Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Bookspotlight & Giveaway: Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini (CLOSED)

***Congratulations to Anonymous #3 - Jill, winner of the giveaway!!! Thanks to all who entered!  
 
Back in February, I read and posted my review of Jennifer Chiaverini's debut stand-alone novel, Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, which I absolutely loved!!! You can find my thoughts on the book here. The book has recently been released in paperback and Jennifer is touring with TLC Books. 

 

Title: Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker 
Author: Jennifer Chiaverini  
Published: September 2013, Plume
Format: Paperback, 384 pages  
Source: TLC Book Tours


In Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, novelist Jennifer Chiaverini presents a stunning account of the friendship that blossomed between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keckley, a former slave who gained her professional reputation in Washington, D.C. by outfitting the city’s elite. Keckley made history by sewing for First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln within the White House, a trusted witness to many private moments between the President and his wife, two of the most compelling figures in American history.

In March 1861, Mrs. Lincoln chose Keckley from among a number of applicants to be her personal “modiste,” responsible not only for creating the First Lady’s gowns, but also for dressing Mrs. Lincoln in the beautiful attire Keckley had fashioned. The relationship between the two women quickly evolved, as Keckley was drawn into the intimate life of the Lincoln family, supporting Mary Todd Lincoln in the loss of first her son, and then her husband to the assassination that stunned the nation and the world.

Keckley saved scraps from the dozens of gowns she made for Mrs. Lincoln, eventually piecing together a tribute known as the Mary Todd Lincoln Quilt. She also saved memories, which she fashioned into a book, Behind the Scenes: Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House. Upon its publication, Keckley’s memoir created a scandal that compelled Mary Todd Lincoln to sever all ties with her, but in the decades since, Keckley’s story has languished in the archives. In this impeccably researched, engrossing novel, Chiaverini brings history to life in rich, moving style.

For information about Jennifer Chiaverini and her books, check out her website, her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter

Be sure to follow the rest of the blog tour for more reviews of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker.


GIVEAWAY DETAILS - (CLOSED) (US/Canada only) 
Thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours, I have one copy of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker to give away to my readers.
 
To enter… 


  • For 1 entry leave me a comment entering the giveaway.
  • Tweet, share on Facebook, or blog for 2 extra entries.
  • Please include email address so I can contact you if you win.
This giveaway is open to US/Canada residents only and ends November 29th.  


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29 comments

  1. I so so so want to read Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini!!! Been on my wishlist for awhile! Thanks so much for the giveaway chance to win!!!

    Laura Kay
    anovelreview(@)yahoo(.)com

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  2. I tweeted, too!
    https://twitter.com/anovelreview1/status/402794337081110528

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  3. thanks for this fascinating giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. I remember reading your review of this, and thinking that I should read this book too. Thanks for the giveaway!
    laurafabiani at videotron dot ca

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  5. Sounds like an intriguing book. Thanks for the giveaway.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

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  6. this novel sounds unique. Thanks for the feature and giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. Count me in, Kristin. I've heard wonderful things about this book.
    SuzyQ4PR(at)aol(dot)com

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  8. I also tweeted about this giveaway.
    SuzyQ4PR(at)aol(dot)com

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  9. Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I will share it in my list of giveaways, Kristin.

    suko95(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I really enjoy her quilting books and think I would like this one too!

    jilian15@hotmail.com

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  11. I have had this on my wish list for a while. Thank you!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  12. i so want to read Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  13. shared on my FB wall: www.facebook.com/cyn209

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  14. This sounds really interesting! I love when authors take a look at the people that weren't as famous in history!
    mestith at gmail dot com

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  15. I tweeted as well: https://twitter.com/MeghanStith/status/402997537105129472

    mestith at gmail dot com

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  16. This book sounds so interesting because it is about a lesser known character, not Mrs Lincoln but her dressmaker. I find that fascinating.

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  17. I've heard really good things about this book :) Thanks for the giveaway! kxw116[at]gmail.com

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  18. Oh, Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker is on my wishlist! Thank you for the opportunity to win!!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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  19. I have soooo wanted to read this book and loved your review! I have it on my TBR list and would love to win this book!

    My email is: booksintheburbs at gmail dot com

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!!

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  20. I tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/texaggs2000/status/403659779395944448

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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  21. I've wanted to read this for awhile! Jhuelsebusch@sbcglobal.net

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  22. Pres. Lincoln has always been one of my hubby's favorite people. But we really know so little about Mrs. Lincoln - and I'm not sure she is often cast in a good light. This book, Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, though a novel and more about Elizabeth Keckley, will hopefully allow me a better picture of Mary Todd Lincoln.
    donna(dot)durnell(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  23. I think this would be such an interesting read. Keeping my fingers crossed!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  24. i keep bumping into this one, so thanks for the giveaway! here is my tweet:
    https://twitter.com/wordsandpeace/status/404345736495509504
    Emma @ Words And Peace ehc16e at yahoo dot com

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  25. Love Chiaverini! Thanks for the giveaway!

    ladybook21 at Yahoo dot com

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  26. Would love to win this. I love historical fiction.

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  27. Would love to read this sounds perfect for me. Lomazowr@gmail.com will tweet @Rhondareads

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  28. Thank you for the give away.

    I'll post this on Facebook and Twitter
    FB: Elizabeth Barnes Bevins
    Twitter:@BevinsElizabeth

    I have been wanting to read this one!

    bevins.elizabeth at gmail dot com

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  29. This sounds like a lovely story!
    mandichildress@gmail.com

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