The Dressmaker - Kate Alcott

The Dressmaker

By Kate Alcott

  • Release Date: 2012-02-21
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4
4
From 550 Ratings

Description

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 theTitanic. 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.

BONUS: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Kate Alcott's The Daring Ladies of Lowell.  

Reviews

  • Enjoyed the Story

    4
    By Mac-Chick
    Loved the book and all the history involved, especially the storyline about the titanic. Sadly, history doesn't change much - especially with those who feel a sense of entitlement. A tad predictable on that front. I enjoyed how several of the main characters grew throughout the book, especially the main character. I also found it interesting to look up the real characters in Wikipedia. I love this genre of historical fiction. Definitely, a good read.
  • The dressmaker

    5
    By Jmbecker3
    Excellent and captivating. I truly enjoyed this book
  • The Dressmaker

    2
    By Krissyro
    This book was just so so. There wasn't an ounce of tension...sexual or otherwise- between any of the characters. The ending was quite lame. Could have been a much better book in the hands of a better writer.
  • The Dressmaker

    2
    By Allegreta
    having just finished reading this ambitious work, it pains me to say it is amateurish, uninteresting and thin characters prevail. implausible that lucile would grab Tess and make her a maid first and then an assistant. Also the constant repetition of what happened on Boat one -- it is understood from the first mention that Lucile/Cosmo were responsible for what happened and that with their urging only 12 were on board; a boat which easily could have accommodated 50 or more survivors. Why keep on about it? Lucile's confession to Tess at the end is superfluous. Tess is just too good to be true and her exposure to "the good life" ludicrous. Would never happen that way with a boss like Lucile. Pinky and her father were plausible and interesting characters. The men, Jim, Mr Bremerton, Cosmo -- stereotypical and laughable. Mr Bremerton especially,very cookie cutter -- rich, good looking, older able to give Tess the good life. The relationship between Lucile and Elinor might ring true. I would have liked to know more about it. Between Lucile and Cosmo? Please. I stayed with it hoping the Senate hearings would be interesting but they turned out to be beyond theatrical. Sorry for the blunt words but this is how I feel about this book. Thank you, Allegreta Blau
  • The Dressmaker

    1
    By HeatherA.Bloom
    Lucile Duff Gordon was accompanied by Cosmo and her assistant, Laura Mabel Francatelli. There was no Tess. Books like this are a waste of time to read. Even though it's fiction, I can't suspend reality for stories like this.
  • The Dressmaker

    5
    By Rooperdoo
    Loved this historical novel.
  • Very disappointing / nice story though

    3
    By Austin in mahwah
    I wish I knew it was fictional. I was waiting to find out who Tess really was. Nice story though.
  • The Dressmaker

    3
    By Perky too
    Interesting view of the aftermath of the Titanic tragedy. I enjoyed the book for most of the story. A fast and easy read I would classify as upscale chick lit!
  • So so

    2
    By Alwaysmissbeth
    Interesting subject. Weak in carictor development.
  • The Dressmaker

    4
    By Hollyrella
    The reader in the Audio version is very good. Enjoyed her voice. The story was good and definately reflected some accurate history of the time period. Just did not care for the ending.