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From the author of The Last Telegram come the parallel stories of Maria and Caroline, living decades apart, and the quilt that brings past and present together.

She kept her secret for a lifetime …

A shy girl with no family, Maria knows she’s lucky to have landed in the sewing room of the royal household. Before World War I casts its shadow, she catches the eye of the Prince of Wales, a glamorous and intense gentleman. But her life takes a far darker turn, and soon all she has left is a fantastical story about her time at Buckingham Palace.

Decades later, Caroline Meadows discovers a beautiful quilt in her mother’s attic. When she can’t figure out the meaning of the message embroidered into its lining, she embarks on a quest to reveal its mystery—a puzzle that only seems to grow more important to her own heart. As Caroline pieces together the secret history of the quilt, she comes closer and closer to the truth about Maria.

Page-turning and heartbreaking, The Forgotten Seamstress weaves together past and present in an unforgettable journey.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Trenow has written a spellbinding story that will keep readers up late to find out what happens next.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “A page-turner with eye-opening details about the conditions of mental hospitals in the twentieth century, as well as the provenance of royal fabrics, the art of quilting, and the vagaries of modern interior design.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An heirloom patchwork quilt hiding a scandalous royal secret is the link between the generations in Trenow’s solid second novel…Flosnik treats each character, major or minor, with a sense of distinction and identity. The narrative enthralls as it weaves back and forth between Caroline’s and Maria’s stories—a haunting tale of past and present voiced with grace and beauty.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “The two narratives are seamlessly woven together, forming a heartrending tapestry of tragedy and resilience.”


  • A May 2014 LibraryReads Pick
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About the Author

Liz Trenow is the author of the The Last Telegram. As Liz Curry, she worked as a journalist for national and regional newspapers, BBC radio, and television news, followed by a career in public relations and communications. Her family have been silk weavers for nearly three hundred years, and she grew up in the house next to the mill in Suffolk, England, which still operates today, weaving for top-end fashion houses and royal commissions. She lives in Essex, England, with her husband.