Book 36: The Dressmaker

TITLE: The Dressmaker
AUTHOR: Kate Alcott
STARTED: November 24, 2016
FINISHED: December 8, 2016
PAGES: 306
GENRE: Fiction

FIRST SENTENCE: Tess pulled at the corner of the sheets she had taken straight from the line and tried to tuck them tight  under the mattress, stepping back to check her work.

SUMMARY: [From Amazon] 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.

THOUGHTS: This book was not good. It started out being not good and it never got better. The characters are cookie cutters with no real motivations. The drama is weak and overwritten. The history is wrong. There are so many anachronisms that I was tempted to chuck this thing against the wall. The narrative was choppy. It was just bad. Bad. bad. bad.

The only reason this book gets a 3 instead of a 1 is that I liked one character who was a feminist and saw things as gray instead of black and white. Also, I have a thing for Titanic and the cover was pretty.

Don't read this book. It's not worth the time.

RATING: 3/10 [Poor, Lost Interest]