The Seamstress

The Seamstress

A beautifully crafted story breathes life into the cameo character from the classic novel A Tale of Two Cities. France, 1788 It is the best of times . . . On a tranquil farm nestled in the French countryside, two orphaned cousins?Renée and Laurette?have been raised under the caring guardianship of young Émile Gagnon, the last of a once-prosperous family. No longer starving gi A beautifully crafted story breathes life into the cameo character from the classic novel A Tale of Two C...

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Title:The Seamstress
Author:Allison Pittman
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1414390467
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:480 pages pages

The Seamstress Reviews

  • Carole Jarvis
    Feb 09, 2019
    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2tfdkpd Sometimes a novel inspired by a famous classic achieves classic status in and of itself, and that is what I believe The Seamstress by Allison Pittman is destined to become. Intrigued by the cameo appearance of a seamstress in th...
  • Rachel McMillan
    Jul 26, 2018
    "The Seamstress is a study in nostalgia: carefully evoking a classic while establishing itself as a classic in its own right. Deftly and intelligently nodding to its magnanimous source material, A Tale of Two Cities, it remains confident as its own entity. Appealing equally to Dickensi...
  • Kelly
    Jun 09, 2019
    The Seamstress by Allison Pittman is one of those books you can't stop thinking about long after you've read the last page. Pittman's lovingly drawn characters grab hold of your heart and won't let go. The fierce poverty and hunger suffered by the lower classes and the excesses of the ...
  • Joanne Bischof
    Aug 02, 2018
    Glory this novel is stunning! Set amid the tumultuous French Revolution, The Seamstress is unabashedly profound and yet crafted with such care, that I relished every heartrending word until the very last one. Through the lives of vibrant and genuine characters, notes of love, faith, an...
  • Bree
    Feb 25, 2019
    Wow, wow, wow, never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would enjoy this book as much as I did (worthy of 10 stars). I love that this author brought to life a little character from one of my favorite Dicken?s tales. Traveling back in time to the Paris of upheaval and revolution ...
  • Elizabeth
    Apr 06, 2019
    Ever since I saw this cover I was excited. What a beauty!!! And it?s so unique. It is an era that I don't read in often but I was sure the writing would be great because I have read all of Allison Pittman's books. ? .? This book was breathtaking. I hung on every word and becaus...
  • Kristina Seleshanko
    Mar 04, 2019
    This novel is amazing. I was sucked into the story right from the start, and riveted to this fascinating tale told with such a distinct voice. It offers great insight into the French Revolution and why common people were so bloodthirsty during it. Highly recommended! ...
  • Maureen Timerman
    Feb 05, 2019
    We follow two cousins back at the time prior and during the French Revolution, living on a farm, having been given sanctuary by their guardian. One is a talented seamstress and we follow her to the royal court and watch her win favor there. What a hard time in history for the French p...
  • Laura
    Mar 27, 2019
    Meticulously researched and exquisitely written, author Allison Pittman pens one of the best historical novels set in France. I expect we will see this novel up for an award this year. If you find the story seems somewhat familiar, perhaps it is because the author got part of her i...
  • Nicole
    Feb 11, 2019
    The Seamstress by Allison Pittman is a phenomenal MUST-READ. This book is excellent! The Seamstress by Allison Pittman is a phenomenal story. From page one to the end, I was completely captivated. The characters are well-crafted and endearing. And the setting is amazing. I felt like...
  • Deana Dick
    Feb 17, 2019
    This has been one of the most detailed historical books I have ever read. There are twol characters in the book that are equally important to the story. Renee and Laurette are cousins and have suffered greatly in poverty in their young years. The author does an exceptional job of drawi...
  • Hallie Szott
    Feb 21, 2019
    Okay, so? A Tale of Two Cities is one of those books I should have read years ago in a high-school English class. But I didn?t. And I still haven?t. And yet, I wholeheartedly enjoyed Allison Pittman?s interpretation of its story in The Seamstress. The Dickens classic, set w...
  • Megan
    Feb 25, 2019
    This book! I am still thinking about it, its characters and the decisions they made. That, my friends, is the sign of a well written book (in my opinion). ?The Seamstress? by Allison Pittman is truly a masterpiece and the story is epic! Ms. Pittman?s writing is phenomenal. It...
  • Jocelyn Green
    Jul 31, 2018
    Destined to be a classic in its own right, The Seamstress is everything I love about historical fiction. The robust characters not only interact with real and pivotal events, but they embody the attitudes of the day in ways that are accessible for the modern reader. Pitman?s power of...
  • Debbie
    Feb 22, 2019
    I don't think I have read "A Tale Of Two Cities" but after reading "The Seamstress" by Allison Pittman, I definitely want to. I loved this story. It is a story filled with sorrow and love and neutral and forgiveness. The story is fast paced and this reader was swept into the story from...
  • Anna Lee Huber
    Apr 01, 2019
    Enthralling! Brilliantly executed, in The Seamstress Pittman borrows a minor character from Dickens?s A Tale of Two Cities and attempts to answer the tantalizing questions that arise in her brief, but pivotal appearance in that literary classic. Rich in historical detail and filled w...
  • Cheryl Barker
    Mar 18, 2019
    This is the first book I've read by Allison Pittman and I absolutely loved it. Pittman did a masterful job with everything from storytelling to structuring the novel to creating memorable characters. I loved the depth of the characters, the story itself, and the glimpse of French histo...
  • Chris Jager
    Oct 21, 2018
    What a beautifully written book. Set in the French Revolution, The Seamstress is not always an easy book to read, but one that I enjoyed completely. Well written with a time in history that is sometimes written in a romantic way, but was bloody and harrowing. Allison does a good job of...
  • Amy
    Jan 01, 2019
    The Seamstress takes a reader back to 1788 in the countryside of France with cousins Renee and Laurette. They are orphans and live with their guardian, Emile Gagnon, where they help take care of his sheep. Renee is then offered a position as a seamstress in the royal court of Marie Ant...
  • Michelle
    Nov 29, 2018
    Oh my goodness this book. I really had no idea what to expect with this novel. I have been reading Pittman's books for years so I know how talented she is as an author. This book is her best work in my opinion. The story flips between two cousins and this was so well done. The history ...
  • V. Palmer
    May 13, 2019
    The 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 auth...
  • Rachael
    Mar 22, 2019
    This is one of those strange books that I can acknowledge is really good--something one could read in class for excellent discussion on the French Revolution--and yet I didn't really like it. Part of that, I admit, is a stylistic thing--I'm not a fan of stories written in the present t...
  • Victoria
    Jan 28, 2019
    This is the first book I've read by Allison Pittman. The story was interesting but somehow it felt heavy. It switched back and forth between two cousins and what they were going through. The time period is just before and during the French Revolution. It was an Advanced Reader's Copy s...
  • Kelly Bridgewater
    Feb 13, 2019
    I have read a number of Allison Pittman's historical romances, and they were okay. The Seamstress sounded like a wonderful read, but sadly I was disappointed. The characters appeared flat and had no personality. They appeared to be cardboard characters flitting around on the pages of ...
  • Susan
    Jan 01, 2019
    Oh my...this book is outstanding!!! Certain to remain one of my all-time favorites, this epic novel and its characters will haunt the reader long after the last page has been read. Ms.Pittman, as a new-to-me author, blew me away with her beautiful prose that masterfully told a story...
  • Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
    Feb 11, 2019
    It?s always exciting to find a book by an author you haven?t read before. My first thought after reading the first few chapters of this book ? why have I not read any of Allison Pittman?s books before? It certainly isn?t because they do not exist, only because I had not yet c...
  • Fiction Aficionado
    Feb 09, 2019
    This book went on my TBR as soon as I finished reading the first line of the description. I knew exactly which cameo character the description was referring to, despite having no recollection that said character had mentioned she was a seamstress in Dickens? tale, and I wanted to kno...
  • Heidi Chiavaroli
    Aug 01, 2018
    In the midst of revolution and royalty, Pittman weaves a captivating tale of two cousins whose humble beginnings birth remarkable journeys. A beautiful, rich tale of love, loss, and amazing faith, The Seamstress is a book that haunts, satisfies, and inspires all at once. I loved this b...
  • MJSH
    Feb 16, 2019
    What an amazing, epic, and powerfully moving 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; th...
  • Kaitlyn S.
    Mar 19, 2019
    RTC. I need to gather my thoughts on this one ..... UPDATED: Wow. I finished this book a few days ago, and it made me break my rule of reviewing a book as soon as I can after I finish reading it.  I really did not like this one. I am only giving it 2 stars. And I hate that beca...