The Dressmaker of Dachau by Mary Chamberlain

The Dressmaker of Dachau by Mary Chamberlain

London : The Borough Press, 2015.  329 pages

Found on the Adult Fiction shelves at CHAMBERLAIN

Plot summary  : The Dressmaker of Dachau by Mary Chamberlain is an intensely engaging historical novel written against a real historical background of the outbreak of war in Europe. Sweeping and poignant, this is a tale of one woman’s resilience despite tragedy. Beginning in Theed Street of London, Ada’s woeful journey begins on a promising note when she began to work as a seamstress and ‘modiste’ at Dover Street. But her life took a dramatic turn when she met Stanislaus von Lieben.

Full of life and hope for the future, the two love birds embarked on a journey that took them to Paris as the drumbeats of war grew louder. First at Gare due Nord, the two later moved to Boulevard Barbès. With the Nazis swiftly rummaging across countries and the two literally trapped in a foreign country. They escaped to Mons and then Namur in Belgium where Ada was left in the lurch when Stanislaus abandoned her. After shewas captured, Ada was taken to Dachau and ended up there as the Dressmaker of Dachau.

The Dressmaker of Dachau is a bittersweet novel with characters so life-like and their predicament totally unsettling. Reading about the desperation of Ada, one can only imagine how life is like during World War II. Author Mary Chamberlain painted a harsh yet realistic picture of the war years, and also about the holocaust. If you love a good historical novel with World War II as its background, you can bet this is one of the best. (Source :
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Review : A well written, gripping story full of intrigue and a passion for survival. Ada Vaughan’s character is the part you remember later for her passion, resolve, wrong choices and flaws.

An interesting insight into another side of the war and its consequences.

Reviewed by : Carolyn


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