Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham

A darkly satirical novel of love, revenge, and 1950s haute couture—now a major motion picture starring Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth

After twenty years spent mastering the art of dressmaking at couture houses in Paris, Tilly Dunnage is compelled to return to her wretched outback dusty town she was exiled from as a child. She plans only to check on her ailing mother and leave. Tilly, a gutsy woman, decides to stay, and though she is still an outcast, her lush, exquisite dresses cannot be resisted by the women of Dungatar. Through her fashion business, her friendship with Sergeant Farrat—the town’s policeman, who has an unusual passion for fabrics—and a growing romance with Teddy, the local football star whose family is almost as despised as hers, she finds a measure of grudging acceptance. At the heart of this read, is the mother daughter relationship - reconciliation, forgiveness and love. Everything seems to be going along fine when all of a sudden everything turns upside down. It becomes clear that Tilly’s mind is secretly motivated: causing revenge on those who wronged her, in the most spectacular fashion.

"Mad Molly", Tilly's mum, had me laughing out loud with her honest, biting humour.
 Oh the dresses... they're so beautiful....

Available from Newcastle libraries and also available in Bolinda e-Audiobook format.

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