Just in time for the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic comes a vivid, romantic, and relentlessly compelling historical novel about a spirited young woman who survives the disaster only to find herself embroiled in the media frenzy left in the wake of the tragedy.
Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired
Maybe I've been watching too much Downtown Abbey, but Tess didn't ring true at all. This young woman was raised in England and had been in service for at least a year; she should have been well aware of the expected behaviors and privileges associated with the different classes. Alcott could have created a character who was rebelling ...more
I have started to review Kate Alcott's The Dressmaker a hundred times and a hundred times I've thrown up my hands in frustration. Focusing on content alone makes it impossible to understand where I am coming from, but examining my experience with the book also leaves quite a bit out. Apologies, but this might be a little long winded.
It seems like a lifetime ago, but like so many I went through a ...more
While on board Tess catches the eye of two very different men, a rich handsome self ...more
I was really expecting a romantic, titanic tale with some rich designer or something. This was pretty good, but it wasn't that....
In a nutshell this is a fictional story trying to answer why did only one life-boat go back to rescue overboard passengers from the titanic. Alcott really focuses in on one boat in particular- Lifeboat #1, the Duff-Gordon's boat.
I am warning you I think I am about to go on a "Kristy Ramble".
This book was very informative, ...more
Flat, unlikable characters (the more I was obviously supposed to like them, the less I did) and the most boring retelling of an incredible story I've ever read. Couldn't even get through it all; by the middle I was just skimming. This book suffers from the worst sort of historical writing error - that of giving everyone a 'modern' sensibility. Plus, I hated how the author tried to ...more
This book is about more than just the aftermath of the Titanic but that is the ...more
I think ...more
The plot, which ...more
I read this book because I got into a discussion with Misfit about the likelihood of heroine Tess having a close relationship with the employer to whom she was supposed to be a maid. And then it's about the Titanic, and we really need more novels about the Titanic. No, seriously, it hasn't been mined out.
So, the plot: Tess is desperate to get away from life as a maid and fulfill her destiny as a seamstress. Fortunately she miraculously bumps ...more
The novel begins in Cherbourg, when Tess is picked up by Lady Duff Gordon and given passage on the Titanic. Tess is a maid with the ultimate goal of ...more
The Dressmaker is set around the sinking of the Titanic. The characters are based on actual people that were involved and rode on the destined ship. I am always eager to read novels set in this time period and also including details from this tragic incident. The premise for this book follows Tess, who gets onboard the Titanic after getting a job offer as a maid for Lady Duff Gordon, a famous dressmaker.
Most of the book follows the aftermath of the ...more
Tess Collins' is looking for a way to escaping working for the family that employs her when she runs to the docks the day the Titanic ...more
★★★☆☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Sorry, this one was just okay for me. Susan Duerden does a nice job, but not outstanding. Her best sessions were when she was narrating the Titanic aftermath hearing. I didnt think she did the right accent for Tess, the heroine. Ive heard her reading before and liked her; nonetheless, this time didn't wow me. Of course, it didnt help ...more
I was quite excited to read a story about the Titanic. I have long been fascinated by this part of history and had recently visited a Titanic museum, which awakened my curiosity and made this book seem all the more interesting!
The story started out pretty good, I thought, and I did enjoy it at first (even though parts of it were wholly unbelievable). The sinking of the ship made me cry, even though I didn't think it would because ...more
Given that the hearings, post "sinking", are a major part of this story, the actual trials are secondary to the social aspects....even the newly minted Suffragette Movement is given a back seat to the development of Tess' story, and character (such ...more
The story opens with Tess Collins escaping her job, supposed to be a seamstress, but is a more of a general maid. She knows a ship is sailing and hopes to secure any kind of a position to get on and get away from England. There her fateful adventure is about to begin. It's an eye opening world for her as she goes about in First Class on the ship, ...more
Having the story surrounded by the beautiful Titanic, and a wonderful mix of characters that were actually apart of history made this read even more of a pleasure. From their first steps onto the ship of dreams to the devastating sinking into the black waters; I could vividly see all perspectives: from a poor maid wanting more in life and a dream in a world of fashion, a gifted wood carver, a famously rude and selfish designer, and two ...more
Tess Collins, an aspiring seamstress, has landed a job working for the world renown designer Lucille Duff Gordon, just as Lady Gordon is boarding the Titanic. Once on board ...more
As other readers, I didn't really care about the romantic part or even the characters as ...more
This book was so good that I wish a movie could be made based on it! It was THAT good!
Much of the book is written after the sinking and the ...more
The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott shines a whole new lighkt on the sinking of the Titanic. Kate Alcott writes about some of the real people who were aboard the Titanic, bringing together fact and fiction.
This is another book that I picked up after visiting the Titanic museum in Pidgeon Forge. My mom and I read this book at the same time and she actually finished it first, which is really saying something for me. This book went slow for me, I didn't feel ...more
About the author's note regarding the last surviving member of the Titanic ...more
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I was excited to read to this one, but after a few chapters I was really forcing myself to read this one. Had this book not been for a group read, I may have given up reading it. It was an interesting subject matter, but the writing style didn't suck me in. I also didn't find the characters engaging. I wasn't invested in any of them to see how it ended. I kept reading more to participate in the group read.
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