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Publisher's Summary

For listeners of Lucinda Riley, Sarah Jio, or Susan Meissner, this gripping historical debut novel tells the story of two women: one an immigrant seamstress who disappears from San Francisco's gritty streets in 1876 and the other a young woman in the present day who must delve into the secrets of her husband's wealthy family only to discover that she and the missing dressmaker might be connected in unexpected ways.

An exquisite ring, passed down through generations, connects two women who learn that love is a choice, and forgiveness is the key to freedom.

San Francisco: 1876

Immigrant dressmakers Hannelore Schaeffer and Margaret O'Brien struggle to provide food for their siblings while mending delicate clothing for the city's most affluent ladies. When wealthy Lucas Havensworth enters the shop, Hanna's future is altered forever. With Margaret's encouragement and the power of a borrowed green dress, Hanna dares to see herself as worthy of him. Then Margaret disappears, and Hanna turns to Lucas. Braving the gritty streets of the Barbary Coast and daring to enter the mansions of Nob Hill, Hanna stumbles upon Margaret's fate, forcing her to make a devastating decision - one that will echo through the generations.

San Francisco: Present Day

In her elegant Marina apartment overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, Sarah Havensworth struggles to complete the novel she quit her job for. Afraid to tell her husband of her writer's block, Sarah is also hiding a darker secret - one that has haunted her for 14 years. Then a news headline from 1876 sparks inspiration: "Missing Dressmakers Believed to be Murdered". Compelled to discover what happened to Hannelore and Margaret, Sarah returns to her roots as a journalist. Will her beautiful heirloom engagement ring uncover a connection to Hanna Schaeffer?

©2017 Meredith Jaeger (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Even two good narrators can't redeem this

Awful ! Trite story, stereotyped characters, totally predictable plot. It was a waste of the two excellent narrators. A complete waste of listening hours.

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All the elements of a fabulous novel!

I loved this novel! How exiting to hear of the love, loss, hope and remorse of a 19 th century woman told with the fabulous backdrop of San Francisco. If you enjoy historical fiction, mystery and romance, you'll love this book!

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Charming Historical Fiction

I just finished listening to The Dressmaker's Dowry and really enjoyed it! In fact, the ending brought tears to my eyes. The two timelines were perfectly intertwined and the story was both fresh and fascinating. This is the debut of a new author and I look forward to reading anything else she writes. The selected narrator clearly distinguishes between characters with her voice and dialects. All in all I found it a delightful book and definitely worth a Credit!

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