2010 Release: The Dressmaker by Posie Graeme-Evans

The Dressmaker
Release Date:  October 12, 2010

SYNOPSIS:  From international bestselling author Posie Graeme-Evans comes the passionate tale of a woman ahead of her time.

Ellen Gowan is the only surviving child of a scholarly village minister and a charming girl disowned by her family when she married for love. Growing up in rural Norfolk, Ellen’s childhood was poor but blessed with affection. Resilience, spirit, and one great talent will carry her far from such humble beginnings. In time, she will become the witty, celebrated, and very beautiful Madame Ellen, dressmaker to the nobility of England, the Great Six Hundred.

Yet Ellen has secrets. At fifteen she falls for Raoul de Valentin, the dangerous descendant of French aristocrats. Raoul marries Ellen for her brilliance as a designer but abandons his wife when she becomes pregnant. Determined that she and her daughter will survive, Ellen begins her long climb to success. Toiling first in a clothing sweat shop, she later opens her own salon in fashionable Berkeley Square though she tells the world – and her daughter - she’s a widow. One single dress, a ballgown created for the enigmatic Countess of Hawksmoor, the leader of London society, transforms Ellen’s fortunes, and as the years pass, business thrives. But then Raoul de Valentin returns and threatens to destroy all that Ellen has achieved.

In The Dressmaker, the romance of Jane Austen, the social commentary of Charles Dickens and the very contemporary voice of Posie Graeme-Evans combine to plunge the reader deep into the opulent, sinister world of teeming Victorian England. And if the beautiful Madame Ellen is not quite what she seems, the strength of her will sees her through to the truth, and love, at last.

Will you be reading?



  1. I had practically given up on a new book from Posie Graeme-Evans. I hated the first half of her first book but loved the second half and the second book! Still need to read the third book.

  2. Hmm, I'm not sure. I always get worried about women "ahead of their time" in historical fiction. They tend to be unrealistic.

  3. I wasn't overly impressed with her previous books (the ones Marg mentioned) so, I'll probably pass on this one. Plus it's not really a time period I"m that interested in.

  4. I want the dress on the cover...where I would wear it I have no idea.

  5. Who could resist an Austen/Dickens/Graeme-Evens combination? Sounds like it will be a very good read indeed.

  6. Dressmaker sounds amazing! Going on my WL pronto!

  7. A book with Dickens and Austen together would tempt me. Thanks for the heads up.

  8. The cover on this book is fabulous. Need to check this one out a bot more. Thanks Amy


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