Friday, March 22, 2013

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

ISBN-10: 0525953612

ISBN-13: 978-0525953616

I was intrigued with Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini since the first time I saw this book and read the jacket description.  I eagerly awaited my birthday and gifted it to myself! :)

This historical fiction novel centers around the amazing life of Elizabeth Keckley, a real life former slave. She was a gifted dressmaker who after many years of slavery purchased her freedom for both herself and her son.

Elizabeth established her business in Washington D.C. and soon became the most prominent dressmaker in the city during the Lincoln administration. She outfitted most of the Washington elite and she was chosen by First Lady, Mary Todd Lincoln to be her personal modiste.    

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker explores the unique relationship that Elizabeth had with Mrs. Lincoln, one of the public's most disliked First Ladys. It invites the reader to experience the inner workings of Lincoln's Presidency, intimate moments with the Lincoln family and the effects of that friendship on Elizabeth Kekley's life.   

 It was quite interesting to view history through the eye's of Elizabeth Keckley.  Ms. Chaiverini did a great job of bringing history to life! 

I did feel at various points in the novel that the story became a bit too long winded but overall, the author did a fine job of blending fact and fiction into an interesting, enjoyable read!

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker made me very curious to read Elizabeth Keckley's memoir ~ Behind the Scenes or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House.  I found a copy of it for free on Kind*le!

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