Just in time for the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic
comes a vivid, romantic, and relentlessly compelling historical novel
about a spirited young woman who survives the disaster only to find
herself embroiled in the media frenzy left in the wake of the tragedy.
an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when
she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a
personal maid on the Titanic's doomed voyage. Once on board, Tess
catches the eye of two men, one a roughly-hewn but kind sailor and the
other an enigmatic Chicago millionaire. But on the fourth night,
Amidst the chaos and desperate urging of two
very different suitors, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a
lifeboat. Tess’s sailor also manages to survive unharmed, witness to
Lady Duff Gordon’s questionable actions during the tragedy.
Others—including the gallant Midwestern tycoon—are not so lucky.
dry land, rumors about the survivors begin to circulate, and Lady Duff
Gordon quickly becomes the subject of media scorn and later, the
hearings on the Titanic. Set against a historical tragedy but told from a completely fresh angle, The Dressmaker
is an atmospheric delight filled with all the period's glitz and
glamour, all the raw feelings of a national tragedy and all the
contradictory emotions of young love.