The Forgotten Seamstress is a wonderful heart-tugging read. The entire story comprises the coming together of two lives. Maria, a seamstress, who served at Buckingham Palace around the time of WWII, and Caroline Meadows, who is determined to discover the origins of a beautiful quilt found in her mother's attic.
The hard scrabble life led by Maria, and the subsequent hardships that she encounters as a result of her attraction to the Prince...will have you reaching for the Kleenex. The beauty of this book however, lies in the fact that the story is told through the quilt.
What I mean by that is, that as every stitch and embellishment is detailed, the story of occurrences, lives, and people are explained. The quilt serves as a kind of roadmap if you will of Maria's life.
Since Maria is in a mental institution at the time of her interview, there is always a question of what is fact and what is fiction.
Caroline's part of the story is a lot less emotionally taxing than that of Maria, but is no less important. It provides a break from Maria's story and provides much needed direction for the tale.
This is an awesome work of historical fiction and not to be missed!
She Kept Her Secret for a Lifetime...
A shy girl with no family, Maria knows she's lucky to have landed in the sewing room of the royal household. Before World War I casts its shadow, she catches the eye of the Prince of Wales, a glamorous and intense gentleman. But her life takes a far darker turn, and soon all she has left is a fantastical story about her time at Buckingham Palace.
Decades later, Caroline Meadows discovers a beautiful quilt in her mother's attic. When she can't figure out the meaning of the message embroidered into its lining, she embarks on a quest to reveal its mystery, a puzzle that only seems to grow more important to her own heart. As Caroline pieces together the secret history of the quilt, she comes closer and closer to the truth about Maria.
Page-turning and heartbreaking, The Forgotten Seamstress weaves together past and present in an unforgettable journey.