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The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
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Feb 21, 2012

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Read in February, 2012

As we approach the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic readers will see the publication of many books on the sinking, the survivors, and the disaster at large. They will also find a delightful historical novel, The Dressmaker, by Kate Alcott which examines the event and its aftermath. Tess, a talented seamstress stuck in a job as a maid makes an impulsive decision to quit her job and attempts to obtain working passage on the Titanic in hopes of starting a new life in America. In a lucky break she hired to be a personal maid to the famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon. Before the fateful sinking Tess meets a young sailor and a middle aged millionaire that both impact her life in many ways. While Tess and Lady Duff Gordon are able to survive the sinking they are separated, Tess to an overcrowded lifeboat with Molly Brown and Lady Duff Gordon to what comes to be known as “the millionaire’s boat” which was shockingly half full. When the survivors reach New York they are forced to face their own actions on the night of the disaster, their individual survivor’s guilt, as well as a Congressional hearing into the events surrounding the sinking, not to mention the prying eyes of the news. Tess is unsure of her benefactor’s actions during the sinking. Alcott has created a glamorous novel filled with period detail, which also deftly combines actual survivor testimony and the pure emotions of the tragedy. The Dressmaker is also a delightful romance and pays homage to the women’s movement of the time. It will doubtlessly leave readers wondering what they would have done on that fated night.
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Rose Ann glad you liked it...that means I will most likely like it too! :)

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