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TitleMr. Singer's Seamstress : a Washington Territory story / Karla Stover. First edition. Ed
AuthorStover, Karla Wakefield, author.
CollectionAdult Fiction
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International Standard Book Number 9781432889906 (hardcover)
Dewey Decimal Classification Number 813/.6 23
Personal Name Stover, Karla Wakefield, author.
Title Statement Mr. Singer's Seamstress : a Washington Territory story / Karla Stover.
Varying Form of Title Mister Singer's Seamstress
Edition Statement First edition.
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice Waterville, Maine : Five Star Publishing, [2022]
Physical Description 277 pages : 23 cm.
Content Type text txt rdacontent
Media Type unmediated n rdamedia
Carrier Type volume nc rdacarrier
Summary, Etc. "In 1882, less than ten years after the Northern Pacific Railroad established a terminus on Commencement Bay and helped create a city called New Tacoma, the community is thriving. Stores, stables, a new hospital, and the beginnings of a hotel to rival San Francisco's Cliff House are going up. In town, horse-drawn street cars are pulled on gravel roads, and there is even the beginning of a new telephone system. In Nell Tanquist's opinion, the town has everything it needs to rival nearby Portland-almost everything, that is, except a dress-making establishment. Nell wants to create clothes for beautiful women and clothes to make plain women look beautiful, but sewing by hand will only take her so far, and the one thing she lacks to become a proper dressmaker is a sewing machine. To earn money, she works at any job that comes her way; taking an uncomfortable and unforgettable wagon ride to nearby Steilacoom to sell things she's crocheted; serving punch at what begins as an elegant "at-home" party that turns into something less than genteel; and working at the Halstead Hotel. As welcome summer weather warms the town, she also finds time for fun-taking her sister to the pantomime and going to a tea party, and for a romance that threatens to scuttle her dream. A picnic with her friends on Commencement Bay nearly turns deadly, and an attempted kidnapping she witnesses on a dark and rainy night takes her into uncharted territory. Mr. Singer's Seamstress is full of pioneers, Chinese laborers, and members of the Puyallup Indian tribe-all people who settled New Tacoma. Most of all, though, it's Nell's story: the story of a girl determined to buck convention and follow her own path"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Dressmakers Fiction.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Hotels Washington Tacoma Fiction.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Kidnapping Fiction.
Subject Added Entry - Geographical Term Tacoma (Wash.) Fiction.
Index Term-Genre/Form Novels. lcgft
Location FIC STO 31662001690643

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