By Kate Alcott
Atmospheric, authentic and utterly absorbing - this spirited historical novel will have timeless appeal to lovers of The Postmistress, My Last Duchess and The Kashmir Shawl
Torn between her dreams and the truth, she was faced with an impossible choice . . .
Tess, an aspiring seamstress, is stunned at her luck when the famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon hires her to be a personal maid on the Titanic's doomed voyage. When disaster strikes, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat - her employer also survives. On dry land, savage rumours begin to circulate: did Lady Duff Gordon save herself at the expense of others?
Tess's dream of becoming a skilled dressmaker is within her grasp but now she is faced with a terrible choice. Suddenly she finds herself torn between loyalty to the fiery woman who could help her realise her ambitions and the devastating truth that her mentor may not be all she seems.
Authentic and honest, The Dressmaker is a compelling and vivid story that will have you holding your breath until the last page.
*Shortlisted for the Goodreads Historical Novel Award*
Kate Alcott is a journalist who has covered politics in Washington DC, where she currently lives.
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28 Feb 2013
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A novel about human relationships, trust, loyalty and ambition . . . Pacy, well-written, full of drama, atmosphere and dilemma and is sure to fascinate — Hello!
This glitzy, glamorous tale packs a punch — Star magazine
Seamlessly stitching fact and fiction together, Alcott creates a hypnotic tale — USA Today
Based on true events surrounding the dramatic incident of 1912, this honest and engaging accounts of one woman's battle with love, loyalty, truth and what it means to be brave will have readers facing up to the reality of such an atrocity — U Magazine