An exquisite ring, passed down through generations, connects two women who learn that love is a choice, and forgiveness is the key to freedom...
San Francisco: 1876
Immigrant dressmakers Hannelore Schaeffer and Margaret O'Brien struggle to provide food for their siblings, while mending delicate clothing for the city's most affluent ladies. When wealthy Lucas Havensworth enters the shop, Hanna's future is altered forever. With Margaret's encouragement and the power of a borrowed green dress, Hanna dares to see herself as worthy of him. Then Margaret disappears, and Hanna turns to Lucas. Braving the gritty streets of the Barbary Coast and daring to enter the mansions of Nob Hill, Hanna stumbles upon Margaret’s fate, forcing her to make a devastating decision...one that will echo through the generations.
San Francisco: Present Day
In her elegant Marina apartment overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, Sarah Havensworth struggles to complete the novel she quit her job for. Afraid to tell her husband of her writer’s block, Sarah is also hiding a darker secret—one that has haunted her for 14 years. Then a news headline from 1876 sparks inspiration: Missing Dressmakers Believed to be Murdered. Compelled to discover what happened to Hannelore and Margaret, Sarah returns to her roots as a journalist. Will her beautiful heirloom engagement ring uncover a connection to Hanna Schaeffer?
The Dressmaker's Dowry is a really good debut novel by Meredith Jaeger and is set in San Francisco. It's a very moving fictional story that alternates between current day and the past that brings generations together to solve an age old mystery.
Ms. Jaeger did a wonderful job of bringing this story to life with a great setting, engaging characters and a well written plot that really pulled me in. The story's twists and turns were well done and it kept me on the edge of my seat.
I definitely recommend The Dressmaker's Dowry and award it 4.5 stars. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Jaeger's work!
I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to William Morrow Paperbacks and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review this book.