The Dressmaker: A Novel

The Dressmaker: A Novel

by Elizabeth Birkelund Oberbeck
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Dressmaker 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
None of the characters seemed 'into it'. So many details on fabric & color! Claude didn't seem as obsessed with Valentine as he did with his designs.Valentine came off as disconnected. The big finish felt thrown in to add a bit of drama. This story was all over the place, yet nowhere! It WAS NOT 'an irresistable love story!'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book would not be a half bad read if there was just a little sparkle thrown in with the heavy writing in the novel. I ALWAYS finish a book, but this was definitely not a page turner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this would be a love story and and easy read, but I found the opposite. This book was difficult for me to read as I really didn't feel any connections to the characters. The main character is supposed to be madly in love with one of his clients, but I found him to be a bit creepy. Also, I thought the author was trying to hard with her descriptions of the various clothing designs.
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The idea was charming, but the execution was lifeless and disappointing.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
An absorbing tale of gifted French designer and his craft and his loves. Does such a talent exist in the real world? The novel was enjoyable, light reading. The author's attention to detail through the eyes of the protagonist was impressive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This debut novel by Elizabeth Oberbeck is enchanting! Ms. Oberbeck's lyrical and descriptive writing will transport you to France and the world of haute couture, while also engrossing you with the chemistry between the dressmaker and his muse. This beautiful book is a must read for Summer 2006.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As you open this book, you sense you are actually entering the dressmaker's atelier. You immediately sense the nature of this man, and the appeal of his love. He is a man who makes women into princesses on their special day. He is doomed, but who in love doesn't sometimes feel that way!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Senlis, France old school middle-aged tailor Claude Reynaud lives a double life. For his Paris clients he fashions fancy gowns while for his hometown clients he mends tears, sews buttons, and adjusts hemlines of mundane off the shelf items. Captivating Parisian Valentine de Verlay hires Claude to make her a wedding dress, but to his shock for the first time in his life the tailor falls in love.--------------- Claude realizes that he never truly loved his wife, who abandoned him eight years ago though they remain married. Meanwhile Valentine holds her dressmaker in high regard too as she falls in love with Claude. However, she refuses to break off her engagement to Victor Couturier though he pales next to kindhearted Claude. To remain near his beloved, Claude throws away his essence symbolized by his shop in the suburbs to join a major Paris designer label though he has no idea how survive in this attention shark infested world let alone get his beloved Valentine.---------------- This is an interesting character study starring an artisan who throws away his values for love that though shared emotionally with his soulmate, a relationship seems impossible. The lead duet is a fine pairing as the audience can feel for Claude who is willing do almost anything for his beloved and for Valentine feeling she must do the honorable thing by her fiancé. Though Victor is a caricature abusive brute, which takes way from the possibilities of this triangle, fans will enjoy Elizabeth Birkelund Overbeck¿s fine relationship drama.--------------- Harriet Klausner