A beautifully crafted story breathes life into the cameo character from the classic novel A Tale of Two Cities.France, 1788It is the best of times . . .On a tranquil farm nestled in the French countryside, two orphaned cousinsRene and Laurettehave been raised under the caring guardianship of young mile Gagnon, the last of a once-prosperous family. No longer starving girls, Laurette and Rene now spend days tending Gagnon's sheep, and nights in their cozy loft, whispering secrets and dreams in this time of waning innocence and peace.It is the worst of times . . .Paris groans with a restlessness that can no longer be contained within its city streets. Hunger and hatred fuel her people. Violence seeps into the ornate halls of Versailles. Even Gagnons table in the quiet village of Mouton Blanc bears witness to the rumbles of rebellion, where Marcel Moreau embodies its voice and heart.It is the story that has never been told.In one night, the best and worst of fate collide. A chance encounte...
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The Seamstress Reviews
We follow two cousins back at the time prior and during the French Revolution, living on a farm, having been given sanctuary by their guardian.
One is a talented seamstress and we follow her to the royal court and watch her win favor there. What a hard time in history for the French people, and we put faces on what leads to the over thrown of their government.
Surprises are found here, and all the way to the end I was hoping for different answers, but once you start on this story you will have to ...more
Destined to be a classic in its own right, The Seamstress is everything I love about historical fiction. The robust characters not only interact with real and pivotal events, but they embody the attitudes of the day in ways that are accessible for the modern reader. Pitman’s power of language drew me deep into revolutionary France, and her accurate and sensitive portrayal of the turmoil earned my undying respect. The Seamstress is an intricate tapestry hemmed in truth and grace. A masterpiece.
This is the first book I've read by Allison Pittman and I absolutely loved it. Pittman did a masterful job with everything from storytelling to structuring the novel to creating memorable characters. I loved the depth of the characters, the story itself, and the glimpse of French history it provided. I especially loved how Pittman opened the novel with a prayer poem and then went on to structure the book using each line of the prayer as the basis for each subsequent part of the novel. So effecti ...more
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Sometimes a novel inspired by a famous classic achieves classic status in and of itself, and that is what I believe The Seamstress by Allison Pittman is destined to become. Intrigued by the cameo appearance of a seamstress in the closing pages of A Tale of Two Cities, Pittman fleshes out an epic and haunting tale of two young orphan cousins, their kind guardian, and the life-changing choices they made during a bloody and turbulent time. Perso ...more
Oh my goodness this book. I really had no idea what to expect with this novel. I have been reading Pittman's books for years so I know how talented she is as an author. This book is her best work in my opinion. The story flips between two cousins and this was so well done. The history is fascinating and the setting, Versailles and the countryside, are perfection. Having been there it made this book all the better! There are so many layers to this story but I will tell you that it is so well done ...more
Author Allison Pittman has taken a minor character from Charles Dickens’ book, “A Tale of Two Cities” and given her a tale all her own. The character now has a name, Renee, a stronger voice, and emotions that will leap off of the pages of this book and straight into your heart. The three other main characters, Laurette, Gagnon, and Marcel all come to life with the skilled stroke of the author’s pen.
For years I have been a fan of the gifted wordsmith Pittman. Her writing style is engaging and alw ...more
"The Seamstress is a study in nostalgia: carefully evoking a classic while establishing itself as a classic in its own right. Deftly and intelligently nodding to its magnanimous source material, A Tale of Two Cities, it remains confident as its own entity. Appealing equally to Dickensian readers and the uninitiated, The Seamstress is a lush, moving and brilliantly sewn world. The thinking reader’s inspirational read, it is at once rich, beguiling and accessibly readable. Its aftertaste will spoi ...more
What an amazing, epic, and powerfully moving historical fiction set during the earlier years of the French Revolution. This is the first book I’ve read by Allison Pittman and she has garnered another devoted reader! The author’s writing style is hauntingly melodic and nostalgic; the combination of first person and third person narrative works well to bring a cohesive and well-constructed plot that spans quite a few years and takes place in several places. The characters are wonderfully layered, ...more