The Wexford Family

Silken Threads

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 Chapman, a silk merchant’s widow. Joanna, having learned not to trust handsome, charming devils like Graeham, lets him think her husband is still alive in order to keep him at a distance. Mindful of his mission—and the promised reward—Graeham tries to resist his feelings for Joanna, but the white-hot desire simmering between them cannot be denied.  

Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, Silken Threads was honored with Romance Writers of America’s RITA® Award for Best Long Historical Romance. It was also nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best Historical Romantic Mystery, and it made the Ingrams A-List of Top 50 Requested Titles for four weeks.

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Raves

“Patricia Ryan moves Rear Window to medieval London, and does things Hitchcock never dreamed of! Fresh, swift and sexy, Silken Threads strengthens Ms. Ryan’s reputation as an outstanding author of medieval romances.”

– New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney

“Silken Threads resonates with the sounds, smells, intrigues and passions of the Middle Ages. Add engaging characters, authentic historical details and a well-crafted mystery and you have a delectable tapestry whose threads glide like silk through the pages.”

– RT BookReviews

“Patricia Ryan is back with another dazzling medieval romance! Proving herself to be a remarkable storyteller, Patricia Ryan spins a tale of romance and mystery that will thrill readers. With a host of wonderful secondary characters to round out the complex plot, Ms. Ryan keeps readers guessing–and turning pages–right up till the end! This is a very special and original novel from one of romance’s finest authors. Don’t miss it.”

– The Literary Times

“This is a rich and rewarding book. The characters are fully realized, the setting is impeccably accurate, and the mystery kept me guessing….Silken Threads is romance at its best. This one goes on my keeper shelf.”

– The Romance Reader

“This medieval take on Hitchcock’s movie Rear Window is simply superb! The secondary characters add as much to the story as the hero and heroine, and the author’s sense of atmosphere is impeccable. Ms. Ryan is a superb stylist with words who weaves the silken threads of her latest medieval romance into a complex tapestry of mystery, suspense and passion. If you haven’t tried this author’s books (historical or contemporary), don’t wait any longer. This one is fantastic and not to be missed!”

– Tanzey Cutter, The Old Book Barn Gazette

“A real page-turner, this one will keep readers guessing right to the surprising conclusion.”

– Bell, Book & Candle


The Sun and the Moon

The Sun: Hugh of Wexford, King Henry’s most trusted spy, enjoys his wine, his women, and most of all, his freedom. Scarred by a brutal upbringing, Hugh makes his own way in the world, unhindered by ties of any kind—including those of love.

The Moon: Oxford scholar Phillipa de Paris is learned and enlightened, but utterly unschooled in the ways of the world—especially the lascivious intrigue she encounters when Hugh recruits her to help ensnare an enemy of the crown.

The Mission: To expose the schemes of dissolute cleric Aldous Ewing, who has long carried a torch for Phillipa, the rough-and-tumble warrior and the innocent intellectual pose as jaded husband and wife. Can Phillipa finesse Ewing into sharing his secrets without sharing his bed, as the mission calls for? Or will Hugh and Phillipa’s deceit be revealed and their lives endangered by the irresistible passion flaring between them?

Inspired by Hitchcock’s Notorious, The Sun and the Moon won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Historical Romantic Mystery/Suspense and was a finalist for RWA’s RITA Award for Best Long Historical Romance. It was featured in Doubleday Book Club and Rhapsody Book Club. 

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Raves

“Patricia Ryan holds readers in her grasp with mystery and suspense worthy of a Hitchcock film. Once you start this nonstop read you won’t go to bed until you’ve turned the last page. Kudos to Ms. Ryan for bringing such a satisfying tale to life and pushing the boundaries of the genre once more.”

– RT BookReviews

“Never one to disappoint, Ms. Ryan has once again delivered her readers a novel that packs a punch. Just as we think we have the ending all figured out, she hits us with an incredible twist.

– The Literary Times

“With each new medieval from Ms. Ryan, her plotting and characters get better and better. Filled with mystery, suspense, intrigue and very passionate romance, this is an excellent example of her superb writing skills. Originally introduced in Ms. Ryan’s Silken Threads, Phillipa and Hugh are just the type of hero and heroine I enjoy in my medievals. And I quote, ‘…two opposites can unite to create something altogether new and extraordinary.’ I absolutely loved this story!”

– Tanzey Cutter, The Old Book Barn Gazette

“The Sun and the Moon is a real page turner. I really wish I hadn’t started it so late at night. It kept me up way past my bedtime and there is no stronger recommendation than that.”

– Jean Mason, The Romance Reader

“A heroine like Phillipa is a rare gem, indeed, and is such a delight to read and get to know…Watching these two accept their love for one another is a treat. The medieval setting and the court intrigues are neither ‘wallpaper’ nor overwhelming, and although this book is a sequel, it stands very well on its own. I highly recommend The Sun and the Moon and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.”

– Claudia S. Terrones, All About Romance

“The Sun and the Moon is an enjoyable medieval romance starring two enchanting characters. The intrepid Phillipa is an anachronism as she succeeds in her scholarly pursuit. She and the mentally and physically scarred Hugh make a wonderful couple. The story line is fun especially when Hugh turns jealous as Phillipa flirts with the odious Aldous to get him to reveal his plot. Sub-genre fans know Patricia Ryan as a household name and her newest tale will elate her large horde of readers.”

– Harriet Klausner

“Now this is a great medieval romance. It has a great mystery that, for once, doesn’t overshadow the romance. And I do love both hero and heroine. Keeper? Yes!”

– Everything Romantic