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Allison PittmanTyndale House / 2019 / ePubOur Price$9.694.5 out of 5 stars for The Seamstress - eBook. View reviews of this product. 28 Reviews
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Irishniff5 Stars Out Of 5Make Time In Your Life to Read This Epic Story!November 16, 2021IrishniffQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is one of the most beautiful stories that I have ever read! I found characters that made difficult choices to persevere during the most severe circumstances. By doing so, they found the strength they needed and true beauty among the ashes. Pittman is a master storyteller and I can't wait to read more from her.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Beautifully Written Historical!October 19, 2019Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"God of heaven, see me now . . . . "
France is on the brink of a revolution, while two orphaned cousins are rescued by a man of faith and unprecedented generosity. As Renee and Laurette grow into lovely young women, their paths seem destined to either flourish in the idyllic village of Mouton Blanc, where sheep produce fine wool and the air is crisp and clean; or to diverge into a place where dreams are made, only to be forever lost in the middle of a nation's nightmare.
Renee's natural talents as a seamtress provide her with a life-changing opportunity, while Laurette's lust for significance lead her down the path of a prodigal. One man loves them both, the one who has provided them with food and shelter for much of their young lives; a mentor guardian of sorts, with wisdom far beyond his years; Emile Gangon. As the years go by, Gangon's steady influence and unconditional love provide a haven of memories for one woman and a home to return to for another . . . "grant me dreams to sleep in peace".
The beautiful word flow in this story is nearly impossible to describe; it carries a story that is deep, but not heavy, sweeping alongside characters who might think that they are forgettable, but they're not.
Gerri5 Stars Out Of 5superb writingMay 30, 2019GerriQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This book is so well written. love the alternating story line between the two main heroines. This is not the typical boy meets girl kind of love story, it is so much more. From a person who loves both romance and history this is a perfect blend.
JoyONew HampshireAge: 18-24Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5A thought-provoking, beautiful tragedy.May 13, 2019JoyONew HampshireAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Seamstress by Allison Pittman is a tale of tragedy, love, and faith in the bleakness of the French Revolution.
In The Seamstress, the author not only captures broken, realistically-flawed characters but also the angst of the French Revolution. The amount of research the author must have done shown in the details of the story! Also, I greatly appreciated how the author told the story in a way that showed the revolution from each side, and through Renee, you see that the royal family may not have been the monsters the public believed them to be. This perspective will be especially powerful as it will probe readers to confront how false beliefs like this could be and are thriving in our everyday world!
Laurette's storyline held the most beautiful aspects of the spiritual storyline, showing the unmerited grace, forgiveness, and mercy of God in such a tender way, but Renee's stand of faith will resonate with readers long after the book is closed. However, I should note that if you're sensitive to gory details, then some aspects and tragedies of the story may be difficult for you. However, the author's lyrical writing style was a welcome distraction to the harsh realities of the French Revolution.
Three Stars ~ The Seamstress by Allison Pittman is sure to be an instant classic for fans of beautiful, thought-provoking tragedies. The Seamstress is a standalone inspired by a character (ahem, the seamstress) from Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities and written in such a way that it captures the heart of Victory Hugo's Les Miserables.
Disclaimer ~ In accordance with FTC regulations, I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not compensated, nor was a positive review required. All opinions expressed are my own.
FayeAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Well SpunMay 4, 2019FayeAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My Review:
Cousins Laurette and Renee are orphaned and taken in by the kindly Gagnon. Renee is a talented seamstress, and her craft takes her within the palace walls working for Queen Marie Antoinette. Laurette longs for adventure and love, following her desires.
Inspired by The Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, this story tells of two cousins on different sides of the revolution. Renee is content with her simple, yet when she receives the opportunity to make the dreams she never dared to dream a reality she takes it. I admired her faithfulness, and level-headedness, she is plucky and strong beyond her diminutive size.
This book does a fantastic job of drawing the vast contrasts between the upper class excess of the royal family and the desperate poverty of those with a common plight. Marcel and Gagnon could not be more opposite in their philosophies. I loved Gagnon's commitment to his faith, often standing alone against the tide.
This is a riveting book that captures both sides of the revolution, showing the desperate and unsatisfied side of the wealthy in their humanity, while showing the need for change and reform in the wave of the future. Good and bad are present on boths sides of the battlelines, and in many ways I couldn't help but think of the present day and the way that many on both sides are impassioned by their political fervor. It wasn't always easy to root for Laurette, but her story arch is beautiful nonetheless. Marcel was the kind of guy that I loved to hate, yet still felt sorry for. An engagingly spun story set against the French Revolution, that I couldn't put down. Ms. Pittman is an expert of storytelling evoking stark imagery in my head that set the tone and emotion of the story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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