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
Branch Call Number: LP FIC CHAMB
Characteristics: 497 pages.


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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.

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.

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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