MRS. LINCOLN'S DRESSMAKER
All the characters are brilliantly written, and readers will enjoy getting to know each and every one of them. This book is based on Mrs. Lincoln’s actual dressmaker, Elizabeth Keckley, and her memoirs, which many believe she never wrote. Chiaverini, author of the Elm Creek Quilt series, does her research on all her books and brings to life long-forgotten snapshots of America’s past with style, grace and respect.
Lizzie Keckley is determined to be the dressmaker for Mrs. Lincoln. Some of her high-profile clients give her a high recommendation, and soon Lizzie and Mrs. Lincoln are constant companions. With Lizzie learning all the dirty little secrets people in office have, she gives her promise to keep everything she hears and sees to herself. She also becomes the only person who can calm Mrs. Lincoln down when she gets in her moods, learning early on that there is something not quite right about her most popular client. As a former slave and a black woman, no one will believe Lizzie, and she could lose her position, so she keeps a journal and faithfully writes in it every day to keep account of all that she experiences. (DUTTON, Jan., 352 pp., $26.95)