genre: adult historical fiction
On an island in the Pacific Northwest, Inara is embarking upon an ambitious renovation project when she finds an unexpected treasure: an intricately embroidered silk sleeve. The origin of this sleeve is a mystery that won't leave her thoughts.
In the Seattle of the late 19th century lives Mei Lien, a Chinese girl whose fate will lead her to an island and a life that will be shaped by a solid cultural history seeped in love and honor but also racism and a fear that is always clawing at the surface.
This books reminds me of those I enjoy by Susanna Kearsly, spanning two different time periods, with a nice romantic thread. I really liked the family history theme and getting a chance to learn about a place and time that was unfamiliar to me. There were a few plot holes and a couple too perfect coincidences, but in general, I liked reading about both Inara and Mei Lien. The plot moved along quickly enough and even though I guessed several of the reveals ahead of time (and it was vaguely repetitive), it was still a nice place to loose myself for a while.