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Silken Threads (Wexford Family #1)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  653 ratings  ·  72 reviews
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
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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
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This KINDLE FREEBIE has great reviews and ratings, and is a RITA AWARD WINNER for best long historical romance/mystery.


Graeham Fox comes to London to rescue his overlord’s daughter from her abusive husband, in return for which he is promised her sister’s hand in marriage and a vast estate—quite a prize for a landless soldier who’s never had a home of his own. Attacked and disabled by a broken leg, he rents a room in the humble home of Joanna Chapma
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
Feb 12, 2015 Angela marked it as 1-click  ·  review of another edition
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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
♡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.
A thoroughly enjoyable adventure/mystery set in medieval times. and okay, I don't remember much about that era from my history lessons, so perhaps there are historical errors, but even if there were, it didn't detract from my enjoyment. Great characters and a decent, twisty plot.
I loathed this version of the cover though.
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
*sex alert*
If you like to read many, many, many accounts of sexual acts between a man and a woman, this is the book for you. The author was repetitive in her matters of romance. After the characters' sexual tensions were told one time, there was no need to repeat it over and over again. Likewise, after describing their copulation one time, there was no need to revisit it ad nauseam. Historical Romance is not my favorite genre, but I shake that tree every now and then. However, it is not the gen
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.
Crys Harris
Nothing but the fact that the author states this book takes place in the middle ages makes me think that. There is no period authenticity except for clothes. It's kind of ridiculous.

That said, Joanna is a nice character. She could do better than Graeham, frankly. Meh.
I'm very stingy with my stars but I decided to go with four because the author has a very pleasant way of stringing words together. The scenes were well constructed, detailed without being wordy. Sometimes the language was a little too modern for the setting but it was done for the sake of connecting the characters to the reader. I "hurray"ed the ending as the characters got what they deserved.

I will look for more by this author. I'd like to see her take on a more complex plot and heighten the
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
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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
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
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
An unfortunate choice. I was looking for a medieval story, after a queue of Regency romances, but there is very little of Middle Ages in the way the characters interact and in the setting (except clothes).

A spark of action is limited to the last 20 per cent of the story, as soon as events precipitate. The rest of the book is only small talking about daily things with no importance. Pages and pages of small talking...
Pity! The plot sounded good and the characters had potential.
Bev Walkling
This book is a RITA award winner and it is easy to see why.The characters were well-developed and the story line engaging.The historical detail felt authentic and I will definitely be interested in reading more in the series. Apparently the story was inspired by the Hitchcock film "Rear Window". I am not familiar with the film so I can't say how close the story lines are but there was enough mystery in this romance to make it just that little bit different from most.
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
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
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
Christina Vanderford
What a great book! I loved the storyline and the main characters. The ending was pretty good. If you like old English romance, this is the perfect book. It won a Rita award and I highly recommend.
Quynh Ho
A very beautiful intricate tale of life and love and humanity. I love all the little detail that goes into the making of this story. All the characters are so lively, so real. I loved it.
Just Ok

This book is not a bad read. But honestly, who really falls in love with someone after just six weeks? That was the downside of this book for me.
A mesmerizing story, characters you can connect with and an unexpected plot twist all make for great reading.
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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
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