By Kate Alcott
Doubleday, 2012. 306 pgs. Fiction
With dreams of a future filled with success and happiness, Tess runs away from her job as a simple housemaid in London and negotiates passage to America acting as a personal maid to Lady Lucile Duff Gordon. Service to Lady Duff Gordon, a world famous designer, is simply a means to an end. Tess is already an accomplished seamstress and is determined to make her own mark in the fashion world. But fate has placed Tess aboard the Titanic and her future may be as doomed as the ships maiden voyage.
‘The Dressmaker’ is a lovely novel filled with historical details and free of almost anything readers may find objectionable. It provides a perspective of the famous tragedy that not everyone may be aware of, following survivors into the weeks following their rescue. Alcott presents a solid work of historical fiction with just the right combination of intrigue, romance, and adventure. An easy recommendation!