Tuesday, May 20, 2014
THE FORGOTTEN SEAMSTRESS (LIZ TRENOW)
Sourcebooks|May 13, 2014|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-1-4022--8248-5
"Liz Trenow sews together the strands of past and present as delicately as the exquisite stitching on the quilt that forms the centerpiece of the story." Lucinda Riley, author of The Orchid House She Kept Her Secret for a Lifetime? A shy girl with no family, Maria knows she's lucky to have landed in the sewing room of the royal household. Before World War I casts its shadow, she catches the eye of the Prince of Wales, a glamorous and intense gentleman. But her life takes a far darker turn, and soon all she has left is a fantastical story about her time at Buckingham Palace. Decades later, Caroline Meadows discovers a beautiful quilt in her mother's attic. When she can't figure out the meaning of the message embroidered into its lining, she embarks on a quest to reveal its mystery, a puzzle that only seems to grow more important to her own heart. As Caroline pieces together the secret history of the quilt, she comes closer and closer to the truth about Maria. Page-turning and heartbreaking. THE FORGOTTEN SEAMSTRESS weaves together past and present in an unforgettable journey.
I don't think I have much to add to the above words except to say I felt so sorry for Maria being locked away in a looney-bin almost her entire life because no one believed she worked a Buckingham Palace and had a brief affair with the Prince of Wales. The psychiatrists thought she'd made it all up in her head and proceeded with treatment, some of them barbaric like shock therapy and drugging her for weeks at a time. This was beautifully written yet an explosive read.