The Dressmaker's War

The Dressmaker's War

Large Print - 2016
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Gorgeously written and compulsively readable, The Dressmaker's War will appeal to readers of Amy Bloom, Sarah Waters, and Anthony Doerr.This is the story of Ada Vaughan, a brilliant English seamstress imprisoned by the Nazis during World War II: about her perseverance, the choices she makes to stay alive, and the haunting aftermath of war. An unforgettable heroine, Ada is a young working-class woman whose ambition for a better life ultimately comes at a heartbreaking cost.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781410486714
1410486710
Branch Call Number: LP FIC CHAMB
Characteristics: 497 pages.

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E_Ritchie
Mar 23, 2017

A very compelling read, and not like most WWII stories in the slightest. I devoured this book- it only took me three days to read, I was so captivated by Ada's plight.

Fair warning: this is not a light read, and does not have a happy ending. Don't pick up this book under the guise that you'll have fun reading about loss overcome and happiness through conflict, because that isn't this story. This is a story of a woman dragged into a version of hell, through her own choices and the actions of others, and her try for redemption after bone-shattering grief and cruelty. It may be brutal for readers who have lost children, in whatever way, or are closely connected to the events in wartime Germany.

However, I would recommend this book wholeheartedly. It is the story of an average, naive woman through times thick and thin, and provokes the question, what would I do in her position? Realistic and heart-wrenching, worth the read.

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martypmonts
Mar 01, 2017

Read this and kept hoping that Ada would learn from her past experiences. Thought how cruel the ending was for woman if that time.

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JaniceDeG
Jun 21, 2016

Well written book, and an enjoyable read but I found it hard to like the main character!

megannorthcote Jun 16, 2016

A good, but predictable read. Really wish there was a lot more character development with Ada. Story moved a bit too quickly and predictably for my tastes. A quick, interesting historical read though.

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