Claire will stop at nothing to provide for her daughters. An unwed mother, she does everything possible to raise them whilst avoiding her scandalous past. Some secrets are best kept, even between mother and daughter.
Alice longs for a father, especially if that means her mother will be happy. She takes matters into her own hands—but she never expected what she finds.
Despite her efforts to shelter her daughters, Claire’s ghosts rise up to haunt her, and any semblance of control over her life vanishes. If her secrets are uncovered, what will become of her family?
The secret isn’t what it was before. And that make this a hard review to write. Just because it is so much more to the story now. I applaud Kellyn Roth’s growth in writing as this new secret shows her growth as a writer. With the first version of The Dressmaker’s Secret, I found a love for indie books, one of the first indie books I read that was written by someone who was not over ten years older than me. At the time, I hadn’t really taken much notice of indie books and Roth’s was a first in a long line of indie books. Now, if I had read the first version now I would have liked it, but not enjoyed it due to the fact that it may have bored me. No offence meant, with the things she has changed the author has shown an incredible new maturity in her writing, which is wonderful. I enjoyed the story the first time and the changes have made it so much better.
While I disliked characters at first I grew to like them, seeing that their past mistakes had moulded their character. I thoroughly enjoyed the setting. Alice, wow, I had forgotten how much I loved reading about her, she is such a spunky girl. Ivy, sweet precious Ivy, who I am eagerly waiting for her (rewritten) book from the author.
Warning: mentions of unwed pregnancy, rape, mentions of a baby being stillborn.
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