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February, 2021

Kelli's list of the best Dual Timeline novels

December 30, 2021

TODAY WE GO HOME featured in BookBub list

July 13, 2020

Film Rights Optioned for THE GIRL WHO WROTE IN SILK!

November 7, 2019

Los Angeles Public Library review and interview!

November 1, 2019

Once Upon A Book Club chooses TODAY WE GO HOME as their November pick!

This book club is a subscription box service that chooses a book each month and sends it to readers along with four carefully chosen gifts related to the book. Each gift is intended to be opened as the reader gets to a specific page. When Kelli opened the gifts, she cried. You will love them!

Supplies are limited and can be purchased here.

October 27, 2019

Timeless Sass3nach Journey reviews TODAY WE GO HOME and interviews Kelli!

Read the interview here.

October 27, 2019

Update on TODAY WE GO HOME release dates:

Audiobook: Available now on Audible, everywhere else (including CD and at libraries) December 3, 2019
Large Print edition: February 12, 2020

September 18, 2019

Booktrib Review of Today We Go Home!

“At its core, Today We Go Home is a story that shines a light on the women who didn’t make it into the history books, who offered up their services when no one asked. And, most importantly, it’s a story of breathtaking resilience, honor, and courage in the face of unprecedented challenges. Characters’ struggles quite literally transcend time and generations, offering up connection and hope in a time of need. And, as Larkin comes to understand and say, hope never tasted so sweet.” — Emily Wolfe, Booktrib

Read the full review here.

September 17, 2019

Yakima Herald-Republic Reviews Today We Go Home

"“Today We Go Home” is a stirring, passionate tribute to the strength and fortitude of the women who, throughout history, have bucked convention and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with their male counterparts on the battlefield, fighting for what they believe to be right." — Emily Ring for the Yakima Herald-Republic

Read the full review here.

September 10, 2019

Shelf Awareness Reviews Today We Go Home

Read the review here.

September 9, 2019

Bookr review of Today We Go Home by Theresa Smith Writes

Read the review here.

September 4, 2019

Featured among excellent company on Early Bird Books: 11 Upcoming Historical Fiction Books We Can’t Wait To Read!

See the full list here.

September 4, 2019

Interviewed on BookTrib’s Author Discovery Zone!

Read the full interview here.

August 14, 2019

Today We Go Home is selected as the Target Book Club pick for September!

For the Book Club edition, click here.

August 12, 2019

Due South Magazine reviews Today We Go Home!

“This tender story about complex women is an easy one to fall into. It makes the perfect read for those who savor the finer details of historical fiction and love to cheer for strong female protagonists.” — Due South Magazine

Read the full review here.

August 5, 2019

Historical Novel Society has reviewed Today We Go Home!

“Through moving details in twin centuries, both the power of war to destroy and the healing nature of love and art, even across time, are beautifully conveyed.” – Historical Novel Society

To read the full review, click here.

June 1, 2019

Booklist reviews Today We Go Home!

"Pairing the dual narratives of Larkin and Emily, Estes relates the hardships faced by women who serve in the military…Based on the real-life stories of women who served, this is an excellent read and highly recommended.” — Booklist.

June 1, 2019

Kirkus reviews Today We Go Home!

Kirkus has given TODAY WE GO HOME a great review! Kirkus said: “Riveting. The novel brings the Civil War era to life and effectively links it to contemporary times.”

To read the full review, click here.

May 9, 2019


Sourcebooks decided to redo the cover for TODAY WE GO HOME (which is why you might have seen something different than what you see on the book now), and here it is! Isn’t it gorgeous?!.

April 4, 2019

Blackstone Publishing has purchased the audio rights for TODAY WE GO HOME!

Blackstone is the same publisher that did the audiobook for THE GIRL WHO WROTE IN SILK and I’m thrilled to be working with them again.

September 1, 2018

New Book Title and Announce Date

My second novel now has a title and release date! Today We Go Home will be available August 6, 2019.

August 15, 2018

Ezvid Wiki Honors!

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk is on the list of “Amazing Books About Being a Woman in the Modern World” by Ezvid Wiki. See the video and list here.

August, 2017

New Book!

I am thrilled to announce that I have signed the contract for another book with Sourcebooks for publication in spring 2019. Stay tuned for more!

December 20, 2016

Reader’s Choice Award!

The Salt Lake County Library System has chosen The Girl Who Wrote in Silk as the winning title for their July-October, 2016 Reader’s Choice Award. Thank you!

September 23, 2016

WFWA Star Award (Debut) Winner!

The Women’s Fiction Writers Association chose The Girl Who Wrote in Silk as the winner of the Debut Category of the Star Award. Thank you, WFWA!

View the press release here.

July 30, 2016

Nancy Pearl Award!

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk was chosen as the winner of The PNWA Nancy Pearl Book Award in the best book mainstream or literary category. Like Nancy Pearl, all judges for the contest work as librarians.

June 25, 2016

Polish Cover

Here is the beautiful cover for the Polish language edition of The Girl Who Wrote in Silk. I’m told the title, “Jedwabna opowieść” translates to “Sequins.”

May 16, 2016

Star Award Contest Finalist!

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk has been chosen as one of three finalists in the Outstanding Debut category of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association Star Award Contest. Winners will be announced on September 23, 2016.

Women’s Fiction Writers Association

April 20, 2016

Large Print Edition is released!

The Large Print edition of The Girl Who Wrote in Silk is now available. Get your copy from your local bookseller or at one of these online retailers:


Barnes & Noble

Thorndike Press

January 22, 2016

Featured on Speaking of China blog!

Check out the review of The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Jocelyn Eikenburg and interview with yours truly on the Speaking of China blog. Here’s a quote:

“Some books are so captivating that I even cherish the memories of scrolling through the pages with my e-reader in hand. The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes is that kind of book.”

Jocelyn asked me some interesting questions that I don’t think I’ve answered before regarding the book. Read the full interview here.

December 10, 2015


All of us authors have a dream of hitting the USA Today Bestsellers list, but I truly did not think it could happen with my debut novel. But, it did! THANK YOU to everyone who has purchased The Girl Who Wrote in Silk, written a review of it, and told your friends about it. Because of you, I am #99 on the USA Today Bestsellers list for the week ending 12/10/15. Woohooooo! See the list here:

December 3, 2015

German Edition

I’m thrilled to announce that The Girl Who Wrote in Silk will be published in the German language under the label of Page & Turner Verlag, a publishing house within Random House Germany. Slated for publication in October 2016, the book will be titled “Die SEIDEN-INSEL,” which translates as The Island of Silk.

November 7, 2015

Attention Book Clubs

I would love to attend your book club meeting to discuss The Girl Who Wrote in Silk. I live in Washington State, so local meetings would work best for in-person visits but if you live elsewhere, I could join your meeting via Skype. Email me at info[at] with details and to schedule!

November 6, 2015

Large Print Edition Coming Soon

Great news for those of you who prefer to read books with a larger print! Thorndike Press will be publishing large print editions of The Girl Who Wrote in Silk, available April 2016.

November 1, 2015

PNBW Holiday Catalog

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk is in the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Holiday Catalog! Check it out on page 5 and find other great gift ideas for the holidays!

July 16, 2015

I’m in my hometown newspaper

July 7, 2015

Guest blog: Women’s Fiction Writers

To read more about the true history that inspired The Girl Who Wrote in Silk, my publishing journey, the writing advice I’ve received, and my own advice to aspiring authors, visit me on author Amy Sue Nathan’s blog Women’s Fiction Writers!
July 6, 2015

Guest blog: Jane Porter

For a glimpse at how The Girl Who Wrote in Silk came to be written, check out my guest post on my friend, author Jane Porter’s blog!
June 29, 2015

Audio Book Available on July 7

The audio version of The Girl Who Wrote in Silk will be available from Blackstone Audio starting July 7th! The book is read by Emily Woo Zeller who is a performing artist and yogi based in New York City.
June 29, 2015

Portland Book Review Article

I stopped by the Portland Book Review site to talk about Portland’s experiences during the time of anti-Chinese riots and expulsions. How did Portland react differently than Seattle? Check it out here.
June 2, 2015

Just announced! THE GIRL WHO WROTE IN SILK is an Indie Next pick for July

This means that independent booksellers around the country who are members of the American Booksellers Association read the story and loved it so much they nominated it to be on the list. I am so honored to be chosen! Look for the July list to be posted here. Thank you ABA!
June 1, 2015

Great review from Booklist

Booklist is a book review magazine published by the American Library Association.

“Carefully crafted and perfectly paced, the novel takes readers on a deeply satisfying, memorable journey. Part mystery and part romance, the novel is also a fascinating look at an often forgotten period of Pacific Northwest history and a moving reminder of the stories we all share.” ~Carol Gladstein, Booklist
May 18, 2015

THE GIRL WHO WROTE IN SILK receives 4 stars from Romantic Times

“The interconnected lives of women a century apart is at the center of Estes’ tragic yet uplifting novel. The fast pace allows readers to quickly change gears from one time period to another. Though some may find themselves far more fascinated by the characters in the 19th century story than those in the present, everyone will be eager to understand their connection. Estes sheds light on a dark period in Seattle’s history that is sure to interest those seeking unusual historical details long hidden from history books.” ~Kathe Robin, RT Book Reviews
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