A shy girl with no family, Maria knows she's lucky to have landed in the sewing room of the royal household. Before World War I casts its shadow, she catches the eye of the Prince of Wales, a glamorous and intense gentleman. But her life takes a far darker turn, and soon all she has left is a fantastical story about her time at Buckingham Palace.
Decades later, Caroline Meadows discovers a beautiful quilt in her mother's attic. When she can't figure out the meaning of the message embroidered into its lining, she embarks on a quest to reveal its mystery, a puzzle that only seems to grow more important to her own heart. As Caroline pieces together the secret history of the quilt, she comes closer and closer to the truth about Maria.
Pause-resistant and heartbreaking, The Forgotten Seamstress weaves together past and present in an unforgettable journey.
©2014 Liz Trenow (P)2014 Tantor
"The two narratives are seamlessly woven together, forming a heartrending tapestry of tragedy and resilience." (Booklist)
I'm a busy stay at home Mom, with an adolescent "special needs" kiddo & my husband with MS. I love gardening, cooking, reading, and hand crafts. Being able to listen to a book while I'm doing other things (including dreadful things like housekeeping) is heavenly!
I found the story captivating (and unfortunately, entirely plausible). The writer wove many time periods into the tale without creating a convoluted mess. I also appreciated how the narrator gave distinct personalities to the 3 primary characters.
Two stories, connected by a beautiful antique quilt. The way these separate narratives ultimately come together does depend on an incredible amount of coincidence, but the characters are so sympathetic ( especially Maria, the "forgotten seamstress" of the title) that the story is enjoyable. Good narration.
This was a beautifully written story spanning several generations, exploring cultural differences and obstacles. It imposed upon me the reality surrounding the affairs of the heart and all of those affected by decisions and actions made by powerful, influential people.
When I started it I found it a little difficult to get into because of the language difference with the strong English accents. After awhile I really enjoyed the variety of voice interpretations for the different characters.
I was immensely intrigued by the storyline relating to the patchwork quilt and totally captivated by the historical research and the steps that were taken to discover truths hidden in the fabric and stitches. I was convinced more than ever of the importance of labeling quilts and other works of art for accurate provenance. I was sad when the story ended.
This book has everything - romance, mystery, action and was very nicely delivered by the narrator.
The story takes you along without a hitch - going effortlessly from one character to the other. If you like sewing, fabrics, quilting, etc. this is the book for you. The fabric descriptions are graphic and pleasant - historically interesting.
I especially like the scene where she recovers the quilt from the vagrant.
I would have listened in one sitting if it had been possible - but taking it in several segments worked fine.
This is a lovely story which is greatly enhanced by the wonderful reader - I enjoyed it more than I can describe.
A fun historical fiction piece that displays the wonder of sewing and women's lives. Great interweaving of three different points in time.
No to both; ending was poor and narration was awful
the ending is too neat and tidy; a happily ever after should still be believable.
narrator was awful; tried having some accents for characters. However, most characters sounded the same and there was no enough delineation to be able to tell which character was speaking. Poor use of inflection.
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