The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham.
The Dressmaker; was a compleat surprise. It is; nothing to what I expected; which is one off, it's star asset. I would off; liked to of known silly little details. What year was the story set in? I know that King George is on the thrown. But that is all. I don't know where the Town of Dungatar is located. I'm; assuming the outback? But, there are no clues as to where the nearest large City is? Was there no rationing in Australia and Europe? Factual details are not considered important.
This is both fascinating and confusing at the same time. It may be; irelevent. But, these little details are important to me.
The story starts off, at a very slow pace; which made me nearly give up. I'm so glad that I persevered. You are introduced to the townsfolk; Warts and all. Hardly anybody but a lovely family are truly compassionate. But by this time; I was hooked on their petty bickering; that only small town living; won't allow; to be finally buried in the past.
Tilly; the central character's story is told painfully slowly. And then it; takes off at such a fast pace that it surprises me. It is her return to Dungatar; that brings the petty bickering to the surface. As a result; it is people's spite and ego's that slowly mushroom's into its climax. I did not expect the ending at all. I was surprised but, I could understand why the ending happened.
This book comes strongly under me time! Make yourself a mug of tea and be prepared to be surprised by the events. This book deserves to be read quietly and with compassion.
This is my first introduction to the work of Rosalie Ham. I hope that her other work is of a high standard as well.