Spanning the intense years of war, The Dressmaker of Dachau is a dramatic tale of love, conflict, betrayal, and survival. It is the compelling story of one young woman's resolve to endure and of the choices she must make at every turn - choices which will contain truths she must confront.
London, spring 1939. Eighteen-year-old Ada Vaughan, a beautiful and ambitious seamstress, has just started work for a modiste in Dover Street. A career in couture is hers for the taking - she has the skill and the drive - if only she can break free from the dreariness of family life in Lambeth.
A chance meeting with the enigmatic Stanislaus von Lieben catapults Ada into a world of glamour and romance. When he suggests a trip to Paris, Ada is blind to all the warnings of war on the continent: This is her chance for a new start.
Anticipation turns to despair when war is declared, and the two are trapped in France. When the Nazis invade, Stanislaus abandons her, and she is taken prisoner, sent to Germany as slave labour, and forced to survive on her wits alone. Resilient at every turn, Ada finds the strength that extremity breeds and survives the only way she knows how: by being a dressmaker.
©2015 Mary Chamberlain (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
“The Dressmaker of Dachau is a thrilling story, brilliantly told. I couldn't put it down. Ada Vaughan is a character to fall in love with: utterly real, flawed and beguiling.” (Saskia Sarginson, author of The Twins and Without You)
I was curious about the story that was developed around the title and had no preconceptions as to what it might hold. It has a strong and unusual story line that requires some suspension of belief, but any artifice in this regard does not detract from its theme. Depending on your gender, one's perceptions and empathy for the central character may vary, but that said one can't but pity the heroine, the awfulness of successive situations, some not of her making, others because of well intended but disastrous decisions that she makes. Ultimately, the novel provides the reader with a perspective on the dark side of male exploitation of women. As the story unfolded one hoped that the heroine would at last reach some condition of grace and justice, but the ending is a bitter conclusion. Despite the darkness, the story was engrossing and well written.
"Believe able but heartbreaking ."
At first I thought come on, is this going to be a bit far fetched... But no take into consideration how the world was at this time, and it's just heartbreaking how so much can happen to this woman.
Well worth a read .. Well worth.....
"Good listen although a bit depressing"
This is a very good listen about survival but depressing as you think how can one person have so much bad luck!
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