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The Forgotten Seamstress Audiobook

The Forgotten Seamstress

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"The two narratives are seamlessly woven together, forming a heartrending tapestry of tragedy and resilience." (Booklist)

What Members Say

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    SusanKC Kansas City, MO (for now) 03-26-15
    SusanKC Kansas City, MO (for now) 03-26-15

    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!

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    "I enjoyed listening to this book"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carla 10-24-16
    Carla 10-24-16
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    "Enchanting work of art!"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    S. Ayers 05-31-17
    S. Ayers 05-31-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Life without F"

    The story itself is awesome! However, I thought at first that my ears were playing tricks, but no, the narrator really does pronounce the letter "f" as a p. Life is Lipe, coffee is coppee, of is op. I almost turned the book off in the middle because of the narrators speech impediment. It was very distracting and very disappointing for a great story.

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    Ruth Bain 04-22-17
    Ruth Bain 04-22-17

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    "Past and present"

    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.

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    Donna 05-13-16
    Donna 05-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyed the book"

    This was really good. Didn't expect the ending. Enjoyed the narrator. Wanted the story to continue

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    Kindle Customer 06-17-15 Member Since 2010
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    "A wonderful, touching, riveting story."
    What did you love best about The Forgotten Seamstress?

    This book has everything - romance, mystery, action and was very nicely delivered by the narrator.<br/><br/>


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.<br/>


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I especially like the scene where she recovers the quilt from the vagrant.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have listened in one sitting if it had been possible - but taking it in several segments worked fine.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a lovely story which is greatly enhanced by the wonderful reader - I enjoyed it more than I can describe.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daisy 06-15-17
    Daisy 06-15-17
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    "gentle reminder that it can be a small world​"

    the narrator brings the story to true belief of a journey of for a real family.

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    Karen Schlosser 08-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Tidy Package Undone"

    There are always loose ends that can come undone when taking care of secrets, the unwanted truths perceived to be harmful.

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    Linda Adamson Gwinnett County in Georgia 07-23-17
    Linda Adamson Gwinnett County in Georgia 07-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An interesting journey"
    What made the experience of listening to The Forgotten Seamstress the most enjoyable?

    I sew and make quilts. The title caught my eye. I have so many books but I finally took a break from the others to read this one. The journey of the seamstress and those of the one who got the quilt and started her quest. It was very intriguing and hurtful. I know from history that people were put in places like that to get them out of the way, doesn't mean they need to be kept there. We've come a long way from those horrible times.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would like to know how the couple looking for the quilt managed afterwards. They seemed like a lovely couple and possibilities were there for a match but the story abruptly ended after all the discoveries from the quilt.


    Have you listened to any of Anne Flosnik’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Some I try to see if the same person does books of the same series. I've never heard this woman before but she did a wonderful job and will watch out for her again.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Forgotten Seamstress and why?

    "Quennie" of course. People tell secrects all time but we don't always believe them. She was presented as a crazy old lady making things up. I would have loved to have known her, to pick her brain and all the intricate stitches so delicate. I could see that quilt in my mind. To take her child away and leave her in that place was just inhumane.


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    Carole Dyer 06-07-17
    Carole Dyer 06-07-17
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    "Incredible story line"

    This book keeps you enthralled from the very beginning . As it progresses it doesn't disappoint. I had trouble putting it down.

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