I love stories with a strong female POV, and I have read a few books by Drosten now. I also love historical fiction and the fact that this is female oriented without it being a typical romance is a plus for me. This book does not disappoint. Although I would stop short of calling it great, though it is a solid choice.
Born into a foundling home for orphans of unwed mothers, Fanny Schindler spends most of her life proving herself to Josepha, who had taken her in. First she obtains good grades in school and longs to continue her education, she then works as a lady’s maid for several rich young women. After several failed attempts in prominent houses, she decides to follow her dream of becoming a seamstress and buys herself an apprenticeship to one of the most prestigious clothing shops in Austria-Hungary.
I like how Fanny is a strong character learning to take care of herself through several failures and finally finding her calling in fashion. And how she was able to eventually buy the clothing store she started in. Interesting historical fiction before and during WWI.
This book seems to check all the correct boxes in attracting and, in the case for many readers, proves to be a good story. I would argue, however, that it lacks a certain amount of depth and complexity to the character that would allow this book to reach much bigger heights.
It is certainly adept at keeping the reader turning the page, just as the Hallmark Channel knows how to leave you wanting more just before the commercial break. This will be a good book for long days stuck in isolation during the Covid crisis, but let’s not jump to conclusions and call this a classic.