A Perfect Silhouette
In 1850, Mellicent "Mellie" Blanchard takes a job at a mill in Manchester, New Hampshire, to help support her family. In search of additional earning opportunities, she approaches a daguerreotype shop owner with the proposal that he hire her to make paper cuttings or silhouette portraits for those who can't afford an expensive daguerreotype.When a particularly charming customer--whose broad smile and twinkling eyes catch her off guard--asks to escort her home, the seeds of romance begin to blossom. All the pieces of her new life seem to have fallen perfectly into place, but when her new venture brings her an unexpected opportunity, she is confronted with the truth that all is not as it seems. Will Mellie, who is keeping secrets of her own, find happiness in the new life she has carved out for herself in the busy mill town?

A Perfect Silhouette Details

TitleA Perfect Silhouette
Author
ReleaseAug 6th, 2019
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764232206
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Fiction

A Perfect Silhouette Review

  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book, and although I thought I figured out the ending early on. While there is a bit of romance here, there are so many subplots going on, like real life, you will never get bored, and it will keep you page turning.We get an up-close look at the mills that were an important part of the economy on the East Coast, and also see how unpleasant it was to work there. Wonder anyone had hearing left, or lungs, and the humidity and heat!We get a glimpse of life as the workers living I really enjoyed this book, and although I thought I figured out the ending early on. While there is a bit of romance here, there are so many subplots going on, like real life, you will never get bored, and it will keep you page turning.We get an up-close look at the mills that were an important part of the economy on the East Coast, and also see how unpleasant it was to work there. Wonder anyone had hearing left, or lungs, and the humidity and heat!We get a glimpse of life as the workers living in a boarding house, gulping their meals and trudging back to work to do it again.This is a story to get lost in, a great clean summer read!I received this book through Net Galley and Bethany House Publishers, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Judith Miller is one of my favorite authors and I will grab her books to read, especially when I need some down-time. But when I read A Perfect Silhouette, I was thoroughly disappointed. There was so much Judith left unfinished. Maybe she was leaving room for a sequel to this book, or to make a series, but there were unresolved issues in the plot and I cannot give this book more than three stars.Mellie has moved to Manchester, NH, to work in the textile mills so that she can help support her sis Judith Miller is one of my favorite authors and I will grab her books to read, especially when I need some down-time. But when I read A Perfect Silhouette, I was thoroughly disappointed. There was so much Judith left unfinished. Maybe she was leaving room for a sequel to this book, or to make a series, but there were unresolved issues in the plot and I cannot give this book more than three stars.Mellie has moved to Manchester, NH, to work in the textile mills so that she can help support her sister. As part of her job at the mill, she has to live in a boarding house run by someone employed by the mill to offer a bed to sleep in and three or four meals a day. There are a strict curfew and rules about church attendance and general conduct. That much doesn't bother Mellie so much, but she knows she needs to make more money than just her wages at the mill.Shopping with the girls one night, Mellie sees a photography studio and goes into the store to see if the owner would like to have her do scherenschnitte silhouettes for customers who cannot afford photographic portraits. As a demonstration of her skill, she does a silhouette of the owner in just a few moments. They come to an agreement where she pays him two cents out of every silhouette she sells. It is absolutely a great boon for his business.While working one night, she meets Morgan Stark, the son of the owner of the mill where Mellie works. He is working under an assumed name at the mill so that he can get a feel for the conditions the employees are working under. Because he is an engineer, he is included on a project for a circular loom that makes seamless fabric for feed bags.Even though Morgan is falling in love with Mellie, he still has to keep his identity protected but his guilt over not telling Mellie the whole truth is eating him inside out. When she does find out, it is in the most awkward way possible and Morgan has a long row to hoe to win her back. Like I said before, the book has an abrupt ending. Throughout the book, I got the feeling that something was wrong with Mellie's sister, but there is no resolution there. There are several other girls who have some unresolved issues as well, and the reuniting of Mellie and Morgan isn't as satisfying as it could have been. It is almost as if the author got to the point where she had enough pages and just tied a bow on it. I am hoping that there will be more novels to come out to make this a series and fill in some of the gaps.My thanks go to Bethany House and NetGalley.com for allowing me to read and review this book. Three stars
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  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    I’m a Judith Miller fan and love the Historical aspects of her novels. It is so interesting to read of times that our history books never mention in school. While reading this I can imagine how humid and full of lint particles the mills were. You can hear the coughs of the workers and how rushed they were to get to the boarding house to eat and rush back to work. These people had to have a lot of stamina and a desire to work. I can’t imagine how hard it was for Mellie after having a more genteel I’m a Judith Miller fan and love the Historical aspects of her novels. It is so interesting to read of times that our history books never mention in school. While reading this I can imagine how humid and full of lint particles the mills were. You can hear the coughs of the workers and how rushed they were to get to the boarding house to eat and rush back to work. These people had to have a lot of stamina and a desire to work. I can’t imagine how hard it was for Mellie after having a more genteel upbringing and because of choices by her brother in law was forced to provide for her family. I was fascinated to read about her scherenschnitte in a novel as I have made Christmas ornaments using this technique and it was impressive that Mellie could do silhouettes to supplement her income. I love the authors unique writing style and her subplots. This book shows that choices by others affect others, that lying even for a good reason has consequences, & that forgiveness is paramount in a relationship. My only complaint is that I felt like there were unanswered questions where Mellie’s sister was concerned that I wish I knew more about. Maybe a sequel is in the making. I enjoyed this book immensely especially the unique plot line. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher/author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Why does there have to be a mean person in our everyday lives? Do some do it for attention? Olive in this story sure does it the wrong way. But she is ok after awhileSome of us can't help our positions in life. There things that draw us into whatever life throws at us. Things that are out if our control and some things we can. Life is all about the choices we make and how we make them. Sometimes when others make a wrong choice it's up to us to help them bail out or bail ourselves out.Love can al Why does there have to be a mean person in our everyday lives? Do some do it for attention? Olive in this story sure does it the wrong way. But she is ok after awhileSome of us can't help our positions in life. There things that draw us into whatever life throws at us. Things that are out if our control and some things we can. Life is all about the choices we make and how we make them. Sometimes when others make a wrong choice it's up to us to help them bail out or bail ourselves out.Love can also find us in the most unusal places or circumstances.The one thing that bothers me is when people lie to get what they want or steal want they want.Most often people get into messes they don't want to.I did learn some things from reading this novel. This is why I love reading Historical fiction.Sometimes these bools can teach you things that you won't learn in the classroomI loved Mellie and Morgan. I loved reading through their ups and downs that life threw at them.I guess that is where you learn to have Faith in the ones you love and trust God for the rest.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley all opinions are my own!!
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  • Miranda Atchley
    January 1, 1970
    With nods to North and South, Judith Miller’s A Perfect Silhouette is a sweet historical romance. Being a fan of Gaskell’s classic novel, I loved reading about a factory worker who falls in love with the mill owner. I liked both our hero, Morgan, and our heroine, Mellie, and enjoyed reading about their romance as it gently unfolded. Mellie’s riches-to-rags story and the secret of Morgan’s identity gave a deft nod to the Cinderella story, which I appreciated, while adding more depth to the plot a With nods to North and South, Judith Miller’s A Perfect Silhouette is a sweet historical romance. Being a fan of Gaskell’s classic novel, I loved reading about a factory worker who falls in love with the mill owner. I liked both our hero, Morgan, and our heroine, Mellie, and enjoyed reading about their romance as it gently unfolded. Mellie’s riches-to-rags story and the secret of Morgan’s identity gave a deft nod to the Cinderella story, which I appreciated, while adding more depth to the plot and kept the reader guessing as to how things would unfold. A well rounded cast of supporting characters as well as a quaint New England setting provided a cozy backdrop for this endearing story. Overall, I really enjoyed this book.Fans of sweet, inspirational historical romance will love A Perfect Silhouette.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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  • E
    January 1, 1970
    I remember seeing the shop on Main Street in Disneyland. The shop that had a lady cutting silhouettes for other tourists. I have always thought that it looked like such a fun thing to buy for a souvenir but also to learn to do myself. It looks like such a neat craft! And then, I saw a book about a silhouette cutter, so of course I had to read it! But there was so much more to this book than just silhouette cutting, so here you go. The five things I loved most about A Perfect Silhouette by Judith I remember seeing the shop on Main Street in Disneyland. The shop that had a lady cutting silhouettes for other tourists. I have always thought that it looked like such a fun thing to buy for a souvenir but also to learn to do myself. It looks like such a neat craft! And then, I saw a book about a silhouette cutter, so of course I had to read it! But there was so much more to this book than just silhouette cutting, so here you go. The five things I loved most about A Perfect Silhouette by Judith Miller.The historical details. If you’ve read any other reviews I’ve done for other books, you know that I love history and get super excited when I find a book that has so many historical details. This book is packed with them. I read it in ebook form, but I’m pretty sure if I had a paperback copy, the cover would be bulging from the historical details it’s containing inside! Details about mills, looms, inventions, andScherenschnitte. You’re given a history lesson without even realizing it!The sermons. There are sermons given in the book that are given in such a way that you don’t even realize it’s a sermon. Yet, you leave reflecting on what was said, and feeling convicted or encouraged. Lessons are given on forgiveness and pride, and trusting in God. Lessons that we should all hear and learn from.The romance. The romance is sweet and fun and leaves you feeling happy and content.The descriptions. Whether it’s descriptions about the cold weather, the humidity in the weaving room, or the smells of the tea shop, you can feel, taste, smell, see, and hear what is happening because the descriptions are so clear. And yet, the descriptions are not so overdone that you’re bogged down with them.The Scherenschnitte. Yes, I had to mention this again. Because, you see, I think that it is a really cool word for a really cool art. And words that are that cool need to be mentioned as many times as possible.So there you go, five reasons that made this book very enjoyable for me. I’m sure you can find even more reasons to love this book.I would recommend this book for those who enjoy historical fiction and romance.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Kristen Gwen Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    The Perfect Silhouette by Judith Miller tells the story of Mellie Blanchard as she begins a new life in Manchester, New Hampshire working in a cloth mill. Her family has fallen upon hard times and she must send money back to her widowed sister and her children. The work is long and difficult, but she’s determined to do right by her sister and provide for her as best she can. To make a few extra cents, she also starts working at a local photography shop making sillhouettes. And it’s there that a The Perfect Silhouette by Judith Miller tells the story of Mellie Blanchard as she begins a new life in Manchester, New Hampshire working in a cloth mill. Her family has fallen upon hard times and she must send money back to her widowed sister and her children. The work is long and difficult, but she’s determined to do right by her sister and provide for her as best she can. To make a few extra cents, she also starts working at a local photography shop making sillhouettes. And it’s there that a chance meeting will change her world.Morgan Stark is the only heir of the Stark Mills fortune. But he will not be content to simply sit behind a desk. He wants to investigate what changes could be made to the mill to improve production and conditions for all the workers. The best way he can do that is by not coming in as the bosses son, but undercover as a regular mill worker named William Morgan. When he meets a sweet young woman in a photography shop who does the most beautiful sillhouettes, he can’t help but lose his heart. But what will she think of him when he reveals his true?I enjoyed this book. The characters are sweet and the plot uncomplicated so it’s the perfect read for a lazy afternoon where you simply want a good story to fill your time. I enjoyed the twin sisters at the boardinghouse immensely, and Mr. Harrison was a delight. Things came a little too easily for Mellie, and she didn’t have to work through much conflict, but it was an enjoyable story nonetheless.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. The opinions are my own.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    The Perfect SilhouetteBy Judith MillerHave you read or watched North and South? As I read about the cotton mills and owners verses the workers, I could not help but relate and compare stories. I will say as many similarities as there may seem to be this story was different and quite enjoyable. Mellies life circumstances have changed and rather then feel stuck in the past she dutifully joins the working class to provide for herself and sisters family. Her soft hands and leisure life did not prepa The Perfect SilhouetteBy Judith MillerHave you read or watched North and South? As I read about the cotton mills and owners verses the workers, I could not help but relate and compare stories. I will say as many similarities as there may seem to be this story was different and quite enjoyable. Mellies life circumstances have changed and rather then feel stuck in the past she dutifully joins the working class to provide for herself and sisters family. Her soft hands and leisure life did not prepare her for the long hard days of the weaver’s room where she now works. Mellie is positive and has put Gods Word in her heart and lives it. Although things started off difficult the relationships, she makes with her fellow workers encourages and changes her. As Mellie adjusts to her changing life, she discovers she can use a skill from her past to make some added income. While working Mellie attracts the attention of a fellow mill worker. Soon Mellie finds herself walking home with Morgan Stark and forging a friendship. Relationships are never simple however and there is more to both Mellie and Morgan’s life that could change everything. Mellie and Morgan learn that God uses regular people to carry out his will. If we are only willing to step forward and live out Gods Word. I really enjoyed this book and found it easy to devour on my recent vacation. Family vacations are not always relaxing but being able to open a good book and be swept away in someone else’s stories made my trip a bit less crazy. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion which I’ve shared here. For more book reviews check out: https://simplyannehere.wordpress.com
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  • Sherri Smith
    January 1, 1970
    This is a story that I would qualify as a very sweet, wholesome story. It reminded me of the essence of Grace Livingston Hill books in which everyone is just good. There are characters who aren’t so perfect, but once Mellie shows them where they have gone wrong, they are quick to find their true path.Mellie has moved to town to become a mill girl for one of three mills in this town. She finds herself in a boarding house sharing the attic room with several girls. One of the girls on the first day This is a story that I would qualify as a very sweet, wholesome story. It reminded me of the essence of Grace Livingston Hill books in which everyone is just good. There are characters who aren’t so perfect, but once Mellie shows them where they have gone wrong, they are quick to find their true path.Mellie has moved to town to become a mill girl for one of three mills in this town. She finds herself in a boarding house sharing the attic room with several girls. One of the girls on the first day discovered Mellie’s secrets in her journal and threatened to tell all, unless Mellie met her demands.For me, the book was just too sweet. I used to read Grace Livingston books religiously, owning quite a few from her collection. There were some books I have held on to over the years, but they all held the same wholesome theme. I enjoyed learning about the silhouette’s, although the way she would describe them to Morgan and anyone else, it just felt like it was a bit of prissyness. So while the story and plot overall was good, there just wasn’t enough to keep me interested. The story just seemed too pat. Easily solved and finished.Would I read this book again? Probably not. I know many will love it, but I just felt it lacked some depth of character and issues. I do appreciate the end of the story, but just felt like it ended just a bit too soon.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
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  • Vibliophile
    January 1, 1970
    (4.5 stars) - a cotton mill cinderella story Those familiar with Elizabeth Gaskell's description of England's developing cotton industry in "North and South" will find this book particularly interesting. In this book, we get to see some of the similarities and differences of the industry as compared to America. And we get to see it from the perspective of characters who are working there. It's a little surprising to see how the workers lived then. Their lives were essentially owned & control (4.5 stars) - a cotton mill cinderella story Those familiar with Elizabeth Gaskell's description of England's developing cotton industry in "North and South" will find this book particularly interesting. In this book, we get to see some of the similarities and differences of the industry as compared to America. And we get to see it from the perspective of characters who are working there. It's a little surprising to see how the workers lived then. Their lives were essentially owned & controlled by the company even on their time off to an extent. So patronizing. Like "North and South", this story also has a swoony romance, though our hero and heroine are not conflicted towards each other, nor are they as class conscious as Gaskell's characters. However, they do each have some secrets to deal with. I loved the idea of the heroine's being gifted at paper cutting. I have seen some of it done by a master & it's truly amazing, as well as beautiful. I was bothered just a bit by how quickly, easily & patly their problems were solved. It's not that I want "real life" where mean girls stay mean & interfering mothers alienate their son & his intended, etc, but at times it made the story a little too much fairytale & a little less believable that things were resolved with relatively little resistance or complication.Then again, sometimes that's exactly what we want in our escapist fare. The happily-ever-after was quite sweet. I actually read it twice, lol. Clean romance level: sweet kisses Religion: overtly Christian, some will find it preachy
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  • Karen Palmer
    January 1, 1970
    Judith Miller's newest novel, A Perfect Silhouette, reflects her love of history. In this book, Miller explores what life would have been like in a mill town. Mellie is seeking a job to help support her widowed sister and her family, while.s also running from disgrace. Coming from a privileged background, Mellie finds that she needs to adjust to an entirely different way of life, in addition to learning the skills necessary to succeed at the mills.Morgan Stark, on the other hand, is hoping to pr Judith Miller's newest novel, A Perfect Silhouette, reflects her love of history. In this book, Miller explores what life would have been like in a mill town. Mellie is seeking a job to help support her widowed sister and her family, while.s also running from disgrace. Coming from a privileged background, Mellie finds that she needs to adjust to an entirely different way of life, in addition to learning the skills necessary to succeed at the mills.Morgan Stark, on the other hand, is hoping to prove his worth and the value of his education to his father, who owns three of the mills in town. In order to do so, he disguises himself as an employee. Despite his father's wealth and his own true identity, Morgan finds himself attracted to Mellie, and the two soon find themselves in a relationship.The title of the story comes from the side job that Mellie takes on to help earn more money for her sister--she cuts silhouettes of people in the town's photography studio.Throughout the book, Mellie and Morgan must learn to trust one another and to trust God, in addition to gaining the strength to stand up for what is right. I really enjoyed the storyline here, though I didn't quite buy the reasoning behind Mellie working in the mills. As a woman from a privileged family whose only prior job had been as a governess, it seems unlikely to me that she would travel so far from home to get a notoriously dangerous and difficult job.  Nevertheless, the story was an interesting peek into history. I highly enjoyed it.
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  • Jaquelyn Scroggie
    January 1, 1970
    A unique story set in the mill factories where women worked in horrible conditions for not enough money. It was interesting imagining women setting out on their own to work in a town far away, in order to send money to their family so they can have a better life. Mellie received an offer from a traveling man, and decided it was the best way to help those she loves. When things seem to good to be true they often are. Sleeping in a room with 4 or 5 complete strangers would be a huge wake up call, A unique story set in the mill factories where women worked in horrible conditions for not enough money. It was interesting imagining women setting out on their own to work in a town far away, in order to send money to their family so they can have a better life. Mellie received an offer from a traveling man, and decided it was the best way to help those she loves. When things seem to good to be true they often are. Sleeping in a room with 4 or 5 complete strangers would be a huge wake up call, and that wasn’t all Mellie had to adjust to. The viciousness of some of the female characters was tough to read. I couldn’t imagine being in that type of situation where blackmail was the norm. I enjoyed getting a glimpse into what life was like for those women who worked so hard for those they love. I loved how Millie wasn’t afraid to ask the photography shop owner if he might be interested in using her talents to help boost his business. This book touches on several different areas where people can be caused to stumble, and even Mellie was far from perfect. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House publishers and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • BlueJeansAndTeacups
    January 1, 1970
    JUST OK – DID NOT ENJOYManchester, New Hampshire 1850This book was not my cup of tea. I generally read a book in 1 or 2 days. I read this one over 5 days because I was not into it. The story is told in third person. It took 9 or 10 chapters before I could even begin to somewhat enjoy the story. I read A LOT of historical fiction and this author’s writing style feels unpolished to me in comparison. She uses the word bucolic often, so it stands out. Her antagonists do a 180 turn very quickly. Simp JUST OK – DID NOT ENJOYManchester, New Hampshire 1850This book was not my cup of tea. I generally read a book in 1 or 2 days. I read this one over 5 days because I was not into it. The story is told in third person. It took 9 or 10 chapters before I could even begin to somewhat enjoy the story. I read A LOT of historical fiction and this author’s writing style feels unpolished to me in comparison. She uses the word bucolic often, so it stands out. Her antagonists do a 180 turn very quickly. Simply point out their flaws and WHAM they are new people, apologizing and ready to behave. That seemed unrealistic. We are told repeatedly how Mellie’s sister is doing worse and worse through her letters, yet in the end there is no resolution to that problem. That was disappointing to me. It’s a nice love story between the 2 main characters, centered around the hardships of a cotton mill factory and the mandatory boarding houses (with strict rules) that the workers must live in; sharing quarters (beds) with other workers. Sadly, I was actually glad when it was over and I had met my obligation to finish the book.Thank you to Bethany House and NetGalley for a digital edition. My opinion is my own and given freely.
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  • Michelle Kidwell
    January 1, 1970
    A Perfect Silhouetteby Judith MillerBethany HouseBethany House PublishersChristianPub Date 06 Aug 2019I am reviewing a copy of A Perfect Silhouette through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:This book transports us to 1850 Manchester New Hampshire where we meet Mellie Blanchard who takes a job at a mill in order to help provide for her family. Looking for additional earnings she approached a daguerreotype shop owner asking that he hire her to make paper cuttings or silhouette portraits for t A Perfect Silhouetteby Judith MillerBethany HouseBethany House PublishersChristianPub Date 06 Aug 2019I am reviewing a copy of A Perfect Silhouette through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:This book transports us to 1850 Manchester New Hampshire where we meet Mellie Blanchard who takes a job at a mill in order to help provide for her family. Looking for additional earnings she approached a daguerreotype shop owner asking that he hire her to make paper cuttings or silhouette portraits for those who are unable to pay for the expensive daguerreotypes.After a particularly charming customer catches Mellie off guard with his broad smile and twinkling eyes catch her off guard, when the customer asks to escort her home, the seeds of a romance start to blossom! The pieces of her new life seemingly fall perfectly into place. When her new venture leads to an unexpected opportunity, she finds herself confronted with the reality that the truth is not always what it seems!Will Mellie, who has secrets of her own, find happiness in the new life she has built for herself in the busy mill town?I give A Perfect Silhouette, five out of five stars!Happy Reading!
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  • CoffeeBreakBooks
    January 1, 1970
    Judith Miller's latest historical tale is illuminating, very moving, and completely absorbing. Heroine Mellie Blanchard, as do many young girls or young adults, works in the mills of New England in the 19th century. Some were orphans and others were, as Mellie, needing to help support their families. The author skillfully presents the feel of the mill environment without creating a negative drag on the story line. Instead, readers focus more on the developing relationship between Mellie and Morg Judith Miller's latest historical tale is illuminating, very moving, and completely absorbing. Heroine Mellie Blanchard, as do many young girls or young adults, works in the mills of New England in the 19th century. Some were orphans and others were, as Mellie, needing to help support their families. The author skillfully presents the feel of the mill environment without creating a negative drag on the story line. Instead, readers focus more on the developing relationship between Mellie and Morgan, the dynamics among the various mill workers who stay in the adjacent boardinghouses, and, also, on Mellie's secondary job as a paper cutter. Paper cutting is a folk art or craft, which is a fascinating subject for those who appreciate history or art. Mellie's skill in the profession adds an extra layer of interest to this story. Having read a number of Judith Miller's books, I find A Perfect Silhouette to be one of my favorites. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Sherri Ferguson
    January 1, 1970
    The backdrop of this delightful novel is New Hampshire in 1850, and readers of historical fiction will love this Cinderella story emerged from a manufacturing company. The working and living conditions were particularly interesting to read about, as well as the developing love story. The television show Undercover Boss has nothing on this book as the aristocratic company owner’s son decides to hide his identity in order to work on the ground floor of the mill. He’s hoping to find ways to improve The backdrop of this delightful novel is New Hampshire in 1850, and readers of historical fiction will love this Cinderella story emerged from a manufacturing company. The working and living conditions were particularly interesting to read about, as well as the developing love story. The television show Undercover Boss has nothing on this book as the aristocratic company owner’s son decides to hide his identity in order to work on the ground floor of the mill. He’s hoping to find ways to improve working conditions. Will his web of lies cause him heartache and pain? You’ll have to read this wonderful story to find out. I highly recommend this new Judith Miller novel. You won’t be disappointed.Thank you Baker Publishing and Netgalley for providing this manuscript in return for my honest opinion and review.
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  • Caitlin Allen
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Bethany House for the free review copy. All opinions are my own.This was a sweet historical romance, but it also had a main character that had a lot of grit and grace. Mellie has a lot of hardship throughout this novel, but it was great to see a character persevere in the way that she did.I also think that the setting was perfect. I liked getting a glimpse into the female mill worker's life in this book. I also think that the paper cutting was super unique, and it was something that Thank you to Bethany House for the free review copy. All opinions are my own.This was a sweet historical romance, but it also had a main character that had a lot of grit and grace. Mellie has a lot of hardship throughout this novel, but it was great to see a character persevere in the way that she did.I also think that the setting was perfect. I liked getting a glimpse into the female mill worker's life in this book. I also think that the paper cutting was super unique, and it was something that I enjoyed reading about. This book deals a lot with issues of trust, forgiveness, and living in the way of God. I think that the topics handled were broad, but they all worked together in the novel to create a complex plot.I do think some of the conflicts were resolved rather quickly. I also would've liked to have more on Mellie's sister included in the ending.
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  • Claudia
    January 1, 1970
    While quite predictable, A Perfect Silhouette is a sweet romance with a dash of intrigue. Most of the characters are likable, at least by the end of the story. Multiple problems are presented, but are fairly easily solved. Nevertheless, the story is a pleasant read and you won't regret the time spent with it. I am grateful to have received a copy of A Perfect Silhouette from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no mo While quite predictable, A Perfect Silhouette is a sweet romance with a dash of intrigue. Most of the characters are likable, at least by the end of the story. Multiple problems are presented, but are fairly easily solved. Nevertheless, the story is a pleasant read and you won't regret the time spent with it. I am grateful to have received a copy of A Perfect Silhouette from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
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  • Trisha
    January 1, 1970
    I've always enjoyed books by Judith Miller! I really liked the storyline and loved the characters. Mellie was very resourceful and strong. Of course there has to be a few "mean girls"... I loved how one in particular was dealt with. This story will make you consider some things in your own life. I would love to read a sequel to this book... I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley on behalf of the Publisher and was under no obligation to post a favorable review.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed A Perfect Silhouette. I could not help to think about my grandparents while reading this. The conditions they had to endure to live and to even make a living to live. I loved Mellie in this book. I give her story four stars.
  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. The reminders from God to trust but to also forgive were very important. I only wish I knew what happened to Mellie's family.
  • Mardell
    January 1, 1970
    Judith Miller's A Perfect Silhouette hooked me from the first page. I enjoy historical fiction, especially when it comes alive with believable characters. When I read this book I could see the shoddy boarding house, hear the looms in the factory and see how lives are changed. The simpler times we long for were built on hard work and determination. Life wasn't all work and the author has woven a wonderful story. Our heroine, Mellie, was just one of hundreds of workers recruited for the booming te Judith Miller's A Perfect Silhouette hooked me from the first page. I enjoy historical fiction, especially when it comes alive with believable characters. When I read this book I could see the shoddy boarding house, hear the looms in the factory and see how lives are changed. The simpler times we long for were built on hard work and determination. Life wasn't all work and the author has woven a wonderful story. Our heroine, Mellie, was just one of hundreds of workers recruited for the booming textile industry. The promise of steady wages to send home to her struggling family enticed her to leave everything behind and work at the mill. Once she arrived, she learned that her housing was little more than a shared bed and the promise of a long day working in a loud textile mill. Her determination, like that of so many, developed an industry that played an integral role in our country's future. I heartily recommend this book for the story line, the well developed characters and impeccable research.
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