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Growing up in Victorian England, where her father owns a tailoring shop on fashionable Savile Row, Veda Grenfell and her family have always assumed she would one day make a suitable match. But when a fever leaves her deaf at the age of sixteen, Veda resolves to prove her worth in a realm that is usually off limits to respectable women. Dressing in gentlemen's clothes, Veda...more
416 pages
Published September 18th 2007 (first published April 1st 2006)
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Christa
I found this book to be both captivating and poignant. It is the story of Veda Grenfell, daughter of a London tailor. Veda has been brought up with excellent manners and given a fine education, which sets her apart from her peers in the merchant class. Veda suffers several tragedies as a teenager, one of which is the loss of her hearing. This further cuts Veda off from the world in which she lives. Her passion is that of the business of a tailor, and she persuades her father to let her be his as...more
Kira
This is a difficult book to review. The plot has already been hashed over so I'll spare you that, but I'll explain why I gave the book two stars.

If I was rating based on writing ability, I would give the author four stars. The writing was outstanding. From the first page the author invites you to live inside her character and experience her life with great depth of emotion. I had never considered before how frightening and devastating it would be to lose your hearing. Through this book I experie...more
Meagan
Nothing overly spectacular about this book but I really enjoyed it. Takes place in England during mid-late 1800's. Three main elements to the story are:

1. Loss of hearing for the main character at the age of sixteen. Finding her place in a society not comfortable with her situation.
2. Her love of tailoring and the social issues of women and work which accompany the time period.
3. Her love life.

This was a nice love story with a little bit of drama, especially towards the end. It was very clean o...more
Stephanie
This novel took me FOREVER to read, and I often didn't look forward to picking it up; however, when I had large chunks of time to read I found myself really enjoying the story. This is not a book for reading when you have ten minutes to spare. The author's style reminds me of Jane Austen, and you need time to absorb the beauty of her words.

This novel has everything: love, death, deception, etc. The protagonist, Veda, must overcome all obstacles while dealing with becoming deaf in her teen years...more
Tara Chevrestt
Terrific!! This book is very elegant and very realistic. It really tells the life of deaf woman and the troubles she faces from other people's ridicules, being excluded from conversations, the tiring practice of lip reading, and the feelings of hopelessness that accompany the affliction. I am a hearing impaired woman myself and I was shocked that someone out there understands. The heroine is a terrific woman that overcomes everything life throws at her, and life throws A LOT her way. The first q...more
Emily
I found this story to be entirely too schizophrenic to enjoy completely. Although it's not formatted this way, I felt like there were three different plots, with fairly significant lulls in between that made it difficult to continue reading. The author couldn't seem to decide if she wanted this to be a coming-of-age story, historical fiction or a mystery. So, she did none of these facets well.

If I were editing this book, I would have reformatted it so that the last 75 pages were the crux of the...more
Barb
I really enjoyed Janice Graham's story about the life of Veda Grenfell, a bright and headstrong young woman making her way in a man's world.

Veda lives with her mother, her father and her brother Reggie in Victorian London. Her father is a tailor and Veda too loves making beautiful clothing for people.

Veda suffers many loses in her youth including the loss of her hearing at the age of sixteen. Veda gives up any hope of living a typical life in London's society. And instead pursues her love of t...more
Erin
Veda Grenfell comes from a prosperous tailoring family, but her brother longs to be a scholar rather than take over the family business one day. Veda, on the other hand, loves tailoring and has a knack for design, but is stymied by her gender and the societal restrictions of 1860s London. A series of tragedies plague her small family, including the illness that leaves Veda deaf. She struggles against the overwhelming isolation that causes, determined to find a way to communicate and make a life...more
Maren
I can't stand these historical romances!! Just when I thought I had found one I liked, it went and threw me. The problem with trying to write with one eye in the past and one in the present is the two eyes have a tendency to cross. I would have been happy if the book had concluded in the same way most Victorian novels did: either tragic or happy-ending Disney-style. This one could never decide which it would be: happy ending or tragedy. And for all the loose ends?? Pure frustration!! I also hate...more
Janet


This is a very good book. I have to say if you have ever had a family member who is hearing impaired this book will help you to understand what they go through. I only wish I had read this book twenty five years a go. I truly see my own daughters determination in this story and her never give up spirit and her take no crap attitude. The story is so real that you feel all the pain and emotions the character feels. The author did a wonderful job in making you see what the fashions were like for th...more
Amber
This was one of my bookclub choices that I think was rejected mostly because Firebird was not our favorite books. After the first chapter, I was completely hooked. The story of a girl who is deaf in a Victorian England, struggling to be her fathers only heir. It's a great story with a great love story weaved in but I can say it's definitely not a romance novel. I read in the reviews that it's a retelling of Pride and Prejudice but I'd disagree and say that in comparison it's more like Jane Eyre....more
April Dinucci
This is the first book in a long line of books that has drawn me in to the character's mind, body and soul so completely. The author brings to life the struggles of a young girl forced to adapt to tragedy and the complexities of a disability. There is mystery, heartache, love and redemotion all neatly summed in a too short 400 pages. I highly recommend this book!
Rita
Enjoyable historical romance set in Victorian-era London. Independent-thinking heroine challenges all kinds of conventions about proper behavior for "ladies" but at the end when she is happily married the author says she doesn't mind in the least having given up her career as tailor [that she had been so proud of and fought so hard for earlier:]...
Rochelle Roman
I am a Janice Graham fan. Positively loved Firebird and Sarah's Window. This book was good but did not have the same emotional intensity as the others. Dont get me wrong, it was emotional but just not true Janice form. Veda was a great character, not your pity her type. Good read if you never read any books from Janice.
Jennifer Mcknight
I picked up this historical romance because I craved a well written story set in Victorian England, and several reviews said the writing was outstanding even if the story itself was a little boring.

Unfortunately, the writing annoyed me from the start. Graham tells rather than shows 80% of the time, and if you don’t know the difference between “show vs. tell” in writing, trust me, it’s a big deal. It was so noticeable that the first 1/3 of the book felt like “info dump,” and I suspect that’s why...more
Jessica
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Robyn Markow
Feb 20, 2012 Robyn Markow rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women,fans of Victorian-set stories
Recommended to Robyn by: GoodReads
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Susanne
Hmmm. . . interesting. It's as if the author wanted to create a faithful reproduction of a 19th century women's novel, complete with formal dialogue and historically accurate attitudes. No complaints here about modern ideas dropped inappropriately into an old-fashioned setting! As a result, 21st C. readers may want to give the heroine a good shake: after all young Veda endures (and this is a potboiler, make no mistake about it) she is content at the end to hide the fact that she sews for her fam...more
Katie
An enjoyable read. I love a good story that's not ruined with 'mature' content, particularly historical fiction. I did find that the author reused or reworked similar phrases throughout the story, and I did find that tedious. I'm sure they used many words to describe zeal and fervor in the 19th century that were not solely relating to the church or missionaries. I know all too well the excitement of a new convert and the inextinguishable spirit of one who has devoted themselves to the Lord, but...more
Ashley
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Annmarie
Sep 25, 2009 Annmarie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
My friend, Maria wrote me this in response to my comment of her review: "the book has hardly, if any swear words in it. That will turn me off a story in a heartbeat! I think there is one mild sex scene but it's not very explicit & it's after the couple is married. Very proper ettiquette in this book, which would have driven me crazy back then, but I'm sure if it's all you're used to, you deal with it. The girl in the story is just so strong & so determined. I really enjoyed it. I would m...more
Mary Unger
Set in Victorian England, Vevy, a deaf young woman, seeks to pursue her passion of tailoring in a society that frowns upon not only people in trade but those with any physical disabilities as well. She falls in love with an Earl and they try to find love while not losing who they are and what they want out of life.

It was engaging at first, but at the end it just ran out of steam for me. The author seemed to be throwing endings upon endings just to have the book finished.

All in all though, it was...more
Dpic
Interesting romance
Maria
The characters are well developed and the love story very poignant, and I liked the premise and the deepening plot. However, toward the end the story tilted into a really over the top Gothic drama that did not seem to fit the story or the heroine at all. I started skipping just to get to the end and see how it turned out. Also, a man who really loved a woman would never abduct a baby from her by all kinds of subterfuge. The last third of the story was hard to swallow, yet I liked the book overal...more
Trissa White
I think the writing deserves 4 or even 5 stars but my personal enjoyment of the story led it to only 3. I started this book several times but kept nodding off. Finally I made it to the point where I was up until 2 in the morning because I had to know what happened. Parts of the story were deeply moving and extremely sad. In the end I suppose I could say I was happy; however I prefer my endings to hold less reality and more bliss. I found this book to be in many ways like Jane Eyre.
Marty
The Tailor's Daughter is an historical novel set in Victorian England. The writing is very reminiscent of Jane Austen; however, the similarity does not extend to content. While I enjoyed the writing and the early part of the story about a young woman who is a daughter of a tradesman and therefore, lower down on the social scale, the story slowly disintegrated into an implausible ending. At that point, however, I was hooked and had to see how the story ended!
Sharla
I really liked this book. It seems with a lot of books you are led up to important events for so long they become predictable. This author would surprise me by having a very significant thing happen within a few sentences and then the details would follow. I actually liked all of the "tailoring" talk even though some was a bit foreign. I also really enjoyed the perspective of someone who became deaf who once knew hearing. Full of tragedy and love. Good read!
Donna
A story set in England about a tailor's daughter who goes deaf after having Typhoid Fever. I gained a greater understanding not only of what it was like for a woman in the 19th century - how constricted her life was - but how a deaf woman was devalued and isolated even further. The book read like a Bronte novel...slow and deliberate and with painfully "correct" dialogue; but still the story was arresting and the characters believable.
Christina Wagoner
Absolutely loved it from the first page. I found it to be very well written and the story was fascinating. Found myself unable to put the book down, I just wanted to keep reading. It is a good love story with tragedy and romance interwoven into the storyline. The copy I received is a Reading Group Gold with a historical perspective in the back and reading group questions. This is a great novel for a book club.
Bheavenleigh
I love this book with all my heart. First of all, the vivid descriptions of a deaf woman's plight is touching and depressing in a sense. But what it beautiful is that she finds a way to prosper through her disability and finds someone who truly loves her, all the while filled with heartbreaking tragedies and suspense. This book is a brilliant masterpiece and I highly recommend it.
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Janice Graham was raised in Kansas and obtained her M.A. in French literature before pursuing graduate film studies at USC and English literature at UCLA in Los Angeles, California. Her screenplay Until September, a romantic comedy situated in Paris, was picked up by MGM and made into a film starring Karen Allen and Thierry Lhermitte. Her first novel, Firebird, became a New York...more
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