WhooHoo! I received a copy of Jennifer Chiaverini's newest book, Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker. I've been asked to review it. (Note: They do not asked to give a positive review).
This latest book is historical fiction about Elizabeth Keckley, a slave who earned her freedom by her sewing skills. It is a stand alone novel; it is not about the usual gang of Elm Creek Quilters. This story starts just before the Civil War and develops as Keckley becomes dressmaker and friend to Mrs Mary Todd Lincoln. Chiaverini does a wonderful job of including Civil War history from a personal point of view. I found it very entertaining to read how people of that time would think and reacted as the events unfolded. The book is often written in narrative as the telling of the historical events calls for this type of writing. I admit I loved the glimpses Chiaverini provides into the Lincoln's lives, into the attitudes that many people of the day had and the making of our nation. The book is rich in history and it is evident Chiaverini did quite a lot of research to incorporate the parts necessary to create this smooth flowing story.
Elizabeth Keckley led quite an interesting life - I'll not share it here, but let you read about it - and Chiaverini did a wonderful job telling it.
I'm so glad that Chriaverini has branched off from the Elm Creek Quilters, as much as I loved them, as I really enjoyed reading this book. The book goes on sale January 15th.