Book Review: The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow

Looking for your next read? Check out The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Anne A.

What happens when an orphan gets the job of a lifetime working in the palace during the early 20th Century? Living in an orphanage in London’s East End, Maria considers herself lucky to get a job as a junior seamstress at the palace.  Her work is excellent, and she is promoted when the former head seamstress falls ill. In her spare time, she starts a quilt with extra fabric scraps that finds in the palace work room. One evening she is summoned to the Price of Wales’s chamber to hem his pants for an important royal event the next day. They strike up a conservation, and he continues to ask to see her. When World War I begins, he is sent away. Then Maria becomes pregnant, and she is sent away as well. Years later while Caroline is cleaning out her mother’s house, she finds Maria’s beautiful quilt.  She admires the intricate stitching and wants to know more about its history. As Caroline begins to research the origins of the quilt, she learns more about Maria and her connection to her own family.

This novel was fascinating. I learned a little about quilt making and sewing while reading it. Some critics say that Maria’s part of the story sounds too educated for a servant from the East End, London. However, this minor detail did not affect my enjoyment of the story. If you enjoy a good historical mystery with connections to the present day, then this book is for you.

The Forgotten Seamstress is available to be checked out at any Fulton County Library. Hoopla has this novel as an eBook as well.  If you enjoy historical novels with an element of mystery, you might like The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner or The Fossil Hunter by Tea Cooper. Borrow this wonderful novel tonight and escape into early 20th century London.

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