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The Tailor's Girl

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,157 ratings  ·  138 reviews
A humble soldier, known only as 'Jones', wakes in hospital with no recollection of his past. The few fleeting fragments of memory he glimpses are horrifying moments from the battlefield at Ypres. His very identity becomes a puzzle he must solve.

Then Eden Valentine comes gliding into his world, a stunning seamstress who has a dream of her own business in high fashion but du
Kindle Edition, 421 pages
Published October 23rd 2013 by Penguin Australia (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jan 16, 2018 rated it did not like it

Dnf @30%.

Obviously, I’m missing something here as most reviewers gave the story high ratings. But I can’t continue as it gets more melodramatic and far-fetched than I can handle.

A shell-shocked amnesia-struck war hero doesn't know his name, where he was rescued from, or where he belongs. He enlists assistance of our heroine to help him leave the hospital and ends up at the house she shares with her father. A couple of hours together plus an earth-shattering kiss and they are smitten to the p
Dale Harcombe
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A man returns from World War 1 and ends up in a military hospital. He can remember being in the trenches with the other soldiers at Ypres but can remember nothing else, not even his name. Then he meets Eden Valentine, a Jewish seamstress and his life changes. Tom, is the name he and Eden choose for him as he begins to forge a new life. Does this sound a little familiar? Like it has been done before. Well, yes it has. So what kept me reading? The characters. Tom is an interesting character, as is ...more
Lisa Bonnici
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have been reading Fiona McIntosh since she launched her first book, and it is great to see her moving forward in great leaps and bounds.

I have loved every one of her books, but this one is definitely one of her best to date.

I believe she is really coming into her forte in the genre and it shows in this book.

The time setting, location and attention to detail is hard to ignore.

You need to read this book with a great cup of coffee, large block of Chocolate and a box of tissues!

I've, laughed, crie
As Jonesy woke from yet another nightmare, Nurse Nance was quickly at his side. Recovering from wounds received on the battlefields of Ypres, his mental anguish was absolute. For Jonesy had no memory of who he was, no memory of the very battlefield which injured him so – only fleeting glimpses of dreams and memories which wouldn’t stay, no matter how hard he tried. Jones was the nickname he’d been given in the hospital – there was a Brown, a Smith and a Green, all with the dreadful “shellshock” ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aussie-author
3.5 stars

This is my first Fiona McIntosh book and from what I understand, she writes a lot of historical fiction. I loved the idea of this one: a soldier wakes up in a hospital with no memory - he doesn't know his name, where he was rescued from, or where he belongs. He grows more and more melancholy as days go by and no one comes to "claim" him. Along comes Eden Valentine, who with the tap of her high heels, brings a way of escape.

I wanted to like this story more than I did, but the way the mem
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

I've been eager to read The Tailor's Girl, having liked everything I have read by Fiona McIntosh, in fact a glowing quote from my review of her last novel, The French Promise appears on the book jacket of this novel. Yet I have to confess that I was disappointed by this story that is essentially a historical romance, which is not my favourite genre.

The characters are appealing, 'Tom' is a charming wounded war hero who inspires sympathy as he struggles with amnesia after fighting on the front. Ed
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fiona McIntosh writes to keep the reader comfortable. The characters are drawn as likeable and the story flows taking different paths but usually ending as a cosy read. The Tailor's Girl was an extremely enjoyable read. Falling in love with the main players and their lives, gathering together history of an era and flipping through the story without too much angst. Fiona portrays the history of the time beautifully, the family values, the place of women and the general bustle and vibrancy of post ...more
This was my fifth Fiona McIntosh book, and I haven’t read a bad one yet. I enjoyed this one set mostly in post-WWI England but with some flashbacks to war-time. The ending was no surprise, but I very much enjoyed the journey to get there - and there were a few surprises along the way!
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love books like this. They sweep you into the era with such detail that you feel like you are there. This one had an unusual twist which made it particularly fun to read.. I want more!
DNF at 38%

I want it to be known that this resolution completely sucks for me.
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Fiona McIntosh is one of my favourite authors (and my favourite Aussie Fantasy author), and I would recommend any one of her fantasy series' in a heartbeat. Unfortunately The Tailor's Girl just didn't work for me.

Reading should be a thing of enjoyment and escapism but I just found this book a complete chore. The story itself is fine and, as always, Fiona's writing is vivid and intricate and the actions of these char
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Tailor’s Girl
Fiona McIntosh

The Tailor’s Girl by Fiona McIntosh is the best book I have read this year; maybe all time. Romance is combined with the trauma suffered by a returned World War 1 soldier who is suffering amnesia and shell shock, as it was known back then. Jonesy, as the staff called him, is hospitalised towards the end of World War 1, and has no memory of anything prior to waking up in this establishment.

A friendly visitor (Eden) helps him escape from the hospital and he begins
Nov 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I love this story, so much...I've seen the movie 20 times. The movie you ask, why yes - Random Harvest (1942) starring Greer Garson and Ronald Colman based on the novel 'Random Harvest' by James Hilton who also wrote 'Goodbye Mr Chips' and 'Lost Horizon'.

The plot in Random Harvest - a WWI soldier with amnesia in santorium named Smithy, meets a woman, settles into life together, goes to Liverpool for a job interview and is hit by a taxi, loses his post-war memory
Rachael McDiarmid
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is only the second Fiona McIntosh book I have read (another is already on the 'to read' pile) and I must say she is quickly becoming a favourite. After all this book combines historical fiction and romance - what more can a girl like me ask for? I actually didn't want this book to end because I enjoyed visualising it, I was there with the characters, I was in their world (London at the end of WWI) and when I finished the book I desperately wished this book could be made into a movie because ...more
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Fiona McIntosh book I have ever read - but it won't be the last. The Tailor's Girl was lovely, a perfect mesh of several genres; romance, suspense, historical fiction, mystery. The characters were likeable and engaging and the attention to historical detail impressive. I particularly enjoyed the way McIntosh makes her female characters strong and empowered, even in a historical setting where women were not afforded the same rights and responsibilities they are today.
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww1-fiction
I loved this book. As usual, Fiona McIntosh's writing is wonderful. She draws the reader into the book.

I didn't want to put this book down, nor did I want it to end!!
Aryani Siti
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful story. I love it. Really don't wanna stop reading this book. I was so courios about what's gonna happen next. But when it's come to an end - Oh no! I don't like the ending. But I do really enjoyed it.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I'll be generous and say this was an error of casting on my part: I expected it to be a book in the style of Kate Morton, but it turned out to be a "Romance". It didn't start too badly, despite an annoying audiobook narration where!everything!was!an!exclamation!with!the!same!emphasis.

But soon, things stopped making sense. An amnesiac WWI veteran is "rescued" from a hospital by a jewish girl that takes him home to her father. Obviously, in the journey they fall madly in love, for some mysterious

Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Fiona McIntosh has long been considered one of Australia's pre-eminent novelists. With her recent forays into crime fiction and now contemporary literature, combined with her incredible back log of speculative fiction, she has elevated her standing to one of the world's elite. Her latest release - THE TAILOR'S DAUGHTER - is ample proof of this claim.

Set just after the end of the first world war in London, the book tells of a modern day love triangle featuring the amnesia-st
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from The Reading Room (THANK YOU!) for review purposes and I am so glad I did! This was my first introduction to Fiona McIntosh's work and I can honestly say that I loved it and look forward to reading more from this talented writer. From the onset the reader will find that the setting in post war London successfully evokes the feelings of the time and the struggles faced by the returning soldiers, the war having changed their psyches forever. The main characters are well fo ...more
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This would definitely be my favourite Fiona McIntosh novel so far. From the start I was caught up in Edie and Tom/Alex's lives and, after Tom's accident, had my fingers crossed that, somehow, these two star-crossed lovers would find their way back to each other.

Fiona McIntosh always knows how to create extremely likeable characters, and Eden and Tom/Alex were both sweeties and I enjoyed following their journeys. I especially admired Eden for her strength of characters and determination to be mor
It's 1919, and "Jonesy" can't remember who he is. He remembers glimpses of his times in the trenches, believing he was in the battle of Ypres, but he has no memory of his life from before the war and cannot remember his name. Feeling helpless and wanting to do something to leave the hospital he's been recovering in, he enlists the help of the local Tailor's Girl, Edie Valentine.

Edie is an accomplished seamstress and has big dreams of her own. But she falls for the disarming stranger with no mem
Anthony Dalton
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scanned-books
What is it about Fiona McIntosh, I can't help but read her novels in one sitting. I read Fields of Gold a couple of years ago and loved it, so I purchased The Tailor's Girl, expecting more of the same. I wasn't disappointed because I did love it, however this lacked the action and adventure I was expecting. Nonetheless I was drawn in to life in 1920's London through a series of wonderfully developed characters and a well woven plot, that initially I thought would fail to capture my attention for ...more
Meg Collins
This was a warm and inviting read. I'm quite a fan of Fiona's books now and The Tailor's Girl would have to be my favourite of those I've read so far.

Where most wartime historical fiction focuses on the events as they were happening, this book focuses on the aftermath and the trauma returned soldiers experienced and I really liked that about this story.

Filled with mystery, romance and delicious descriptions of tailoring and dressmaking during the rise of the Jazz age, I'd recommend this to any
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely a girly read - hopelessly romantic, very improbable yet with a fairly predictable outcome, but a lovely book that kept me hooked the whole way. It really felt like watching a romantic movie. It's the story of a shell shocked soldier who returns from WW2 having lost his memory. He manages to build a happy life and family before regaining his old memories and losing memories of his current life. The search for his missing link, and his wife's search for him go on as they both li ...more
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sweet story, but not compellingly told. The dialogue doesn't ring true: British reserve is a stereotype for a reason, and yet almost everyone in this book is incredibly candid, even with near-perfect strangers. This candour contributes to the feeling that everything happens so quickly, that major life events are piling one upon the other and rushing to the conclusion. I felt I was reading a condensed version of a longer, more elegant novel.
Barb Rosie
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I thought the setting of post-war London was wonderful, especially the author's descriptions of the fashions at that time. The book had a very cinematic feel to it - I think it would make a wonderful movie. The story is well-paced, with lots of twists and turns - all in all a great love story!
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really enjoyable read & I did like the period in which it was set. Well done Fiona, all that research was well worth it.
Chris Robbins
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always a fantastic writer and a wonderful read
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read! Couldn't put it down. Highly recommend.
Robyn Gibson
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A soldier has spent some time in a military hospital with no memory of his past and doesn't even know his own name. He has shell shock and recalls slight glimpses of the battleground where he fought in Ypres. The Spanish flu is affecting so many people so he is keen to get away from the flu and the boredom of hospital life. A party has been organised so he takes the opportunity to ask a beautiful visitor whether she would help him get through the gate of the hospital. The weather is dreadful so ...more
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Fiona writes best selling historical adventure-romance alongside the heroic-romantic, often brutal, fantasy she built her career upon. She lives in Australia but frequently roams the world meticulously researching the locations and gathering material for her historical novels that have international settings. Her books are published worldwide and in various languages.
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