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Overview In a city gone diabolically mad, Rachelle Dushane-Macquinet, a celebrated couturiere, returns to the Louvre Palais to create the royal wedding gown, but when she is recruited into the evil Queen Mother's ring of women spies, Rachelle must find a way to preserve her honor--and the lives of her fellow Huguenots. Original. 20,000 first printing.
Publishers Description A royal wedding masks the unfolding of Catherine de Medici's murderous plot against the Huguenots. Will any of the Huguenot princes survive? Life and death rest with two people ...Rachelle Dushane-Macquinet, couturiere from a celebrated silk-making family, has come back to the Louvre Palais to create the royal wedding gown. Recruited into the evil Queen Mother's ring of women spies, she must use her wits to preserve her honor---and the lives of her fellow Huguenots.Marquis Fabien de Vendome has also returned from a buccaneering venture against Spain. The Queen Mother plans to implicate him in an assassination. But Fabien has designs of his own.A man and a woman caught up in history's deadly swirl and love's uncertainties seek to escape the venom of Madame le Serpent. Faith in Christ must uphold them, and all who stand alone, in a city gone diabolically mad.
Community Description A royal wedding masks the unfolding of Catherine de Medici's murderous plot against the Huguenots. Will any of the Huguenot princes survive? Life and death rest with two people... Rachelle Dushane-Macquinet, couturiere from a celebrated silk-making family, has come back to the Louvre Palais to create the royal wedding gown. Recruited into the evil Queen Mother's ring of women spies, she must use her wits to preserve her honor---and the lives of her fellow Huguenots.
Marquis Fabien de Vendome has also returned from a buccaneering venture against Spain. The Queen Mother plans to implicate him in an assassination. But Fabien has designs of his own. A man and a woman caught up in history's deadly swirl and love's uncertainties seek to escape the venom of Madame le Serpent. Faith in Christ must uphold them, and all who stand alone, in a city gone diabolically mad.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2007
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Silk House
ISBN 0310263018 ISBN13 9780310263012 UPC 025986263010
Availability 0 units.
More About Linda Lee Chaikin
LINDA LEE CHAIKIN has written over thirty top selling books, including The Silk House series and For Whom the Stars Shine, a finalist for the prestigious Christy Award. Two of her novels have been awarded the Silver Angel Award for excellence. Linda is a graduate of Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and taught neighborhood Bible classes for many years. She and her husband make their home in Northern California where her favorite recreations are reading and taking vacations where the wind blows through lonely deserts and ghost towns.
Linda Lee Chaikin currently resides in the state of California. Linda Lee Chaikin was born in 1943.
Reviews - What do customers think about Written On Silk (Silk House V2)?
Not a bad followup but too dark at times. Dec 30, 2007
This was an interesting follow up to Daughter of Silk. Although at times it seemed as though the characters just experienced tragedy after tragedy from the start, with no let up at all. I think the author could have shown how the characters relied on their faith in God without so many endless bad things happening to them. The historical background was very interesting and I liked the continuation of the romance. I guess I'lll see how it all wraps up in the final two books in the series before really judging this book. Hopefully there is at least some resolution of all the plot lines and some happiness in the main characters' lives.
Moving and Well-Told... For the Most Part Sep 30, 2007
Don't let the quintessential run-of-the-mill Christian fiction cover and title fool you - this book is no ordinary "inspirational novel." This is the second in Chaikin's Silk House trilogy, a series written about a young Huguenot woman named Rachelle Macquinet, who lives during the sixteenth century. Never heard of a Huguenot? They were French Protestants who had responded to the Reformation, particularly under the influence of John Calvin from Geneva, by changing their allegiance from Catholicism. They faced much persecution from a Catholic monarchy.
This is the moving, well-told account of one family's struggle to withstand the persecution and intrigue surrounding their life in France. The only reason I don't give the novel five stars is because the grammar is stilted and faulty at times, and the story can get overly complicated with too many subplots, confusing character names, and unfamiliar French words. However, those are minor issues - especially since some of the best fiction works in history are complicated as well. I wholeheartedly recommend this excellent and biblically sound book.
Another great addition to the Silk House series! May 18, 2007
Murder, intrigue, betrayal in the palaces of 16th century France. Catherine De Medici, the ruthless queen regent, plots to maintain her power while trying to rid the influence of the Guise brothers who are controlling her son, King Francis II. Rachelle is caught in her path while being the maid of honour to Catherine's daughter, Margo. Linda did an excellent job on the research of the time period and the emotions and the plotting of both the historical characters and fictional characters are well-written and believeable. And now there is an announcement that there are going to be four books in this series. The story is building up...and we need to find out what happens next for Fabien and Rachelle.
A moving portrayal of French History... May 2, 2007
I really liked this book, but am now sitting in extreme anticipation for the third book, which doesn't come out till December!! I have to agree somewhat with the other comment. This book does leave you hanging quite a bit, and I would probably also recommend waiting to read this with the third book; however, this series is supposed to have FOUR books, not three, so you might be waiting a while before you're completely satisfied.
With that said, it is no wonder that the plot is built up so much in this book because a lot of things are still going to happen in the next two books. This book really moved me, and helped me appreciate what so many have gone through for freedom to worship as they wish. I also love the continuation of the relationship between Fabien and Rachelle, and the addition of James Hudson and Bertrand, though I am a little skeptical of what happens at the end, and sometimes Rachelle's behavior towards Fabien is rather maddening.
Overall, though, I would say this book is thoroughly enjoyable, and I will enjoy rereading the first two books when the others come out. I also haven't minded learning a little French along the way. Linda does better with the French terms in the second book, in not using them quite as much, and using terms that are easier to figure out(because they're very similar to the English terms for the same things). I definitely recommend this book!
A lot of build up... Apr 30, 2007
History. Tragedy. Intrigue. Piracy. Romance. Murder. Inquisition. Royal Plotting. Imprisonment. Suspense. Jealousy. Love. Betrayal. There is a lot going on in Written on Silk (second book of the Silk House series). So much potential. But it is mostly just an upward slope, building to a great climax that never comes. At least not in this book.
I like the idea of this book. Having taken French for seven years, the interspersed French words didn't bother me. But I can easily see how it would turn off many people. Granted the first time a word is introduced it is in italics and there is a handy glossary in the beginning of the book, but having to look up words breaks up the pace of the story- slowing you down from reading it and slowing down the momentum of the story.
That being said, the plot is aggravating. There is a LOT of build up but no real climax or resolution. A lot of the story is being saved for, what I'm assuming is, the third and final book. The Macquinet family is struck by tragedy early on in the book. A Huguenot massacre occurs. A family member is killed by the Queen Mother. Another is unknowlingly putting herself in danger of being a pawn- a means to an indetermine end. And yet after all this there is no climax- no "ultimate battle", if you will, between Catherine de Medici and the Huguenots (or just the Macquinets, Fabian). I'm assuming this action is being saved for the next book. A lot happens plot-wise; story-wise there isn't much development. Rachelle is portrayed as vengeful, petty, capricious, and wishy-washy (particularly in her feelings for Fabian). On a happy note, their relationship does make a "flying leap" into another stage of their lives.
This installment was an overall disappointment. Right when the action is so close to reaching its climax, it ends. A HUGE cliffhanger. Usually this would make you wait with bated breath for the conclusion, but on top the already 200+ pages of build-up, you want SOMETHING big to happen. Ending at that point is aggravating, to say the least. After reading all that, you want some resolution. But instead all that we're given is a pithy, one-sided page epilogue.
I think the second book is mostly a waste- filler until the next book comes out. I'm hoping the action picks up. Well it'd better because there's a lot left to resolve. Like her East of the Sun trilogy, there is some slow moving points-too much exposition on boring points and not enough dialogue to keep it moving. Fans of the first Silk House book may be as disappointed as I was. Maybe not. Maybe I'm a minority. Though, to save others the frustration, I would suggest waiting until the last book is out so you can read them together. I'm hoping the story will read better as an unit because reading one by one is going up (good for the first) and down (with the second).