Sunday 4 December 2022

The seamstress of Sardinia

By: Bianca Pitzorno

Narrated by: Carlotta Brentan

Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins

Release date: 12-06-22

Publisher: Harper Audio

Historical romance / to review

It is the tale of a seamstress in the early 1900s. Life is not easy, her grandmother takes her in and teaches her her trade.

Her work takes her into other lives. Esther who marries a nobleman. The Americana, a journalist, who lives life her own way. A social climbing family who will have their downfall, and more.

It shows life as it was back then in Sardinia. And some really messed up things. Most shocking was the whole thing how a woman could be completely be cast out if she was unlucky. And because she had no home she would be branded a prostitute and sent to a brothel. I mean how many ways of effed up is that? It was not easy being a woman back then and the seamstress will learn that too.

The ending is so bittersweet. I was actually rather upset. But then it turned out well in the absolute end. Still, it does show that life is never eas.

I liked the narration. It fitted well with the era and tone. It flowed so well 

Born into poverty, the seamstress spends her days sewing in the houses of wealthy families. Her work is simple and honest; taught by her nonna, she skilfully prepares nightgowns, undergarments and children’s clothes, leaving the finer work of dressmaking to the ateliers in Paris.

Her story weaves in and out of the lives of the people she works for, whose secrets and scandals she is privy to. Some are kind and generous, others blinded by their desire to climb the social ladder. She dreams of freeing herself from the hardscrabble life she has inherited but can’t help being pulled back in by the love of the people around her.


  1. I'm glad you liked it in the end.

    1. I did like the whole thing, except for the fate of one person

  2. Replies
    1. I haven´t really read anything set there before

  3. Sounds bittersweet as you said

  4. It sort of reminds me of the Broadway show of Les Miserables, in that women (and men) can be treated horribly if different or ... Glad the ending was okay even if bittersweet.

    1. She did have a nice life, but there was always that danger

  5. I'm glad there was an ending that fixed things, I don't like books that leave me upset.

    1. It was still a slap in the face, like whaat just happened?



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