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3.46  ·  Rating details ·  57 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews


“I loved this book! The synopsis really intrigued me. It was such an easy book to get into, and kept me guessing. What a unique story! Who wouldn’t want to find a chest of old dresses and when trying them on, gets pulled into the late 16oos!? A good clean book that has loads of history and intrigue. It’s perfect for you
Kindle Edition, 238 pages
Published (first published November 27th 2009)
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Oct 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dressmaker is an enchanting historical mystery sprinkled with magic. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Picky was a lot younger than I expected her to be. I saw a lot of myself at thirteen in her actually: snappy, grumpy and fed up with homework! But it was when she annoyed me that I got worried! Her slip-ups in and reactions to 17th century society had me giggling to myself throughout.

The historical detail in The Dressmaker is meticulous. All of the outfits were beautifully described and the sounds an
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
This was a pleasure to read. Penelope – aka Picky – was such a great character to spend time with. She had such a humorous voice throughout that I found myself laughing out loud. The time travel aspect of the story was handled really well and added to the story. Mary Naylus did a great job of balancing the past and the present throughout the book – I was equally interested in both. The present dealt with the issues of bullying, self image and an absentee father – all of which were handled with c ...more
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
Gym reading, aka free or super cheap on the Kindle. I'm still trying to work my way through some of the early books I picked up when I first got my Kindle. I'm thinking the next set, I'll abandon that and just pick some stuff that I really want to read instead of just doing the next set, chronologically.

This was okay, but it wasn't great. Logically, it just didn't make much sense. So, the main character finds a trunk of old clothes in her grandmother's attic when she's locked in and cold. She pu
Dec 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a rule, I do not read novels that involve time travel. I prefer novels to be set fully in the historical period that the author wishes to explore. I have no idea where this prejudice emerged from but it is part of my identity as a reader. However, having just finished The Dresskeeper I have had my foolish dislike of this device eradicated. Naylus uses the time travel device expertly and it allows her to have her very contemporary protagonist explore 17th century London. Picky Robson was a con ...more
Steph Bowe
Nov 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picky was a great narrator - sharply funny and just a bit sarcastic - and I absolutely loved her journeys back through time. When she puts on a dress in her grandmother's attic, she's Amelia, alive 300 years before and betrothed to a rich but awful Earl, and she appears in the garret of a dressmaker's. When she takes off the dress, she travels back to the present day - but she has to be in the dressmaker's in order to get back. She's skipping between the two realities, and the parts set in the 1 ...more
Carolyn  Storer
I really enjoyed this story. I liked the main character Picky (real name Penelope), and all the supporting cast of characters were well written and had a lot of depth to them. I was able to immerse myself in Picky's life quite quickly and found the travelling from the present to the past really interesting and most of the time absorbing.

Picky, however, did have an annoying habit of saying "no, seriously" quite a lot, which at first was quite funny as I could really hear a thirteen-year-old sayin
Jillian (PidginPea's Book Nook)
Picky Robson is a 13-year-old who finds herself in 1680s London after trying on a dress in her grandmother's attic. She is still in the same attic, but someone else is there with her - someone who calls her Amelia and is trying to kill her. She escapes back to her own century just as the murderer's knife presses into her, but from the blood on the dress, she assumes Amelia was not so lucky.

Picky goes back and forth from her own time to the past by putting on and taking off different dresses in t
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crazily-wacky
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I've had this book on my shelf for a long time and ive really been looking forward to reading it for a long time. This is a young adult book, suitable for the younger side of the scale too. Its about a girl called Picky, who is a typical teenage girl. She is bullied at school, something that lots of people can identify with, her father isnt really interested in her and she has to look after her Gran who has dementia too.

It is one weekend at her Grans that Picky puts on a dress and is transported
I found The Dresskeeper to be slow at first but about three quarters of the way in it picked up and I devoured the rest of the book.
I don’t usually get to read many books by British authors and so this one was quite a nice change. Not only did it feature London in the present, it also contained London in the past which was really interesting. Another thing that sets this book apart is that the language is different. From Mary Naylus’ writing style you just get the feeling of a British protagonis
Nov 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t think I would enjoy this; I love watching period dramas on TV and at the cinema, but when it comes to reading them, I’m not so great at understanding the language, but I thought I would give this book a go anyway. I am so glad I did, I really enjoyed it!

I loved Picky’s voice, and learning things about the time period through her experience of it. There was no trouble understanding the language as it was all through Picky’s point of view, and it was really quite amusing!

The plot was real
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
The Dresskeeper is a witty historical fiction, containing both a mysterious past and a modern voice that lets us see London's history through the eyes of a humorous teenage girl.

Naylus time traveling adventure is a page turner, leaving you wanting more and being surprised with what happens next. With a great balance of the past and Picky's current real life issues - between school and home life, the author makes you feel your not missing anything in either of her worlds. I myself felt as if I w
Jan 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, young-adult, fantasy
I really liked Picky as the narrator. She had a young voice which was sarcastic and cynical and very funny to read. She brings a modern voice of a teenager to historical London. Her initial observations of 17th century London were hilarious and she brought up many facts that I didn’t know about.

The idea of putting on an old dress and learning some of the history associated with the dress really intrigued me. While Picky’s time traveling escapades keeps the story moving, I felt at times Picky di
The Sweet Bookshelf
I loved this book! I woke up today to it in my mailbox and began reading it immediately. The synopsis really intrigued me. It was such an easy book to get into, and kept me guessing. What a unique story! Who wouldn't want to find a chest of old dresses and when trying them on gets pulled into the late 16oo's!? A good clean book that has loads of history and intrigue. What's not to like? It's perfect for young teens! The UK release date for The Dresskeeper is set for Nov 30. Reserve your copy now ...more
Oct 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-version
I found this book a quick and easy read. And as my name is Penelope too (the main character is also Penelope, but called picky, I suppose to be hip and trendy!)I thought I would give it a go!! I was very disappointed in it as Time travel books usually have me hooked. The story had holes left right and centre, but it was farily enjoyable if you remembered is written from the perspective of a 13 year old girl, for (in my opinion 13 yr old girls). It was a good idea having the dress transport you ...more
Kate Pinn
Oct 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt that this was a really original book. I was hooked and wanted to know what would happen next. I had a few minor issues with it but overall I thoroughly enjoyed it. There is more detail on my thoughts of the book here:
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. I enjoyed the main character's sense of humor. :)
Jo Anne
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it

This book was good. It was one of those you never wanted to put down because you want to know more about picky and AmeliA. Would like to read more by this author.
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