London, spring 1939. Eighteen-year-old Ada Vaughan, a beautiful and ambitious seamstress, has just started work for a modiste in Dover Street. A career in couture is hers for the taking - she has the skill and the drive - if only she can break free from the dreariness of family life in Lambeth.
A chance meeting with the enigmatic Stanislaus von Lieben catapults Ada into a world of glamour and romance. When he suggests a trip to Paris, Ada is blind to all the warnings of war on the continent: This is her chance for a new start.
Anticipation turns to despair when war is declared, and the two are trapped in France. When the Nazis invade, Stanislaus abandons her, and she is taken prisoner, sent to Germany as slave labour, and forced to survive on her wits alone. Resilient at every turn, Ada finds the strength that extremity breeds and survives the only way she knows how: by being a dressmaker.
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By sue on 14-05-15
Believe able but heartbreaking .
At first I thought come on, is this going to be a bit far fetched... But no take into consideration how the world was at this time, and it's just heartbreaking how so much can happen to this woman.
Well worth a read .. Well worth.....
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