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Silken Threads (Lords of Conquest) by [Ryan, Patricia, Ryan, P.B.]
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Silken Threads (Lords of Conquest) Kindle Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
Book 5 of 6 in Lords of Conquest (6 Book Series)

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Length: 356 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2620 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Hawkley Books; 2 edition (7 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003X4KW6C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #245,434 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I downloaded this for free some years ago but completely forgot to leave a review at the time. I have just re-read it and have mixed feelings. I don't agree with other reviewers that it was boring and completely predictable. There were a few twists that I didn't expect. But the constant keeping of secrets between the main characters did get a bit tedious. I can understand Joanna pretending that she was still married and not widowed just for her own safety. But Graeham - I didn't expect him to be such a selfish wimp.
I have no idea how factually correct this author is about the way women were treated at that time but I felt that the way she described things was believable and consistent.
And for me, he may not have had a large part in the story but Thomas was the real hero of the day. I loved the way the author included him in the storyline this way.
However I do agree that a) it is very strange that people living in London in the 12th century speak very modern American slang and b) this was not proof read correctly.
Finally I was surprised that a reviewer and the author herself billed this as inspired by Hitchcock's film Rear Window. Sorry - as far as I am concerned the link is so weak that I didn't even make the faintest connection until they mentioned it. And it certainly does not have the suspense or tension that the film did.
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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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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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Easy to pick up and put down without losing the thread. A good read for this type of novel.
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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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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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By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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