Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Dressmaker

On the Bookshelf

After reading a review on "The Dressmaker" in Ladies Home Journal
I thought this book by Kate Alcott sounded like it was right up my alley. 
History, fashion, and the Titanic. 
What more could a girl ask for?

I just finished reading it, and couldn't put it down.
Here is the book jacket description.

Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be her personal maid on the Titanic. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men - a kind sailor and an enigmatic Chicago businessman - who offer differing views of what lies ahead for her in America. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes, and amidst the chaos, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat.

The survivors are rescued and taken to New York, but when rumors begin to circulate about the choices they made, Tess is forced to confront a serious question Did Lady Duff Godon save herself at the expense of others? Torn between loyalty to Lucile and her growing suspicion that hte media's charges might be true, Tess must decide whether to stay quiet and keep her fiery mentor's good will or face what might be true and forever change her future.

The author's note summarizes that the "basic bones of the book are true" and the "much of the testimony in this book is taken directly from the transcripts of the U.S. Senate hearings in the aftermath of the sinking of the Titanic."

If you love anything Titanic like me, go make yourself a cup of tea, and get lost in the story. 
Bon Voyage!

What do you think?
I love the fact that ticket holders will experience all Class levels (first, steerage, etc.)
Have you ever seen the Titanic exhibits?
I saw it in Memphis over a decade ago, and it was quite fascinating!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Ides of March

I apologize for the month absence, this month has been a crazy whirlwind. Lots of changes... both good and bad.

I went to California for my cousin's Lion-themed baby shower. (She had a baby boy!) My love had surgery, so I had to play nurse for a few days.
  I lost my grandfather, and flew to Tennessee for his funeral. It was good to see my family and be there for them. As the firstborn grandchild, I was pretty close to him when he was in good health. Lots of wonderful memories, I'm blessed to have, and know he's now at peace.  
Work was insanely-stressful-busy. Deadlines for important documents to be presented to our city's board, a lot of "good stress" but with so much time on the computer and carpel tunnel leaves me not wanting to even look at my computer once I get home from work.   I went back to Vegas for work, which was fun. We went to a tapas restaurant called, Firefly, recommended by a local. It was amazing.   Also, I'm excited to report that I have been offered a new position with the city in the finance department which will start in April! I'm excited about the new opportunity.  
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