The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott

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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.  

 

About Kate Alcott

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KATE ALCOTT was a reporter covering politics in Washington D.C., where she and her husband still live
 
Published February 21, 2012 by Anchor. 417 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In Alcott’s version, just before the ship leaves Europe, Lady Lucy hires a maid, Tess Collins, whose real passion is designing and sewing clothes.

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BC Books

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An enticing novel about a talented woman who survived the sinking of the Titanic.

Dec 05 2011 | Read Full Review of The Dressmaker

BC Books

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Author Kate Alcott debuts in The Dressmaker, an original piece of historical fiction.

Feb 18 2012 | Read Full Review of The Dressmaker

Examiner

The personal drama between Tess, the Duff Gordon's, the feisty New York Times reporter Sarah "Pinky" Wade and the two men vying for for Tess' hand take center stage as the ugly truth of the Titanic crash and its aftermath is revealed during the official investigation.

May 24 2012 | Read Full Review of The Dressmaker

Book Reporter

Tired of serving others in a menial position in a household in Cherbourg, France, Tess Collins is filled with ambition when she hears that there are jobs available on a ship sailing for America.

Feb 27 2012 | Read Full Review of The Dressmaker

The Bookbag

Weave in the excitement felt by a young girl living in New York for the first time – and indeed in a time where it first became accessible and possible – and you have all the ingredients for a sophisticated story which will appeal to readers for many reasons.

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Huffington Post

April 15, 2012, marks the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.

Feb 29 2012 | Read Full Review of The Dressmaker

Denver Post

(Her own lady's maid has failed to turn up.) Lucile has Tess moved into a stateroom next to her own, and she is able to wander the deck — and some of the sumptuous public rooms where she meets a mysterious millionaire who promptly falls in love with her and wants to give her the whole world.

Apr 04 2012 | Read Full Review of The Dressmaker

Historical Novel Society

A light romance released for the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, Kate Alcott’s tale of plucky Tess Collins follows Tess as she flees servitude in 1912 France to follow her dream of becoming a successful seamstress.

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Bookmarks Magazine

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. <...

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