Friday, February 15, 2019

The Seamstress Blog Tour


A beautifully crafted story breathes life into the cameo character from the classic novel A Tale of Two Cities. France, 1788 It is the best of times . . . On a tranquil farm nestled in the French countryside, two orphaned cousins—Renée and Laurette—have been raised under the caring guardianship of young Émile Gagnon, the last of a once-prosperous family. No longer starving girls, Laurette and Renée now spend days tending Gagnon’s sheep, and nights in their cozy loft, whispering secrets and dreams in this time of waning innocence and peace. It is the worst of times . . . Paris groans with a restlessness that can no longer be contained within its city streets. Hunger and hatred fuel her people. Violence seeps into the ornate halls of Versailles. Even Gagnon’s table in the quiet village of Mouton Blanc bears witness to the rumbles of rebellion, where Marcel Moreau embodies its voice and heart. It is the story
that has never been told. In one night, the best and worst of fate collide. A chance encounter with a fashionable woman will bring Renée’s sewing skills to light and secure a place in the court of Queen Marie Antoinette. An act of reckless passion will throw Laurette into the arms of the increasingly militant Marcel. And Gagnon, steadfast in his faith in God and country, can only watch as those he loves march straight into the heart of the revolution.

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About the Author:

Allison Pittman is the author of more than a dozen critically acclaimed novels and a three-time Christy finalist—twice for her Sister Wife series and once for All for a Story from her take on the Roaring Twenties. She lives in San Antonio, Texas, blissfully sharing an empty nest with her husband, Mike. Connect with her on Facebook (Allison Pittman Author), Twitter (@allisonkpittman) or her website, allisonkpittman.com.  

Guest Post from Allison:

My dream of being an author began by “finishing” other author’s works, fleshing out the stories of neglected characters. When I read the final books in the Little House series, I was far more interested in Cap Garland than I was in Almonzo Wilder, and I imagined all kinds of stories in which he was the hero. This, The Seamstress, is one of those stories that came to me in a single burst of thought. I was teaching my sophomore English class, discussing through the final scenes in A Tale of Two Cities, when the little seamstress in those final pages reached out to me. She is a nameless character, seemingly more symbolic than anything. Dickens, however, gives her an entire backstory in a single phrase: I have a cousin who lives in the country. How will she ever know what became of me? I remember pausing right then and there in front of my students and saying, “Now, there’s the story I want to write.” Now, years later, I have. While every word of every Charles Dickens novel is a master class in writing, what he gave to me for The Seamstress is the kind of stuff that brings life and breath to fiction. I have to convey the fact that any character on my pages—no matter how much story space he or she is allotted—has a life between them. Every man was once a child; every woman a vulnerable young girl. So, Dickens gave me the bones of the story. A seamstress. A cousin in the country. A country ripped apart; family torn from family. I did my very best to put flesh on those bones, but no writer can ever bring the life and breath. Only a reader can do that.  

My Take:

I enjoyed this, my first read, by Allison Pittman. The draw for me, was that I too, am a seamstress. I love to read books about people who sew and was curious what Allison wrote. The era was probably not my favorite era, but I am a bit of a history buff and enjoy reading novels set in historical times. This was no different. 

I enjoyed the characters. My two favorites probably being Gagnon and Renee. His quiet strength and confidence in God really attracted me to his character. He seemed to have a peace about him that was desirable. He was a man of great faith. 
Renee, I enjoyed her character because she too was simple. She was creative and I loved reading how she could take a dress, outfit, (whatever) and give it new life. She seemed to have gained this talent from her mother. She had a kind heart and was thoughtful. 
Her cousin, Laurette, annoyed me quite a bit. She seemed self-centered and reckless, drawn to danger and a little on the wild side. 

Overall, I enjoyed the book. There were parts that seemed a bit long and drawn out, and occasionally seemed to have a lot of detail that might could have been left out, but then again, I am also not one for a lot of detail. I tend to like to breeze through them main exciting events of a story.

I received this book courtesy of the publisher and Celebrate Lit. I was not asked to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.

Blog Stops

There are plenty of blogs on this tour. If you are interested in other opinions on the book - go HERE

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Allison is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card, a hardcover copy of The Seamstress, and this copy of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/db0e/the-seamstress-celebration-tour-giveaway


6 comments:

  1. I always think of my grandmother when I think of a seamstress. She was an excellent one.Would love to read this book

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    1. My grandmother was a seamstress too! And I have inherited some of her sewing ability. That is part of what drew me to this particular book

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  2. This sounds like a good book, I really like the cover.

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    1. I know... me too!! Love the cover. Simple yet beautiful.

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  3. Here's another tid-bit. I had to watch just as many YouTube videos about sheep shearing as I did about sewing. I can't even see a button! So I really feel accomplished when an actual seamstress can connect with that part of the story. Thanks for reading, and for the lovely review!

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    1. Wow that is amazing!! I loved the part where you talked about Renee's mother getting rags and turning them into something else. A friend of mine and I make costumes from thrift store clothing as an upcycling hobby/business. And I do alterations from home as a side business. So, it was really fun to read about that.

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