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Italy in 1819. Emilia Barton and her mother, Sarah, live a nomadic existence, travelling from town to town as itinerant dressmakers to escape their past. When they settle in the idyllic coastal town of Pesaro, Emilia desperately hopes that this time they have found a permanent home. But when Sarah is brutally attacked by an unknown assailant, a deathbed confession turns Emilia's world upside down.

Seeking refuge as a dressmaker in the eccentric household of Princess Caroline of Brunswick, Emilia experiences her first taste of love with the charming Alessandro. But her troubling history gnaws away at her. Might she, a humble dressmaker's daughter, have a more aristocratic past than she could have imagined?

When the Princess sends her on an assignment to London, Emilia grasps the opportunity to unravel the truth. Caught up in a web of treachery and deceit, she is determined to discover who she really is - even if she risks losing everything....

©2017 Charlotte Betts (P)2017 Little Brown

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  • Delores DeMaria
  • 10-04-2021

Dressmaker’s Secret!!

I really liked this story....well-written and very entertaining. It was full of interesting characters & twists & turns with just enough intrigue to keep me very interested. Loved it so much that I immediately reread it.

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  • Carla
  • 07-04-2021

Excellent European Get-away!

Great historical fiction novel! I thoroughly enjoyed this narrator and felt as if I were living during that time right along side Amelia and her adventures! This book was perfectly paced with excitement and historical facts.

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  • norma
  • 29-12-2018

Good story.

This was a interesting read; actually better than I expected. As the drama unfolds, I wanted to continue reading/listening without putting down. Full of intrigue, interesting characters, romance and very well narrated.

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  • Arielle A
  • 21-03-2019

Slow paced with a decent plot

All in all, a great read except for the fact that there wasn't much about dressmaking which is why I chose the book in the first place.
Enjoyed the second halft better, which is when the mystery started to unravel. Although I had already worked it out for myself.
Loved the dad's character and his love for art till his death.

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