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The Dressmaker #2020

The Dressmaker 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 o

  • Title: The Dressmaker
  • Author: Kate Alcott Susan Duerden
  • ISBN: 9780307970121
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Audio CD
  • The Dressmaker By Kate Alcott Susan Duerden, 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 byJust 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 by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic s doomed voyage Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men, one a roughly hewn but kind sailor and the other an enigmatic Chicago millionaire But on the fourth night, disaster strikes.Amidst the chaos and desperate urging of two very different suitors, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat Tess s sailor also manages to survive unharmed, witness to Lady Duff Gordon s questionable actions during the tragedy Others including the gallant Midwestern tycoon are not so lucky.On dry land, rumors about the survivors begin to circulate, and Lady Duff Gordon quickly becomes the subject of media scorn and later, the hearings on the Titanic Set against a historical tragedy but told from a completely fresh angle, The Dressmaker is an atmospheric delight filled with all the period s glitz and glamour, all the raw feelings of a national tragedy and all the contradictory emotions of young love.

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    1. I am disappointed in this book Despite the inherently dramatic and heart rending disaster at the heart of the story, Alcott created a story lacking in emotion 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 against [...]

    2. Find the enhanced version of this and other reviews at flashlightcommentary.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 Titanic phase, studying any [...]

    3. Set in 1912, The Dressmaker tells the story of Tess Collins, an aspiring dressmaker, who manages to find a job working for the world renowned dress designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon as a maid while she and her husband travel to America on board the Titanic On board the ship, Tess meets two men, one an older but handsome Millionaire and the other an attractive, kind and good hearted sailor and develops feelings for both of them This is a tale about the aftermath of the disaster and about Tess, her [...]

    4. Look at this cover It s gorgeous right 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, like spitting ou [...]

    5. This should have been a slam dunk for me, since I am a dressmaker and a hard core Titanic enthusiast But no.Flat, unlikable characters the 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 create villains from a [...]

    6. I really liked this book even with the romance storyline it made me want to do research on what happened after the sinking of the Titanic and to learn about the survivors, which to me is what makes a good historical fiction book We all know the story of the sinking of the Titanic but I for one knew almost nothing about the aftermath, the scandal of what happened on the lifeboats, and the senate hearings.This book is about than just the aftermath of the Titanic but that is the backdrop that mak [...]

    7. The basic plot outline Tess Collins chafes at the life as a servant, and wants to realize her true skills as a seamstress, and whilst looking for opportunities at the dock she catches the attention of Lucile Duff Gordon Lady Lucy is minus a maid at the last minute, Tess gets the gig and before you know it servant Tess is out of steerage and walking the main decks of the Titanic, literally bumping into folks left and right including the very wealthy and still married Jack Bremerton I think everyo [...]

    8. Where I got the book audiobook from my local library.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 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 into famo [...]

    9. Here is a sweet historical romance, and though it is light on realism and tends towards idyllic fiction, several slightly deeper themes make the sweetness satisfying It offers a refreshing middle path between new fiction which leans towards the sadder extremes of human experience and that which artificially sweetens it for pure escapism In this respect it reminded me of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, though that comparison shouldn t be taken too far.The plot, which follows a [...]

    10. A dressmaker myself, I was intrigued when I saw this book and bought it without reading any reviews It starts off like your typical sappy romance novel plucky, beautiful of course , lower class heroine gets implausibly lucky, starts a new life, meets hunky rich of course men who instantly adore her, etc then tries to aim higher, with themes of guilt and responsibility and class conflict I ll give the author credit for trying, even though the novel is not really successful in exploring these them [...]

    11. I ve been a Titanic nut since I was nine or ten Initially I just jumped on the James Cameron s Titanic bandwagon, but soon it turned into something Sixteen years later, I have a fascination with the catastrophe So I was very, very excited when I found this on my library s Fortunate Finds shelf circa the 100th anniversary of the sinking.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 becoming a dr [...]

    12. Controversial picture of Lord Lady Duff Gordon, her secretary, and the other members of Lifeboat 1 image error 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 didn t think she did the right accent for Tess, the heroine I ve heard her reading before and liked her nonetheless, this time didn t wow me Of course, it didn t help that I wasn t crazy ov [...]

    13. I really wanted from this book than I got.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 sinking [...]

    14. This book wasn t anywhere near as good as I had hoped it would be.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 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 I knew w [...]

    15. When Tess Collins walked away from a thankless housemaid job in Cherbourg 1912d simultaneously found employment as a maid on the soon to be sailing Titanic ocean liner.le did she know that History would become a major part of her lifeGiven 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 as it is Torn between t [...]

    16. I can t help it I just keep thinking Where are Jack Rose Tess ends up in Molly Brown s lifeboatof course Am I the only one that feels like her lifeboat should be voted most referenced Titanic lifeboat in historical Titanic fiction Tess even pulls 2 lifeless bodies from the sea into the infamous never full lifeboat I have a feeling I would be enjoying this story a lot if she had managed to rescue Jack Rose from the frigid cold sea in Molly Brown s lifeboat I would finally get my happy Titanic en [...]

    17. I eagerly anticipated the release of this book and was excited to find it offered on the Vine I love the cover art and the graphic heading at the beginning of each chapter adds a nice touch to the aesthetic appeal of the book The basis of the story is compelling and historically accurate, which gives it further interest 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 Tess m [...]

    18. I read this while I was on a cruise of course, a cruise to the Bahamas looking at warm blue water is quite different than a transatlantic crossing in April Our balcony overlooked the lifeboats while looked like little submarines, all closed up and snug Quite a difference from the collapsible lifeboats on the Titanic, as well as having enough seats and a mandatory muster drill before the cruise began As other readers, I didn t really care about the romantic part or even the characters as much as [...]

    19. We all know of the Titanic, the Unsinkable Ship that struck and iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912 The ship, touted as the greatest ship ever built has had numerous novels written about it and the eponymous film we ve seen so many times made about it What most of us don t know is what after the sinking of the RMS Titanic That s where The Dressmaker comes in.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 is dise [...]

    20. It s now almost 100 years since the Unsinkable Titanic sunk This book is based on some true rather sad facts of what happened on this doomed cruise.The story opens with Tess Collins escaping her job, supposed to be a seamstress, but is a 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, she meets [...]

    21. The tragedy of the Titanic sinking is a moneymaker Films, documentaries, books there s a plethora of material out there Kate Alcott says, in the afterword, that what drove her to add to this collection was the question, Why did only one boat go back It s an interesting question, really an interesting look into mankind and its will to survive, even at the sacrifice of others Had the book done this, had it really looked and evaluated everything, I would have loved it Unfortunately, it falls flat I [...]

    22. La vicenda del famoso transatlantico Titanic mi ha sempre affascinata Non so proprio dire il perch Forse per l ironia della sorte che ha voluto che la nave orgogliosamente dichiarata inaffondabile sia colata a picco proprio durante il viaggio inaugurale O forse perch il Titanic rappresenta la fine di un epoca, il momento esatto in cui gli dei tramontano, un G tterd mmerung che potrebbe essere un nuovo inizio, ma anche, purtroppo, il prosieguo di una strada che conduce al baratro e di l a poco, i [...]

    23. Kate Alcott has hands down written a very good story.Having the story surrounded by the beautiful Titanic, and a wonderful mix of characters that were actually apart of history made this read even 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 in life and a dream in a world of fashion, a gifted wood carver, a famously rude and selfish designer, and two professional Broad [...]

    24. For a Historical Fiction, I thought the story was pretty good I liked the characters and who knows, it COULD HAVE really happened to the main characters involved I liked the ending, but will not give it away It keeps you guessing, right up until the end It was very easy to read and moved right along without a lot of boring detail There were a couple of points I think could have been cleared up between the sisters About the author s note regarding the last surviving member of the Titanic passange [...]

    25. Not only is this absolute junk, but the narration is horrible The reader s cadence is the same for every single sentence Every single sentence whether describing the sinking of the Titanic, a woman s red parasol, or a compact full of face powder It got so that I couldn t hear the words she was saying, I was just listening for some let up in her tedious, repetitive delivery I listened to this for 1 1 2 chapters Then I quit Schlock.

    26. This book fascinated me when I read the synopsis and saw the cover It looked like a whole new take on writing about the Titanic since it was mostly about this girl Tess Collinst about the Titanic She is a maid in Cherbourg and decides that she is going to get aboard the Titanic and start a new life in America as a seamstress After running into the famous fashion designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordan, she is hired to be her maid aboard the ship Tess accepts and looks forward to making her crossing on [...]

    27. Tess Collins has big plans She absolutely knows she is not cut out for service.So,she jumps ship leaving a house maid s position and wrangles herself a job as a lady s maid for the imperious Lucille Duff Gordon,a famous dress designer Lucille and her husband are bound for the States aboard the Titanic for the showing of Lucille s latest collection.Tess,with stars in her eyes,is sure she is off to make her own way in a new land On board the great ship, Tess is astounded by the wealth and the sump [...]

    28. I wasn t swept away by this book pun intended 2 1 2 stars rounded up.This could have been a heart wrenching story, but it was one step up from a Harlequin Romance If Kate Alcott had gotten rid of the love triangle, which added nothing to the story, and focused on the drama of the inquiry it would have been compelling The most interesting part of the story was the testimony at the inquiry The author s note said that much of it was taken from the actual transcripts There were some moments when t [...]

    29. Advised by her mother to hold off marriage in an attempt to save Tess from the drudgery of the life she led, her mother also passed on her talent as an adroit seamstress While Tess has managed to escape life in her hometown, she finds herself in the service of an overbearing mistress in Cherbourg, France Determined to pursue her dreams she ultimately attaches herself to Lady Lucille Duff Gordon, a popular dress designer in the early 1900 s and boards the Titanic I had a really hard time rating t [...]

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