Thursday, 28 February 2013

Review of The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott

The Dressmaker is a fantastic novel set against the background of the Titanic disaster.

Tess hates her life as a maid and longs to become a seamstress. She runs away in hope of finding work on the Titanic and cannot believe her luck when she is hired by the esteemed fashion designer; Lady Lucille Duff-Gordon. However, fate intervenes and Tess finds herself a survivor of one of the infamous sinking of the Titanic. At first, she is elated to have survived, but soon she becomes embroiled in the accusations made against the Duff Gordon's and what happened in their lifeboat.

The majority of The Dressmaker focuses on the aftermath of the disaster and the hearings which took place in New York. I was fascinated by the historical aspect of this novel and feel that Alcott has cleverly interwoven fact and fiction into the storyline.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and didn't want to put it down. It is a Titanic novel that is told from a totally different perspective. Alcott's fast paced plot had me glued to the pages and there are a number of surprises in store for the reader. Beautifully written, emotional and with romance at the heart, this is a book that I highly recommend.

The cover is stunning too!

Thank you to Sphere for sending me a copy to review.

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