“The Seamstress” by Allison Pittman

 

What an engaging story of ordinary people swept up in extraordinary times! It’s the kind of book for which I wish I could give ten stars instead of five. With a small cast of characters, Allison Pittman manages to present a balanced view of the French Revolution from many perspectives, from starving Parisians to well-intentioned but clueless royalty. Along the way, the author paints a poignant portrait of young lovers valiantly coping with events they neither control nor understand.
I was immediately drawn into the first-person account of the life of eighteenth-French peasants. Their grinding poverty is the backdrop that shapes their every moment. Some choose rebellion; others faith-filled obedience. Renee and Gagnon were the characters I found most endearing. I knew I was immersed in the book when I started lecturing Laurette, who exasperated me with a string of ill-advised decisions.
“The Seamstress” is the kind of book I can’t quit thinking about. What if? If only! Why? I know I’ll never see “A Tale of Two Cities” again without remembering Laurette and Renee.
I recommend keeping a full box of tissues handy, especially for the last chapter.
You can find “The Seamstress” wherever good books are sold. I read the ebook, and got it from Amazon.

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