What I’m Reading: The Dressmaker

I just finished up reading The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott.

I had high hopes for the book.  It suppose to be a Titanic novel with part of the story told while the characters crossed the ocean.

Here’s what Amazon had to say, “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 her personal maid on the Titanic. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men—a kind sailor and an enigmatic Chicago businessman—who offer differing views of what lies ahead for her in America. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes, and amidst the chaos, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat.

The survivors are rescued and taken to New York, but when rumors begin to circulate about the choices they made, Tess is forced to confront a serious question.  Did Lady Duff Gordon save herself at the expense of others? Torn between loyalty to Lucile and her growing suspicion that the media’s charges might be true, Tess must decide whether to stay quiet and keep her fiery mentor’s good will or face what might be true and forever change her future.”

It started out good and I was sure I was going to love it…but didn’t.  The story was just told…not much emotion was there…It was the author telling us the person was scared…not me feeling the person was scared.  I just didn’t feel as connected to the characters as I wish I was…then the story just ended without any real preparation.

I am only giving it a 3 stars…not horrible but not something I am going to tell you to run out and get your hands on.  Amazon readers say 4 stars.

Have any of you read it?  What did you think?

The next book in my queue happens to be a Titanic novel too.  I hope this one is better.

1 thought on “What I’m Reading: The Dressmaker”

  1. I read this book too, and I have to agree with your review. I was pretty disappointed with it. I did do a google search and read up on Lady Duff Gordon (who I had never heard of before).

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