Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker


TITLE:  Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker

AUTHOR: Jennifer Chiaverini

GENRE:  Adult Fiction and Historic Fiction


SETTING(S) :  19th Century, Washington D.C

SUBJECT:  American Civil War, fashion, history, slavery and the Lincolns

MAIN CHARACTERS:  Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keckley


In March 1861, Mrs. Lincoln chose  Elizabeth Keckley from among a number of applicants to be her personal “modiste,” responsible not only for creating the First Lady’s gowns, but also for dressing Mrs. Lincoln in the beautiful attire Keckley had fashioned. The relationship between the two women quickly evolved, as Keckley was drawn into the intimate life of the Lincoln family, supporting Mary Todd Lincoln in the loss of first her son, and then her husband to the assassination that stunned the nation and the world.
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I’ve read a few of Jennifer Chiaverini’s quilt books but this book had way too many facts.  I found this book compelling up to the point until “the facts” of what was happening go to much.  I ended the book right before president Lincoln get shot.  I like to complete reading a book no later than one week.  There are two many books to read and usually I have three other books inline to read.  After almost taking two weeks to read this book I decided to put it down.  There was too much going on in my life at the time and I love reading books that take me away from the physical world and take me into a different time and place.  I also like to be introduced to new characters, this book took me to a different time and place from my own, but I kept getting distracted.

I also love page turners and felt like the plot in this book really did not allow me to get fully involve.  It is not a page turner and it would probably been best if I just listen to it as a book on tape.  That is my intake of the book, I’m sure there are readers who loved this book.  But sadly I am not one of them.