Daughter of Silk

Daughter of Silk

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Daughter of Silk 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Forget the french editor. It is the plot, romance and flow that matters. Highly recommend.
Faye_reviews More than 1 year ago
First of all let me say that I am a huge fan of Ms. Chaikin, so I was totally stoked to receive the sequel to this lovely book, Written on Silk to review. But upon finding that it was a sequel I opted to read the first book first. Rachelle is a lovely young Huguenot grisette, dressmaker in the court of Catherine de Medici, or Madame Serpent, as she is called for her snake-like eyes. Rachelle catches the eyes of the handsome Marquis Fabien, a controversial courtier who's loyalties are questioned. Rachelle becomes a maid of honor for Catherine's daughter Marguerite, and is swept into a world of religious intrigue. As a Huguenot, Rachelle position is precarious at best. Royal intrigues swirl, and betrayal lurks in the house of de Medici. This book is the whole package. Excellent for fans of suspense in a rich historical setting. The book was peppered with French words, that simply "took me there." I admit that it did interrupt the flow of the book a bit to be flipping back and forth to the glossary to find out what French word meant what. But my overall opinion is that it enriched the experience. The historical setting was well researched and the characters were well developed. I shivered whenever Catherine de Medici entered the scene, she was absolutely chilling! This is a book for those among who like suspense, tension, betrayal, and twisting plots. I would caution you though that the setting of this book is not exactly conducive to a morally clean setting, but Ms. Chaikin handled it very nicely. It was just mildly suggested that some of the ladies at court were not very reputable. To be completely honest with you though, this book kept me up late at night, steadily flipping the pages trying to find a "good stopping place," which I couldn't find! I believe that fans of Gilbert Morris, will really like this book. (I'm a huge Gilbert Morris fan).
ReviewsByMolly More than 1 year ago
Linda Lee Chaikin is awesome! She writes with vivid detail and complexity. This story immediately drew me in, especially when I got to visit Catherine De Medici again! Reading C.W. Gortner's Confessions of Catherine De Medici, I became a HUGE fan of her and while this book is about Rachelle, it still visits with the Queen Mother Catherine De Medici and her courts. That was a bonus for me! Rachelle's character was vibrantly created. She falls in love with a forbidden man-someone far, far above her in society. When Rachelle learns of Catherine De Medici's conspiracy against the Huguenots, the suspenseful twists to the plot begin, for Rachelle, in the court as a seamstress to De Medici's daughter, is a Protestant in secret. The man that Rachelle fell in love with, that far above her man, falls in love with her, too, and together they try to stop the plotting of a conspiracy. It all came down to an amazingly written, well researched, and beautifully blended historical, romantic suspenseful novel! Linda Lee Chaikin is a new-to-me author, though with books like this one, she has earned a top spot on my list! This 5 star novel is filled with love, mystery, pain and lots of French history. I highly recommend this to ALL book lovers!
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MizB More than 1 year ago
Although the book was good and a page turner, I couldn't help but be amazed and disappointed in the errors in French! As an award winning author, I thought that editing again and again would be 2nd nature. To keep referring to the hero as a feminine cousin is inexcusable! I noted in her sequel that Ms Chaikin made that tense agree, but then she continues to italicize some French words but not consistently in the same paragraph. It is sloppy editing on a topic that needs more historical exposure. Disagreement of tenses is obvious to even a 1st year French student.
Has she ever approached Amboise? When did the entourage cross the river to approach from the bridge? At some point the Loire must be crossed to approach from the North.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a book for historical fiction lovers. i hated to put the book down and loved the sequel. i am waiting to read the third one and can't wait. i was so entranced with this series and loved the characters. i find it had an excellent romance and shows you how it was back during that time and i highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was passionate and historical, which is sometimes hard to due. The use of French along with English was easy for anyone to understand, and it really enhanced the setting of the novel as well as the imagination. The characters were great and so was the plot. It was completely captivating and enchanting. There were alot of intense emotions and moments, as well as unpredictability. Every fictional and historical aspect was incredibly well done. As you might be able to tell, I loved it. The only thing I don't like is that there is no sequel yet! The book is slightly inconclusive, but I am waiting for the sequel.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a very well-researched novel with intriguing characters, including, of course the evil Catherine d'Medici and the members of her French court. There are many characters, so if you don't follow closely, you may miss the intrigue. The romance is somewhat subdued, but evolves more in Book 2 of the trilogy. The authors voice and the unique perspective make this a novel one I would recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, so, supposedly the main character is Rachelle. I don't think so. The book revovles around about 3 other people, who you dont even care about and with 1 you don't even know who he is. There are so many people mentioned it feels like there isn't even a plot. there is absolutely no romance in this book I just laugh at the authors attempt to make this a good book. The idea is wonderful, but it was totally butchered to pieces. i forced myelf to read this because a friend recommended it to me but it was horrible!! I don't even think that the book takes place in Paris, as the back cover says. Just dont read this book, it is just awful if i ever see it again i will puke on top of it.