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the seamstress

A beautifully crafted story breathes life into the cameo character from the classic novel A Tale of Two Cities.

France, 1788
It is the best of times . . .

On a tranquil farm nestled in the French countryside, two orphaned cousins—Renée and Laurette—have been raised under the caring guardianship of young Émile Gagnon, the last of a once-prosperous family. No longer starving girls, Laurette and Renée now spend days tending Gagnon’s sheep, and nights in their cozy loft, whispering secrets and dreams in this time of waning innocence and peace.

It is the worst of times . . .

Paris groans with a restlessness that can no longer be contained within its city streets. Hunger and hatred fuel her people. Violence seeps into the ornate halls of Versailles. Even Gagnon’s table in the quiet village of Mouton Blanc bears witness to the rumbles of rebellion, where Marcel Moreau embodies its voice and heart.

It is the story that has never been told.

In one night, the best and worst of fate collide. A chance encounter with a fashionable woman will bring Renée’s sewing skills to light and secure a place in the court of Queen Marie Antoinette. An act of reckless passion will throw Laurette into the arms of the increasingly militant Marcel. And Gagnon, steadfast in his faith in God and country, can only watch as those he loves march straight into the heart of the revolution.


Wow. I finished this book a few days ago, and it made me break my rule of reviewing a book as soon as I can after I finish reading it.

I really did not like this one. I rated it two stars on GoodReads. And I hate that because I so wanted to enjoy it. I was so excited for it, and I was waiting on eggshells to receive it so I could start reading it, but I absolutely hated the content of it and skimmed over most of it.

First, I chose to review The Seamstress because of the character from A Tale of Two Cities. I like Charles Dickens work, I enjoy reading his books, and I assumed that this character would finally be brought to life and have her story told for the world to see. Unfortunately, this wouldn’t be a book I would feel comfortable recommending to many people, if anyone.

I’ll start with what I liked about the book. The history was well researched. The French Revolution was brought to life in a way I’ve never experienced before, and it was told from both viewpoints — the aristocracy and the citizens of France. I definitely learned a LOT from reading this one, and I could tell the author had put a lot of research into writing this.

I enjoyed the viewpoint of the seamstress, Renee. It was a moving account of a character caught up in the goings on of society. Gagnon was another character who I loved, and little Joseph was a dear <3

Laurette and Marcel are a whole different matter, however. I skipped most of their scenes, to be honest. After the first couple of scenes of skimming through content, I simply skipped over the chapters told from their viewpoint. Since each chapter was titled with who was talking, it was easy to do :D I never could tell how far the author would take what their relationship. I hated the things that Laurette stood for, and I hated how easily she was swayed. Marcel was endured a bit more easily, simply because of the time period, and I am sure there were strong emotions about the revolution….and I am sure he was portrayed accurately. Laurette, on the other hand…..let’s just say that a woman who acted as she did would not have been welcomed quite so heartily back into civilized society. And even with that, I am not quite sure what happened, because I skipped most of her story.

I, personally, would not recommend this book to anyone.

*I received a copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review.
I was not required to enjoy the book, simply to give my honest opinion* 

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I am a 23 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.

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