The Sewing Room Girl by Susanna Bavin
Today I am pleased to be opening the Blog Tour for The Sewing Room Girl by Susanna Bavin.
Many thanks to Lesley Crooks from Allison and Busby and the author for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.
Here are all the stops on the tour, I hope you can join other book bloggers to see what they thought of The Sewing Room Girl too.
DESCRIPTION: 1892. When her beloved father dies, Juliet and her mother, the difficult but vulnerable Agnes, are left to fend for themselves. When Agnes lands a job as a seamstress for a titled family, things appear to be looking up. But just as the pair begin to find their feet, Juliet finds herself defenceless and alone. Without her mother to protect her, Juliet becomes the victim of a traumatic incident and is left to face an impossible dilemma. She flees to Manchester seeking support from her estranged family but comes up against her formidable grandmother, who is determined to bend Juliet to her will. It will take all Juliet’s ingenuity to escape the clutches of her ruthless grandmother and make her own way in life.
This is the first book I have read by Susanna Bavin and Oh My Goodness.. it won’t be the last!
I adored this fast-paced and meticulously researched historical saga with characters who came to life and stayed with me long after I had finished the last chapter.
The book is set in the late nineteenth century in the North West of England. Our main character Juliet finds herself alone with her dressmaker mother when her father sadly dies. Luckily, mother Agnes is given a job as a seamstress to an upper-class family and at first, things don’t seem too bad. However, Agnes is a bitter, unhappy woman, especially when it comes to her daughter Juliet who she refuses to praise and treats with disdain. Juliet secures a position in a dressmaking shop and begins a friendship with the ambitious gardener Hal Price, could this turn to romance?
The characters in this book just captivated me. It has its share of villains as well as the plucky heroine and the class divide comes through strongly. I loved the subtle dressmaking references and imagined the ladies labouring over the flamboyant outfits of the upper classes, creating masterpieces one tiny stitch at a time.
Expect to experience every emotion with this warm, moving, sometimes heartbreaking page-turner.
AUTHOR: Susanna Bavin has variously been a librarian, an infant school teacher, a carer and a cook. She lives in Llandudno in North Wales with her husband and two rescue cats, but her writing is inspired by her Mancunian roots. susannabavin.co.uk @SusannaBavin
Praise for The Deserter’s Daughter:
‘A gripping, mouth-watering twist-fuelled read from start to finish’ Carol Rivers, author of A Wartime Christmas
‘Saga lovers are sure to enjoy this first book by Susanna Bavin. Her story is a real page-turner and will tug at your heart strings.’ Anna Jacobs
Thank you for reading.