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Silken Threads (Wexford Family #1)

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In this award-winning medieval romance inspired by Hitchcock's Rear Window, a wounded soldier heals in the London home of a young widow who steals his heart—but his future rests on an arranged marriage to his lord's daughter. Originally published by NAL, Silken Threads won Romance Wrters of America’s RITA Award, was nominated by RT BookReviews for Best Historical Romantic...more
ebook, 340 pages
Published July 10th 2010 by Smashwords Edition (first published June 1st 1999)
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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 interspers...more
When I discovered that an author's whose works I liked had written a series of books set in medieval times that were a bit of an homage to Hitchcock films, I immediately thought 'how friggin' cool is that?'

So I picked this one up and dug right in. This book is an homage to Hitchcock's Rear Window. In that movie, Jimmy Stewart plays Jeff, a photographer who is laid up in his apartment in a wheelchair with a broken leg. While there he has a front row seat to all the goings all with all his neighb...more
Mary B.
I enjoyed this book very much. The writing was excellent, and the story kept me interested from beginning to end. I loved the characters, especially Joanna, who was a true heroine in every sense of the word. Graeham was a good hero, too, because he was REAL and human and genuinely flawed. We got to spend a lot of time in his head, hearing his thoughts and feeling his feelings. I love when authors do this, and it really made me feel closer to the characters and care more deeply about them. The se...more
Fairly decent little romance novel.

It takes place in medieval times and doesn't actually involve any lords/ladies/aristocracy (really). The plot is pretty simple - bastard sellsword goes to England from France to rescue a Lord's daughter from a shitty marriage. Unfortunately, he gets beaten and saved by another knight. His leg is broken and he has to recoup for 2 months til he can find a way to rescue the damsel-in-distress (who may or may not be getting slowly poisoned to death by her a-hole hu...more
Based on Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, I enjoyed this story much better. I can't say that I was ever a fan of that movie; maybe it was because in my mind Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly never seemed to mix well together nor did the plot, as written, ever sufficiently seize my imagination. Here, in Silken Threads Patricia Ryan has not only succeeded in the retelling but far surpassed it. If you're in the mood for a good mystery/suspense set in medieval times, this is it. Also, there is a followup...more
Aug 23, 2013 Anne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Historical fiction lovers
This is a very good read. Roughly based on "rear Window" it tells the story of Graeham Fox, a landless soldier who works for a French lord and is charged with finding the Lord's daughter who has married a loutish man and he feel she is in trouble. While trying to get into the man's house, Graeham is set upon by murderers and barely escapes, thanks to an intercessor, with only a broken eg and some broken ribs. His savior takes him to his sister who conveniently lives next door to the daughter of...more
i really love this novel, i cant wait to read the next on on Hugh the older brother. Sweet story and keeps u guessing in whats going on. it builds up the feeling between the leads slowly but passionately, the writer is really good in giving me a clear idea of life during that time.
♡Karlyn P♡
4.5 stars. Another great medieval romance by Patricia Ryan. Not as good as Heaven's Fire, but still better than most in this category.
Pam H
Graeham is an illegitimate son of a rich English baron. Raised by the church, he is sent at 14 to France to serve and in his line of duty, comes back to London to rescue his employer's daughter. Upon completion of the mission, he will be betrothed to the girls twin and given land and herd to start a life of their own. Upon arrival in London, plans are disrupted when he is injured but he is helped by Hugh, a mercenary who happens along at a most opportune moment. Hugh brings Graeham to his sister...more
There is a reason why Silken Threads (published in 1999) by Patricia Ryan won the 2000 RITA award for best historical novel. It's good! Oh sure, when I reread the book I did notice some anachronistic terms; however the book is so steeped in medieval atmosphere that I chose to ignore them.

This story takes place in 1165, a time period woefully neglected. We have Graeham Fox, a bastard soldier of fortune, and Joanna Chapman, a widow and a down-on-her-luck silk merchant. Here's the quick plot: Graeh...more
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This was one thoroughly great read. Sure, it had weaknesses, but overall, the book was good enough to make me forget them. First, it really didn't feel like it was set in the 12th century--more like the 18th or 19th--so I just pretended it was. Second, the mystery plot seemed to drag in the second quarter, when the hero, laid up with a broken leg, can't do much beside observe, not a great thing in an adventure/mystery/romance. It must be a most difficult thing for a writer is to figure out how t...more
This is a historical novel - I enjoyed this book and will be looking forward to the next book - Joanna's brother :D

There are a few scenes that I felt really entertained, especially with the boy, Adam, that Graeham encountered while recovering... Oh I just got carried away - Graeham came to London to bring his boss' illegitimate daughter back from her husband who was horrible toward her (no physical abuse, but he got upset with his father-in-law when he found out that she was illegitimate which...more
Shelley Hoerauf
This book was very well done and I'd highly recommend it. It's the first book I've ever read by Patricia Ryan & it won't be the last, I've already ordered The Sun And The Moon (which is the next book in the Wexford series-it's Hugh & Phillipa's story ). I enjoyed the book from the start. The characters were well done and likable except for Rolf le Fever & Prewitt. The hero Graeham Fox wasn't a perfect in the sense that he kept secrets from Joanna and he also manipulated her into spyi...more
An enjoyable romance in a medieval setting. unlike most medieval romances, Silken Threads focuses not on great land barons but merchants in London and some minor gentry, giving a gritty, realistic and unique view of life in London ca 1100s.

I thought the heroine, Joanna, was great, independent and strong. The secondary characters were fleshed out and tied well into the story. The author included Thomas Harper among the characters and I applaud her for this; Thomas is a leper which is rather dari...more
Another fantastic book by Patricia Ryan. I'm getting sad, though, that I'm almost finished reading all of her books and really wish she were still writing historical romances. She's great at building up tension and creating believable and likeable characters.

The hero Graeham is not without his flaws. His desire to own land is foremost in his plans until he meets the widow Joannna who lets him board in her house while he recuperates from a broken leg. Over the ensuing weeks, Graeham slowly falls...more
I really enjoyed this free read. This is written so well ... and everything was such a mystery. When I first downloaded the book, I thought there would be more romance, but the mystery of what was going on with the characters is what captivated me ... it made so much sense when I read that her idea for the book came from a Hitchcock film. There certainly was enough romance in the book. I absolutely adore the level of romance in medieval and historical romance books. There can be so much passion...more
Dianne Sidebottom
the sexual language in the book is not my regular style however not to be prudish the story line was a good mix of mystery in the plot. Is their poison in the so called medicine, does it really take over 6 months to get over a cold malady. hmmmm Just who is Graeham Fox's parents? To be hungry enough to sell your body for tuppence. I believe hard times for those who had no money? Is it a boy or girl sleeping in the stables as their parents had died. history from 1800's England/ France era
Nancy Bennett
Graham and Joanna are thrown together and the sexual tension builds between them. This is a sensual book that builds slowly and the sex doesn't come until much later. I enjoyed the characters, the plot, and the writing, but I thought the ending was tied up to quickly. After all that had happened and how the characters were portrayed throughout, it just felt too, um, forced or something. I can't quite put my finger on it; it ends the way you expect - and want - but it just felt un-satisfying to m...more
Meredith Stoddard
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I knew of the Rear Window connection, but I didn't find that to determine how I felt about the book. It was very entertaining and well-written as a stand alone book.

It's a sad fact of "chick lit" that these books tend to be overly descriptive with unnatural (clunky) dialogue. I did not find that to be true with this book. I found the characters to be believably drawn and the story moved at a natural pace.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoy...more
Years after reading this it is still my favorite Historical Romance. Sensual yet classy! Loved it!
I heard a lot of good things about Ryan's medieval romance. And this book really is quite good. It should have been great, it has promises. I just find how the hero treated the heroine hard to stomach. He lied to her till the very end, and got off too easily. The heroine, Joanna, after displaying many strenghts of character, felt a bit like a pushover at the end. I was planning on Patricia Ryan medieval glom, and Silken Threads was supposed to the first, the one to ignite the sequence. Instead (...more
Part of the Wounded Heroes anthology.
This was a free kindle book. It is a historical romance novel with a plot borrowed from a familiar Hitchcock movie. I liked the concept and enjoyed the story. Graham Fox rents a room from Joanna after his leg is broken in a vicious attack. He wpends the next two months recouperating with nothing to do but stare out the window and observe and eavesdrop on her neighbors. There is also a sequel to this novel which borrows another plot from another Hitchcock movie.
This is not my usual genre but it was a freebie so I gave it a try. Overall, it was good but then it dipped into the ridiculous descriptions of anatomy such as describing the female anatomy as a chamber. Just say what it is without the coy euphemisms. Obviously you knew the book would end in a HEA but I like a litte twist with the HEA.

Like I said before, it was a 3 star read but it did not make me want to read the second in the series.
Very enjoyable. There is a lot going on in this one, and it seemed to
take a while for the h/h to recognize their feelings, but it was very
satisfying when it happened. It was particularly interesting to see the
lives of a different part of society than we ordinarily see in
historicals; while both the hero and heroine have ties to the upper
classes, the story is set among merchants.
Overall I liked this book. I was a little bored through the first 3/4's of it, and then towards the end I couldn't put it down. Until they gave in to each other, there just was nothing exciting going on. Towards the end I could really feel the emotion. I physically felt heartache and happiness and loved the way the author wrapped things up. That made it worth the read for me.
I have enjoyed Patricia Ryan's books, "Falcon's Fire" and "Heaven's Fire", but I was not as crazy about this one.

For me, it was too much descriptive sex. Sometimes, it seems like a writer uses fillers of sex to lengthen a book, and that is what I felt about this one. I know that "Sex Sells", but it is a shame they have to ruin a really good book with all the graphic details.
Something completely different for me, but hey it was a kindle freebie...

Rear Window is moved to a medieval setting and a soldier may have to choose between love and the future he's alway dreamt of. I liked this well enough but have to agree with other reader's nits - not coming clean with the object of his affection before becoming intimate and the overly tidy HEA.
Elaine Dowling
It was a good read. The romance worked well. There was enough historical detail that it had some real medieval flavor to it, but you couldn't really call it historical. A good chunk of the atmosphere would qualify, although it was way too clean; but the characters and their motivations would not. Still, it wasn't a bad way to spend a Friday night.
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Patricia Burford Ryan (born August 9, 1954 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States) is an American writer of romance novels as Patricia Ryan, mystery novels as P.B. Ryan and erotica novels as Louisa Burton. She is the twin sister of the romance writer Pamela Burford. She al...more
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