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Publisher's Summary

It is 1911, and Jean is about to join the mass strike at the Singer factory. For her, nothing will be the same again.
Decades later, Connie sews coded moments of her life into a notebook, as her mother did before her. More than 100 years after his grandmother's sewing machine was made, Fred unpicks the secrets of four generations, one stitch at a time.
©2017 Natalie Fergie (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By susan schumacher on 03-06-18

Historical perspective

In the beginning of this book I had difficulty figuring out who was who as the story jumped back and forth into three different time frames. Once I got that down, I became very intrigued. I am a seamstress and I collect and refurbish old sewing machines and take them to Third World countries and teach sewing classes. The old metal sewing machines are the most sought after because, as it says in the book, “They were made to last forever“. Singer machines are the real prize.
I did not know there was a Singer sewing factory in Edinburgh. Following the lives of these people was engaging. Their history represents many others during these times. I appreciated delving into their Family Tree’s because that is something I am also very engaged in. I would like the story to have gone deeper, but enough hints were given to put the pieces together.
The narration with male and female helped bring the characters to life.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in history.

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Rita Rae on 03-02-18

Intricately Woven Plot that satisfies the reader.

History, Legacy and Mystery intertwine as this tale of wartime survival encapsulates seemingly random players in life's game of destiny.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-02-18

An intriguing walk through generations

The story unfolds gradually, sometimes I lost the thread and had to write down who is who and when. at the end the threads come together beautifully. The subject about the working class struggle for better conditions, their wayof life and their attitudes are excellently and interestingly described. I am tempted yo listen a second time.

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12 of 12 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Clavs on 02-21-18

Very charming and well written

I really enjoyed this story about family and what it means to belong.

I really liked the structure of having different generations stories and the way the text wove them all together.

It is very well performed and a very heart warming listen.

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23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-29-18

Loved it

This book was a fascinating a story of people who wee so eal and interesting. The reader well she nailed it. Changed he accent and didn't do so much as blink from male to female and back again. Worth what I paid for it as it was excellent listening.

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2 out of 5 stars
By missmitzie on 06-15-18

A rather confusing read

I found this story hard to follow at times as it jumped from character to character and back and forward in time. I didn't really like then ending at all.

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