Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Dressmaker 1

Kate Alcott, Book Review, titanic Book

As I was reading The Dressmaker by Rosalie Hamm this past week, I was reminded of another book by the exact same name, with a completely different story...

Summary (via Goodreads)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.
Review (3/5 stars): I'm a little conflicted about this book.  It was easy to get into and of course, with an opening setting of the Titanic, how can you not instantly be drawn in?  Even though some of the characters were based on real people, I found some of them just a little unrealistic.

Maybe it's just my own character flaws surfacing, but I'm not sure that I could've made some of the same decisions that Tess did, given the opportunities that were opening before her.

All in all it's a fun and easy read that will give you pause to consider the big "What would you do?" questions in life.  And the glimpse into the suffragette movement at it's beginnings shows just how far we've come, and yet just how much further we have to go.

Are you fascinated by Titanic stories?  Have you ever read more than 1 book with the same title?  Leave a comment below~

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