The Dressmaker's War

The Dressmaker's War

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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In London, 1939, Ada Vaughan is a young woman with an unusual dressmaking skill, and dreams of a better life for herself. That life seems to arrive when Stanislaus, an Austrian aristocrat, sweeps Ada off her feet and brings her to Paris. When war breaks out, Stanislaus vanishes, and Ada is taken prisoner by the Germans, she must do everything she can to survive: by becoming dressmaker to the Nazi wives. Abandoned and alone as war rages, the choices Ada makes will come to back to haunt her years later, as the truth of her experience is twisted and distorted after the war.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812997385
0812997387
Characteristics: 1 online resource (304 pages)

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E_Ritchie
Mar 23, 2017

A very compelling read, and not like most WWII stories in the slightest. I devoured this book- it only took me three days to read, I was so captivated by Ada's plight.

Fair warning: this is not a light read, and does not have a happy ending. Don't pick up this book under the guise that you'll have fun reading about loss overcome and happiness through conflict, because that isn't this story. This is a story of a woman dragged into a version of hell, through her own choices and the actions of others, and her try for redemption after bone-shattering grief and cruelty. It may be brutal for readers who have lost children, in whatever way, or are closely connected to the events in wartime Germany.

However, I would recommend this book wholeheartedly. It is the story of an average, naive woman through times thick and thin, and provokes the question, what would I do in her position? Realistic and heart-wrenching, worth the read.

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martypmonts
Mar 01, 2017

Read this and kept hoping that Ada would learn from her past experiences. Thought how cruel the ending was for woman if that time.

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JaniceDeG
Jun 21, 2016

Well written book, and an enjoyable read but I found it hard to like the main character!

megannorthcote Jun 16, 2016

A good, but predictable read. Really wish there was a lot more character development with Ada. Story moved a bit too quickly and predictably for my tastes. A quick, interesting historical read though.

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