The Tailor's Girl
Then Eden Valentine comes gliding into his world, a stunning seamstress who has a dream of her own business in high fashion but du ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I want it to be known that this resolution completely sucks for me.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Edie is an accomplished seamstress and has big dreams of her own. But she falls for the disarming stranger with no mem ...more
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 ...more
Her most recent historical fi ...more