A Perfect Silhouette by Judith McCoy Miller

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 es...


Details A Perfect Silhouette

TitleA Perfect Silhouette
ISBN9780764232206
Author
Release DateAug 6th, 2019
PublisherBethany House Publishers
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Fiction
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Reviews A Perfect Silhouette

  • Maureen Timerman
    1970-01-01
    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 h...
  • Becky
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Lucy
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Lori
    1970-01-01
    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 he...
  • Miranda Atchley
    1970-01-01
    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, ...
  • Kristen Gwen Johnson
    1970-01-01
    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 photogra...
  • Anne
    1970-01-01
    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 fam...
  • Sherri Smith
    1970-01-01
    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 w...
  • Vibliophile
    1970-01-01
    (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...
  • Karen Palmer
    1970-01-01
    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 mil...
  • Jaquelyn Scroggie
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • BlueJeansAndTeacups
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Michelle Kidwell
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • CoffeeBreakBooks
    1970-01-01
    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 t...
  • Sherri Ferguson
    1970-01-01
    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 fl...
  • Caitlin Allen
    1970-01-01
    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 c...
  • Claudia
    1970-01-01
    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 obligati...
  • Trisha
    1970-01-01
    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 obl...
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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 o...