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Summary

Spanning the intense years of war, The Dressmaker of Dachau is a dramatic tale of love, conflict, betrayal, and survival. It is the compelling story of one young woman's resolve to endure and of the choices she must make at every turn - choices which will contain truths she must confront.

London, spring 1939. Eighteen-year-old Ada Vaughan, a beautiful and ambitious seamstress, has just started work for a modiste in Dover Street. A career in couture is hers for the taking - she has the skill and the drive - if only she can break free from the dreariness of family life in Lambeth.

A chance meeting with the enigmatic Stanislaus von Lieben catapults Ada into a world of glamour and romance. When he suggests a trip to Paris, Ada is blind to all the warnings of war on the continent: This is her chance for a new start.

Anticipation turns to despair when war is declared, and the two are trapped in France. When the Nazis invade, Stanislaus abandons her, and she is taken prisoner, sent to Germany as slave labour, and forced to survive on her wits alone. Resilient at every turn, Ada finds the strength that extremity breeds and survives the only way she knows how: by being a dressmaker.

©2015 Mary Chamberlain (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Critic reviews

The Dressmaker of Dachau is a thrilling story, brilliantly told. I couldn't put it down. Ada Vaughan is a character to fall in love with: utterly real, flawed and beguiling.” (Saskia Sarginson, author of The Twins and Without You)

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  • sue
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  • 14-05-15

Believe able but heartbreaking .

At first I thought come on, is this going to be a bit far fetched... But no take into consideration how the world was at this time, and it's just heartbreaking how so much can happen to this woman.
Well worth a read .. Well worth.....

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Good listen although a bit depressing

This is a very good listen about survival but depressing as you think how can one person have so much bad luck!

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Preserve really good

I loved it really good sad in places and didn't predict the ending. I can't say it is my favourite listen an took a good chapter for me to be hooked.

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I kept hoping for good ending..

If I am reading a book about the horrors of world war 2 I would be grateful if there would also be a fragment of positivity. This book was sad through and through.