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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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MJSHNJAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5amazing and epic historical fictionFebruary 16, 2019MJSHNJAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What an amazing and epic historical fiction set during the earlier years of the French Revolution. This is the first book I've read by Allison Pittman and she has garnered another devoted reader! The author's writing style is hauntingly melodic and nostalgic; the combination of first person and third person narrative works well to bring a cohesive and well-constructed plot that spans quite a few years and takes place in several places. The characters are wonderfully layered, real, flawed, yet relatable and unforgettable. Faith and prayer play major roles in the characters' lives even as the religious landscape of France changes drastically.
Laurette and Renee are cousins and worlds apart in looks, personality, faith, and outlook on life. Laurette's story is told in third person and Renee's in first person. Though Renee is easier to like from the beginning, Laurette grew on me as the story progressed and she herself matured. My favorite character, though not truly a main character, has to be Gagnon. His faithfulness, gentleness, loving kindness, and steadfastness even in the midst of famine and heartbreak make him a godly man, though he does have plenty of faults. This book will make you examine what it is that we live and die for and what forgiveness and mercy truly look like.
If you enjoy well-written and well-researched historical fiction, you will absolutely adore this book. It's a must read. I was given a copy of the book by Tyndale House Publishers via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
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.
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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