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5.0 out of 5 stars A medieval twist on "Rear Window"
Patricia Ryan writes some of the best medieval historical romance novels in the business. SILKEN THREADS is a clever, well-plotted, sexy tale inspired by the Hitchcock film "Read Window." Graeham Fox is in London to fetch home the daughter of his master who suspects she is being abused by her husband, Rolf le Fever. But before Graeham can spirit her away, he...
Published on 6 July 1999

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2.0 out of 5 stars really tried
i got halfway before i gave up reading it was just soooo boring i kept thinking something is gonna happen but it wouldnt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A medieval twist on "Rear Window", 6 July 1999
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This review is from: Silken Threads (Mass Market Paperback)
Patricia Ryan writes some of the best medieval historical romance novels in the business. SILKEN THREADS is a clever, well-plotted, sexy tale inspired by the Hitchcock film "Read Window." Graeham Fox is in London to fetch home the daughter of his master who suspects she is being abused by her husband, Rolf le Fever. But before Graeham can spirit her away, he is brutally attacked. Rescued by a stranger, he is taken to the home of the man's sister, Joanna Chapman, a merchant's wife. Close to being destitute, Joanna agrees to let Graeham rent her storeroom while his broken leg heals. The storeroom just happens to have a perfect view of le Fever's home, allowing Graeham to observe all manner of comings and goings, as well as his beautiful landlady whom he can't help but fall in love with. Hitchcock's movie is fun, but Patricia Ryan's SILKEN THREADS is fun and sexy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read, 11 July 2011
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It's the first Patricia Ryan novel I've read, and I really enjoyed it. Set in 12th century London, a fine, if light hearted tale of knights, lepars, lovers and attempted murder! The only reason I didn't give it five stars was the hilarious use of Americanisms throughout. eg. A silk merchant calling his former lover a "Goddamed crazy bitch" and the gardens were referred to as "out back". It makes me wonder if some Kindle novels are ever proof read? Anyway It was FREE, I enjoyed it, and loved the characters - Hope you will too!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really quite good, 3 July 2011
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Given that this is a freebie, I was extremely pleasantly surprised. It was well-written (at least, I didn't spot any drastic mistakes), well characterised and the plot was entertaining. As a mystery it wasn't 'that' mysterious and the end was slightly hokey (I found myself thinking 'What??'), but that didn't detract from a nice romance that was well placed in its context. I get irritated by historical romance writers who so obviously have not researched the period they are using, but this didn't happen here. I'm sure there were instances where things weren't entirely accurate, but they didn't grate or jump out at me (but then, I'm not a medieval expert anyway).
An enjoyable read, and I'll read more of this author - unlike some of the freebies around, she's worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silken Threads, 30 Aug 2011
Loved it! Read it in a day and couldn't put it down, real page turner. Had a proper story line, as well as the romance and well written. Now going to look for more of her books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read!, 24 Aug 2011
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This is my first historical romance ive read and throughly enjoyed it! Silken Threads made for an exciting read with me staying up till early hours, it had everything to keep you reading love, passion, heartache etc this may have been my first historical romance but certainly wont be my last! I've just downloaded the sequel The Sun and The Moon cant wait to read it, i'll also be reading more of Patricia Ryan's novels
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down, 20 Aug 2011
The setting and characters are so very vividly described that it really takes you back to medieval times and you feel you're the one looking through a window at them. Good story line with some suprises although perhaps the end was just a bit too obvious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging medieval romance, 23 Dec 2007
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This was an entertaining take on the Rear Window idea of an injured man (broken leg) whiling his time away by watching the actions of the neighborhood from his window. During an attempt to remove his lord's illegitimate daughter from her abusive husband, Graeham is set upon and seriously wounded. Rescued by Hugh, he is taken to Hugh's sister's home for medical attention. Of course, the widowed Joanna is beautiful and sparks fly as their attraction to each other grows.

The book is also interspersed with interesting characters. Adam the urchin with a mystery of his own, Thomas the leper, Joanna's brother Hugh (apparently he has his own book in the sequel The Sun and the Moon), and most especially Joanna's cats. I loved the touch the author put in about the one cat who was always afraid of males, but came to be "best pals" with Graeham. The author also keeps you guessing on a few plot twists, although like another reviewer I felt one of them was a bit hard to swallow. I also felt that Graeham was a bit too, well, um, athletic in the bedroom for one with splints on his healing broken leg.

The Rear Window twist was a refreshing change from your standard historical romance and the period details felt more authentic than you see in most books of this genre as well. My minor quibbles aside, this book was very engaging while I was reading it, but I didn't find it sticking with me long after reading it, nor wanting to go back and reread a few favorite parts as I usually do with my favorite romances. 3.5 stars rounded up to four.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story with a couple of surprises at the end, 8 Aug 1999
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This story seemed to come to life right before my eyes. I could see the house where Graeham was recuperating from the beating by a couple of thugs sent by !@#$ to kill him. I could see both Graeham and Joanna falling in love. Even the secondary characters were brought to life, and I shed a tear for Thomas. I can't wait for the sequil.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo!!, 2 Jun 1999
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Bravo, Pat Ryan! You've done it again! A beautiful love story with sweet, endearing characters set against the colourful world of medieval England. Joanna and Graeham were terrific together: loving, tender, hot and sexy. Only you know how to make medieval times sizzle! And now to know that next year will be Hugh and Phillippa's story- I can hardly wait!! You're the best!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic, Suspenseful and Well-Written, 10 Aug 1999
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A well-written, suspenseful, and romantic remake of Hitchcock's "Rear Window" set in medieval London. SILKEN THREADS is a compulsively readable romance and an intriguing mystery. The main characters are sympathetic and the sexual tension between them palpable. There are several interesting supporting characters as well, and I look forward to seeing more of the heroine's brother in Ms. Ryan's next book.
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