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Publisher's Summary

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.
Pause-resistant and heartbreaking, The Forgotten Seamstress weaves together past and present in an unforgettable journey.
©2014 Liz Trenow (P)2014 Tantor
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"The two narratives are seamlessly woven together, forming a heartrending tapestry of tragedy and resilience." ( Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By SusanKC on 03-26-15

I enjoyed listening to this book

I found the story captivating (and unfortunately, entirely plausible). The writer wove many time periods into the tale without creating a convoluted mess. I also appreciated how the narrator gave distinct personalities to the 3 primary characters.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Carla on 10-24-16

Enchanting work of art!

This was a beautifully written story spanning several generations, exploring cultural differences and obstacles. It imposed upon me the reality surrounding the affairs of the heart and all of those affected by decisions and actions made by powerful, influential people.

When I started it I found it a little difficult to get into because of the language difference with the strong English accents. After awhile I really enjoyed the variety of voice interpretations for the different characters.

I was immensely intrigued by the storyline relating to the patchwork quilt and totally captivated by the historical research and the steps that were taken to discover truths hidden in the fabric and stitches. I was convinced more than ever of the importance of labeling quilts and other works of art for accurate provenance. I was sad when the story ended.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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