I had flipped over to Audible to get a different book and I saw that this book, The Sewing Machine, by Natalie Fergie was there. Well me being me, how could I not get the book. I didn’t read any reviews…I didn’t read any synopsis. I just clicked, put it in my cart and paid. I NEVER do that. I sure hoped it was good after….then I had to finish another book before I could listen…so I listened quick so I could start this one.
So was I disappointed…read on.
I did like it once I got my brain wrapped around the format of the book. The story is told by several different people. Thank goodness there is a good break when each character’s story is told. It’s told over the span of the life of a sewing machine…so at it’s making in 1911 to modern day. For awhile it seemed a little hard to take in as I couldn’t figure out how whatever I was reading could be related to modern day but as the book got to about 3/4 of the way through things started to come together more and more. It was a little hard as one character only has one chapter….but it was important to remember that part.
The story was wonderful for me as I often thing about the antique pieces in my house wishing they could talk and tell me their story. In fact today as I was closing my kitchen cabinet doors I wondered what the lady who originally had them built would think if she knew that the house they were in was demolished but her upper cabinets were saved and live in my house.
..or what would the lady who owned my treadle think knowing I choose the treadle at times over my electric machine?
This story is a little bit of a “if this machine could talk story”.
Here’s what Amazon had to say:“It is 1911, and Jean is about to join the mass strike at the Singer factory. For her, nothing will be the same again. Decades later, in Edinburgh, Connie sews coded moments of her life into a notebook, as her mother did before her. More than 100 years after his grandmother’s sewing machine was made, Fred discovers a treasure trove of documents. His family history is laid out before him in a patchwork of unfamiliar handwriting and colourful seams. He starts to unpick the secrets of four generations, one stitch at a time.”
Amazon readers give the book 4.5 stars. I think I’d agree. I did like the book but as I said, it did take a bit to get used to the jumping from character to character. I’d agree with 4.5. I did enjoy learning a bit about the history of the manufacturing of the Singer sewing machines.
On a side note…the author has a blog. You can find it here.