Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (7)

The Dressmaker
by Kate Alcott
Doubleday Hardcover
ISBN 9780385535588
320 pages
Release Date: February 21, 2012
Synopsis from Goodreads

Just in time for the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic comes a vivid, romantic, and relentlessly compelling historical novel about a spirited young woman who survives the disaster only to find herself embroiled in the media frenzy left in the wake of the tragedy.
Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic's doomed voyage. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men, one a roughly-hewn but kind sailor and the other an enigmatic Chicago millionaire. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes. 
Amidst the chaos and desperate urging of two very different suitors, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat. Tess’s sailor also manages to survive unharmed, witness to Lady Duff Gordon’s questionable actions during the tragedy. Others—including the gallant Midwestern tycoon—are not so lucky.
On dry land, rumors about the survivors begin to circulate, and Lady Duff Gordon quickly becomes the subject of media scorn and later, the hearings on the Titanic. Set against a historical tragedy but told from a completely fresh angle, The Dressmaker is an atmospheric delight filled with all the period's glitz and glamour, all the raw feelings of a national tragedy and all the contradictory emotions of young love.

Available for Pre-0rder 

Why I am waiting....
Next year is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and my bookclub is planning to observe this by reading a 'Titanic-themed' book in April. I've been looking for a good one, and this book caught my eye.  I can't wait for my chance to read it!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine in which we spotlight upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating!


  1. I love historical fiction and this book sounds great! I'm also a big fan of The Titanic so this book is even more perfect. I don't know of many books that are based on The Titanic so thank you for this post! I'm adding it to my wishlist now!

    My WoW

    Kristan @ Lost Amongst the Shelves

  2. This sounds like a really interesting read, i'll have to check it out!

    My WOW

  3. This one would be perfect for the book club, sounds great!!

    Our WOW pick is at Book Sake.