started the book, I thought I had previously read it but knew that couldn't be true. I had read a book that involved the millworkers in that region and time period in a different book years ago. The only similarity was the description, a very accurate description, of the mills and working/living conditions. The main characters in this book were well thought out and well-executed.individuals. The storyline was pretty believable also. It is, of course, a fiction book but well done. It is also a Christian fiction and that aspect is also well done. It shows God and a Christian life without being preachy. I do not like reading books that need a lot of editing. Even though this was an advanced reader copy, the editing was well done. Not perfect but almost so. The story was well thought out and flowed smoothly. I was sorry when it ended. I would have liked it to go on a bit more to show what happened to Mellie and her sister. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and would recommend it to anyone wanting to read historical fiction.
Pattistep 5 months ago
I enjoyed this Christian historical novel written by Judith Miller. I immediately felt drawn into Mellie’s story line and appreciated her righteous character and compassionate heart. The author did a great job incorporating details about the time period to help the reader understand the difficult circumstances faced by the ladies who worked in the mills. I had a little bit harder time connecting with Morgan and his parents, but warmed up to them as the story progressed. I’ve always loved Grace Livingston Hill novels and this story reminded me somewhat of those books with a sweet heroine who has an almost impossible financial situation to overcome; and an upstanding guy who looks past her circumstances and sees her true value as a person. I appreciated Mellie’s strong faith and her willingness to sacrifice for others. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Why does there have to be a mean person in our everyday lives? Do some do it for attention? Olive in this story sure does it the wrong way. But she is ok after awhile Some of us can't help our positions in life. There things that draw us into whatever life throws at us. Things that are out if our control and some things we can. Life is all about the choices we make and how we make them. Sometimes when others make a wrong choice it's up to us to help them bail out or bail ourselves out. Love can also find us in the most unusal places or circumstances. The one thing that bothers me is when people lie to get what they want or steal want they want. Most often people get into messes they don't want to. I did learn some things from reading this novel. This is why I love reading Historical fiction. Sometimes these bools can teach you things that you won't learn in the classroom I loved Mellie and Morgan. I loved reading through their ups and downs that life threw at them. I guess that is where you learn to have Faith in the ones you love and trust God for the rest. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley all opinions are my own!!
Kristen_Gwen_Johnson 7 months ago
The Perfect Silhouette by Judith Miller tells the story of Mellie Blanchard as she begins a new life in Manchester, New Hampshire working in a cloth mill. Her family has fallen upon hard times and she must send money back to her widowed sister and her children. The work is long and difficult, but she’s determined to do right by her sister and provide for her as best she can. To make a few extra cents, she also starts working at a local photography shop making sillhouettes. And it’s there that a chance meeting will change her world. Morgan Stark is the only heir of the Stark Mills fortune. But he will not be content to simply sit behind a desk. He wants to investigate what changes could be made to the mill to improve production and conditions for all the workers. The best way he can do that is by not coming in as the bosses son, but undercover as a regular mill worker named William Morgan. When he meets a sweet young woman in a photography shop who does the most beautiful sillhouettes, he can’t help but lose his heart. But what will she think of him when he reveals his true? I enjoyed this book. The characters are sweet and the plot uncomplicated so it’s the perfect read for a lazy afternoon where you simply want a good story to fill your time. I enjoyed the twin sisters at the boardinghouse immensely, and Mr. Harrison was a delight. Things came a little too easily for Mellie, and she didn’t have to work through much conflict, but it was an enjoyable story nonetheless. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. The opinions are my own.
PinkGranny 8 months ago
Judith Miller's A Perfect Silhouette hooked me from the first page. I enjoy historical fiction, especially when it comes alive with believable characters. When I read this book I could see the shoddy boarding house, hear the looms in the factory and see how lives are changed. The simpler times we long for were built on hard work and determination. Life wasn't all work and the author has woven a wonderful story. Our heroine, Mellie, was just one of hundreds of workers recruited for the booming textile industry. The promise of steady wages to send home to her struggling family enticed her to leave everything behind and work at the mill. Once she arrived, she learned that her housing was little more than a shared bed and the promise of a long day working in a loud textile mill. Her determination, like that of so many, developed an industry that played an integral role in our country's future. I heartily recommend this book for the story line, the well developed characters and impeccable research.
simplyannehere 8 months ago
The Perfect Silhouette By Judith Miller Have you read or watched North and South? As I read about the cotton mills and owners verses the workers, I could not help but relate and compare stories. I will say as many similarities as there may seem to be this story was different and quite enjoyable. Mellies life circumstances have changed and rather then feel stuck in the past she dutifully joins the working class to provide for herself and sisters family. Her soft hands and leisure life did not prepare her for the long hard days of the weaver’s room where she now works. Mellie is positive and has put Gods Word in her heart and lives it. Although things started off difficult the relationships, she makes with her fellow workers encourages and changes her. As Mellie adjusts to her changing life, she discovers she can use a skill from her past to make some added income. While working Mellie attracts the attention of a fellow mill worker. Soon Mellie finds herself walking home with Morgan Stark and forging a friendship. Relationships are never simple however and there is more to both Mellie and Morgan’s life that could change everything. Mellie and Morgan learn that God uses regular people to carry out his will. If we are only willing to step forward and live out Gods Word. I really enjoyed this book and found it easy to devour on my recent vacation. Family vacations are not always relaxing but being able to open a good book and be swept away in someone else’s stories made my trip a bit less crazy. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion which I’ve shared here. For more book reviews check out: https://simplyannehere.wordpress.com
honeychile 8 months ago
This interesting book has its historical roots in the U.S. industrial revolution and the integral part the "mill girls" played, at the expense of their health, unfair wages, long hours, no benefits, overmanaged and under constant scrutiny. The reader follows the life of Mellie, who has left a steady but low-paid job to seek higher wages by working in the mills to help her family. I believe Miller's description of mill life is, sadly, accurate. Yet romance blooms there, and Mellie finds herself drawn to another mill worker...one who has a secret. Mellie's hobby of portrait silhouette cutting was another interesting thread that was woven throughout the book. This is also historically accurate as photography eclipsed silhouette portraits, but was too expensive for the budgets of many in its beginning. Themes in this book include family, trust, honor, and the inequity between hard work and prosperity. The book is wholesome and concludes as expected, although I felt some of the plot was a bit contrived. For example, it was hard for me to accept that one character who had caused such a ruckus, and who seemed to have little or no relationship with God, would immediately change and become a model mother after a prayer session with her pastor. I would like to have seen some "becoming" in her transformation. Likewise, the misunderstanding between Mellie and the millworker she grows to care about was drawn out over such a long time that I wanted to shake both characters. And that leads to my final observation about A Perfect Silhouette — as with all of Miller's writing, the reader becomes involved and invested and that's a hallmark of fine writing indeed. Four well-deserved stars from me.
LucyMR1 8 months ago
I’m a Judith Miller fan and love the Historical aspects of her novels. It is so interesting to read of times that our history books never mention in school. While reading this I can imagine how humid and full of lint particles the mills were. You can hear the coughs of the workers and how rushed they were to get to the boarding house to eat and rush back to work. These people had to have a lot of stamina and a desire to work. I can’t imagine how hard it was for Mellie after having a more genteel upbringing and because of choices by her brother in law was forced to provide for her family. I was fascinated to read about her scherenschnitte in a novel as I have made Christmas ornaments using this technique and it was impressive that Mellie could do silhouettes to supplement her income. I love the authors unique writing style and her subplots. This book shows that choices by others affect others, that lying even for a good reason has consequences, & that forgiveness is paramount in a relationship. My only complaint is that I felt like there were unanswered questions where Mellie’s sister was concerned that I wish I knew more about. Maybe a sequel is in the making. I enjoyed this book immensely especially the unique plot line. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher/author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
TheCompulsiveReader7 9 months ago
(4.5 stars) - a cotton mill cinderella story Those familiar with Elizabeth Gaskell's description of England's developing cotton industry in "North and South" will find this book particularly interesting. In this book, we get to see some of the similarities and differences of the industry as compared to America. And we get to see it from the perspective of characters who are working there. It's a little surprising to see how the workers lived then. Their lives were essentially owned & controlled by the company even on their time off to an extent. So patronizing. Like "North and South", this story also has a swoony romance, though our hero and heroine are not conflicted towards each other, nor are they as class conscious as Gaskell's characters. However, they do each have some secrets to deal with. I loved the idea of the heroine's being gifted at paper cutting. I have seen some of it done by a master & it's truly amazing, as well as beautiful. I was bothered just a bit by how quickly, easily & patly their problems were solved. It's not that I want "real life" where mean girls stay mean & interfering mothers alienate their son & his intended, etc, but at times it made the story a little too much fairytale & a little less believable that things were resolved with relatively little resistance or complication. Then again, sometimes that's exactly what we want in our escapist fare. The happily-ever-after was quite sweet. I actually read it twice, lol. *Clean romance level: sweet kisses *Religion: overtly Christian, some will find it preachy
Christianfictionandmore 9 months ago
While quite predictable, A Perfect Silhouette is a sweet romance with a dash of intrigue. Most of the characters are likable, at least by the end of the story. Multiple problems are presented, but are fairly easily solved. Nevertheless, the story is a pleasant read and you won't regret the time spent with it. I am grateful to have received a copy of A Perfect Silhouette from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
MaureenST 9 months ago
I really enjoyed this book, and although I thought I figured out the ending early on. While there is a bit of romance here, there are so many subplots going on, like real life, you will never get bored, and it will keep you page turning. We get an up-close look at the mills that were an important part of the economy on the East Coast, and also see how unpleasant it was to work there. Wonder anyone had hearing left, or lungs, and the humidity and heat! We get a glimpse of life as the workers living in a boarding house, gulping their meals and trudging back to work to do it again. This is a story to get lost in, a great clean summer read! I received this book through Net Galley and Bethany House Publishers, and was not required to give a positive review.
3C 9 months ago
Judith Miller's latest historical tale is illuminating, very moving, and completely absorbing. Heroine Mellie Blanchard, as do many young girls or young adults, works in the mills of New England in the 19th century. Some were orphans and others were, as Mellie, needing to help support their families. The author skillfully presents the feel of the mill environment without creating a negative drag on the story line. Instead, readers focus more on the developing relationship between Mellie and Morgan, the dynamics among the various mill workers who stay in the adjacent boardinghouses, and, also, on Mellie's secondary job as a paper cutter. Paper cutting is a folk art or craft, which is a fascinating subject for those who appreciate history or art. Mellie's skill in the profession adds an extra layer of interest to this story. Having read a number of Judith Miller's books, I find A Perfect Silhouette to be one of my favorites. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.