The Dressmaker By: Kate Alcott
Tess is running away from a life of servitude. She is able to acquire a position on the ship of the century, the Titanic. She will be the ladies maid of the famous designer, Lucile Duff Gordon. While on the ship she meets many people, and she feels that she might have a chance at a new life in America. When the terrible events that lead to the sinking of the Titanic occur, things begin to get muddled for Tess. She feels a strong attraction to Jim Bonney, who tells her of events that occurred on the life raft with her employer. She also does not know where to turn when she begins to feel the stress of being a survivor and trying tro find her way in this new world. Should she believe her new friend Jim, or should she believe her employer Lucile? Does she find that she loves one man or the other?
I loved this book!! I thought it was really well written and told a wonderful story. I loved how the character was able to grow and learn who she was throughout the tragedy of the sinking of the Titanic. The story drew you in immediately, and I was surprised at the telling of the story, I was glad to see it go farther than the sinking. The author also states at the end of the book that she took the basis of the story from the transcripts of the U. S. Senate hearings after the sinking. Great Read!
I borrowed this from the public library