Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard: A Novel Hardcover – August 1, 2008
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
I very much enjoyed this book. Nell is a great character in that she's incredibly flawed throughout the entire novel, and yet still manages to evoke sympathy from the reader. I was captivated by this book until the very end, and although the ending felt kind of rushed and was left pretty open-ended (which I hate), I still recommend this book highly to everyone.
From the book...."I couldn't cook, but I could sew. It would have been better the other way around."
At the turn of the 20th century, Nell is just a young teenager when she marries a rancher, moves in with her in-laws and soon after has two little girls -all within a couple of years. Nell is depressed and unhappy with her life in Kansas, but she has no one to share her feelings with. She convinces her husband to let her have a sewing machine, so she can have a creative outlet.
She finds that she has real talent, and she begins to earn some money sewing beautiful dresses for wealthy women in the area. She quickly finds sewing is her passion, not cooking, cleaning, and mothering her daughters. She puts the money she earns from sewing dresses away, and dreams about a different and more exciting life.
Before long her mother-in-law begins to interfere, and her husband begins to criticize her mothering skills. Nell is infuriated when Jack also sells her sewing machine. So much so that she leaves her husband, young daughters, and the mother-in-law in Kansas and heads for California.
In California Nell begins a new life. She works as a shop girl and soon begins sewing again for wealthy clients, and then for the motion picture industry. Nell remarries and she neglects to tell her new husband about her past. She even has another child. Nell can run, but she cannot hide, soon her past catches up with her.
I enjoyed the character of Nell very much, and it was interesting reading about Hollywood in the early 20th century. I did have a bit of a problem with the ending as I think it seemed unrealistic given the time when this novel was to have taken place. I won't elaborate as I do not want to give away the ending. All in all it was still an enjoyable read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well done. Characters have depth. Ending was a surprise! Enjoyed it!Published 11 months ago by Book enthusiast
Interesting story but some of the conversations went on endlessly and unnecessarily.Published 11 months ago by triplem
This novel was surprisingly good; the story is original, the characters are compelling and it's very well written.Published 11 months ago by J Navratil
This is one of those books I knew I was going to like by the end of the first page—and I did. Although I thought the middle suffered a little from plot inertia—not a lot, but a... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Martin P. Turnbull
Very depressing. I kept hoping it would get better and it never did. A real waste of time reading it.Published 13 months ago by Dianne Placko
I can't believe I made it to the end. Didn't care for the writing style or sketchy character development. Sorry seemed choppy.Published 13 months ago by K. Southmayd