A book of two halves

  • Book: The Seamstress
  • Location: Madrid, Morocco, Tétouan (Tetouan)
  • Author: María Dueñas

Review Author: Isabella Orff



If this book had been written in two parts, in my opinion it would have been a better read. The first half, having been entirely given over to the woman’s art of dressmaking would have made an interesting story – and gives an early example of of a self-made person. Thrown in are a few exciting moments caused by the unions of the Spanish – Anglo – German relations. The second part – as espionage isn’t her metier, fell rather flat, but I fast read to the end. Overall enjoyable.

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