Friday, December 13, 2013

Blog Tour: Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (September 24, 2013)
Born into slavery, Elizabeth Keckley earned freedom for herself and her son by the skill of her needle. She moved to Washington, DC, where she quickly made a name for herself as the city’s most talented dressmaker. It didn’t take long for Washington’s political and social elite to take notice of her intricate designs, flawless needlework, and the flattering fit of her dresses. After moving into the White House, Mrs. Lincoln called upon Keckley to be her personal modiste—but she soon became much more. A devoted friend, Keckley supported Mrs. Lincoln through political scandal, the loss of a child, her husband’s assassination, and her eventual descent into poverty.

Chiaverini is no stranger to creating poignant and relatable historical fiction; her long-standing Elm Creek Quilts series has hit the New York Times bestseller list fourteen times. She is often praised for her ability to create complex characters and powerful story lines that bring history to life in her novels.

An engaging story of strength and perseverance, MRS. LINCOLN’S DRESSMAKER illuminates the remarkable friendship between a First Lady and an extraordinary freedwoman.

My Review:
This book was engaging, interesting, and definitely a fantastic read! I am NOT a history buff, and so in turn my experiences with historical fiction has been a mixed bag. I've had to trudge through novels in the past, but in this case..I PLOWED through!

Elizabeth Keckley, is quite a woman. I loved getting to know her. Her story and relationships with the Lincolns, and her role in their lives was captivating! I knew the basics about Lincoln, but barely knew a thing about his First Lady. I felt like these key characters in history were painted in a vivid way that brought them right out of the history books! I was impressed about how readable and enjoyable this book was. I certainly will read more of Mrs. Chiaverini's work!

Jennifer ChiaveriniAbout Jennifer Chiaverini

Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of the New York Times bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series, as well as five collections of quilt projects inspired by the novels. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and sons in Madison, Wisconsin.

Connect with Jennifer on her website,, and on Twitter @jchiaverini.

Jennifer Chiaverini’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, November 18th:  BookNAround
Tuesday, November 19th:  Always With a Book  **book spotlight and giveaway
Thursday, November 21st:  Bibliotica
Monday, November 25th:  A Bookworm’s World
Tuesday, November 26th:  Red Headed Book Child
Wednesday, November 27th:  Lit and Life
Friday, November 29th:  Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Monday, December 2nd:  Book-alicious Mama
Tuesday, December 3rd:  Peppermint Ph.D.
Thursday, December 5th:  The Daily Mayo
Friday, December 6th:  West Metro Mommy Reads
Monday, December 9th:  Ageless Pages Reviews
Tuesday, December 10th:  Lavish Bookshelf
Wednesday, December 11th:  Bookchickdi
Thursday, December 12th:  Broken Teepee
Friday, December 13th:  Must Read Faster
Tuesday, December 17th:  Kritter’s Ramblings

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad that this was such an enjoyable reading experience for you! Thanks for being a part of the tour.


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