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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. After the Nazis invade, Stanislaus abandons her. Ada is taken prisoner and forced to survive the only way she knows how: by being a dressmaker. It is a decision that will haunt her during the war and its devastating aftermath.
©2016 Mary Chamberlain. Recorded by arrangement with Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House LLC. (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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Critic Reviews

"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 R&J Pick, The Twins, and Without You)
"I found myself completely swept up in this tale of love, ambition and vanity." (Juliet West, author of Before the Fall)
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By D. Jacobsen on 01-22-16

Performance Ruins It

I would ALMOST like to hear the rest of the story, but every minute I get annoyed by the narrator's performance. The writing itself is not grand, but the story line is good.

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By Sporatic Spinner on 04-19-17

Annoying reader and annoying lead character

The reader is so breathy it is maddening. Her men sound like women. The main character is young and dumb and annoying. Maybe if I could get through to the meat of the story the book would redeem itself, but as of now I have to walk away.

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