Now I will look at markings on sewing patterns in a different light.


You will need to read The Seamstress by Maria Duenas to find out why.the seamstress

I am fickle when it comes to choosing books.  This one was chosen purely on the front cover.  I love the art of Jack Vettriano who is Fife born.  Fife is the county in which I was born.  I should say Kingdom, not county, as Fife is known as the Kingdom of Fife.

You may know of The Singing Butler, one of his more famous prints.


“Read this book and be prepared to be transported”, that on the front cover also influenced me.

From the cover:

 1935: As turmoil brews in Europe, Sira Quirog’s carefully mapped-out life is thrown into chaos, first by love, then betrayal.  Abandoned and alone, all she has are her skills as a seamstress, a talent that could not only save her but may influence the course of a war….

When the glamorous circles of high society and the shadowy world of espionage collide, Sira is confronted with a terrifying decision, with only one possible choice.

From the haute couture ateliers of old Madrid to the exotic souqs of Morocco, The Seamstress is the inspiring journey of an extraordinary young woman who embraces destiny, braving life-or-death stakes and risking everything, for love.

This is a brilliant story that follows a young woman before and during the war and her adventures in Spain, Portugal and Morocco.  It is quite a lengthy novel, 615 pages, but completely engaging, set in the 1930s and 1940s.

I devoured this book. It pretty much hit all the right notes for me: exotic places, a little romance (but not too much), spies, MI6, deception, fashion and it goes on my Historical Fiction Reading Challenge list.

A wonderful novel full of intrigue, love and adventure.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Jennifer says:

    I’ve got to get this ……… going to Amazon now ……..

    1. suth2 says:

      I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

      1. Jennifer says:

        I have it in my cart ready to buy in the morning. I found another one of her books in the Maine Public Library system and I’m getting that too. Not an ebook but oh well, i can read a real one too …..

        1. suth2 says:

          I will need to check out my library to see if they have any other of her books.

  2. I picked up a book in the library yesterday with the same title but I’m not sure it was the same author. It looked good but I already had an armful of other books. After reading this post I’ll have to go back and have another look at it.

    1. suth2 says:

      I know there is another book of the same title but by a different author, Geraldine Wooller. There may be others too.

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