Author: Mary Naylus
Published: Prospera Publishing, 2009
First Line: "A day like any other."
Summary: When 13-year-old Picky's Mum forces her to look after Gran, who has dementia, she is accidentally locked in Gran's dusty old attic. There she finds a chest full of old clothes, and tomboy Picky is forced to don what appears to be a ball-gown when the freezing night temperatures hit. As soon as the dress is pinned together, Picky is transported back to the year 1700, where a man who appears to know her as Amelia is trying to kill her. Managing to get the dress off just in time, Picky returns to the present with the dress covered in blood. Did the man kill the girl called Amelia? Will wearing the other dresses in the chest take her back in time too? And will she be in danger again should she try it? (Taken from Goodreads)
Review: I found The Dresskeeper to be slow at first but about three quarters of the way in it picked up and I devoured the rest of the book.
I don’t usually get to read many books by British authors and so this one was quite a nice change. Not only did it feature London in the present, it also contained London in the past which was really interesting. Another thing that sets this book apart is that the language is different. From Mary Naylus’ writing style you just get the feeling of a British protagonist which is what Picky is and it adds a unique twist to the book that I found to be a nice change of pace. It makes it easy to imagine myself in Picky’s shoes.
As far as story line goes, I was slightly surprised by The Dresskeeper. I wasn’t entirely sure how the story would move along but I found myself learning a thing or two about England’s history that I didn’t really know anything about until reading The Dresskeeper.
I liked Picky as a character, she wasn’t the best looking person around but she didn’t care which I thought was good. I liked that during the course of The Dresskeeper Picky really came into her own and grew stronger.
The Dresskeeper is quite a unique and original story and while at first I didn’t enjoy it so much, in the end I quite enjoyed it.
If you like historical fiction novels then I think that The Dresskeeper by Mary Naylus would be worth checking out.
Source: Own book