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The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard: A Novel Hardcover – August 1, 2008
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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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.
However, I do agree with some of my fellow readers' reviews..I was very disappointed in the ending. It left me very confused.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well done. Characters have depth. Ending was a surprise! Enjoyed it!Published 16 months ago by Book enthusiast
Interesting story but some of the conversations went on endlessly and unnecessarily.Published 16 months ago by triplem
This novel was surprisingly good; the story is original, the characters are compelling and it's very well written.Published 17 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 18 months ago by Martin Turnbull
Very depressing. I kept hoping it would get better and it never did. A real waste of time reading it.Published 18 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 18 months ago by K. Southmayd