The Paris Seamstress follows Estella, a young woman working in a fashion house during world war two. Destiny sees her set sail for America alone. With nothing but a sewing machine and a few personal items Estella gathers a family of friends and creates a career. Fabienne is a young woman in modern day Australia with a passion for art history and fashion design who visits her grandma, Estella, in America. At this visit mystery is set and as their journeys unwind we are taken from Paris to America to Australia and back again.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
A quick piece of context, I love Kate Morton. The Australian author writes sweeping historical stories that have protagonists in two eras – current day and historical who’s stories intertwine. When I read the description of this book, I immediately thought of Kate Morton’s books.
I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, despite the darker themes than I usually enjoy, I adored this book. The story, the characters and the writing all engrossed me. I was, however, deeply disappointed with how Estella’s relationship turned out. The ending had me teary but it was beautiful.
I wholly recommend this book if you enjoy historical, contemporary, mystery, romance or drama.
I really want to read another of her books – A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald – now.