It is 1911, and Jean is about to join the mass strike at the Singer factory. For her, nothing will be the same again.
Decades later, in Edinburgh, Connie sews coded moments of her life into a notebook, as her mother did before her.
More than 100 years after his grandmother’s sewing machine was made, Fred discovers a treasure trove of documents. His family history is laid out before him in a patchwork of unfamiliar handwriting and colourful seams.
He starts to unpick the secrets of four generations, one stitch at a time.
Natalie Fergie, lives near Edinburgh, with her husband and dog Boris. As well as numerous sewing machines. Her two boys have flown the coop. The Sewing Machine is her debut novel.
As a blogger, I get to connect with so many different people, authors, readers and other bloggers. Facebook is such a wonderful base to meet and make new connections. This is where I first heard about Natalie Fergie and The Sewing Machine.
The cover of the book is instantly appealing. I could connect with the title, The Sewing Machine and relate to it to my childhood. When my mother and I would visit John Lewis department store on a Saturday, to pick out material for my Cabbage Patch Dolls new dress. Which my mum then made on her Singer Sewing Machine. So that was instantly appealing, then to read that Edinburgh played a part too, well that sold it completely to me. As that’s my home city.
The book is like a warm blanket on a nippy night or a delicious but not to sweet ice cream on a hot summers day. It’s characters slowly and gently grab on to your heartstrings and snuggle down. Because it flows from modern day to days gone by. It never get’s dull. There is always something to learn from each chapter. So I was very impressed by Natalie’s ability to keep me wanting to read more and definitely no skim reading with this book, you want to savour each word and the feelings that each chapter brings about.
The idea is brilliant, the life of a sewing machine and in turn, the lives and times it touches. It’s there for every life-changing event, births, deaths and marriages. But it’s also there for the machinist for the hard days when life is tough, almost a safe place when all those worries or upset, subside out of the mind and the only focus is the task at hand on the machine.
It touches on lot’s of topics, but I won’t spoil. But I can say that at its heart are the power of secrets. At a recent book launch for The Sewing Machine at Blackwells Bookstore Store, Edinburgh. Natalie Fergie said it best, she said that not all secrets have to be bad and it’s alright for them to be private.
I would love to for there to be a sequel and I have harped on and on at Natalie about it and I probably will always need to have more of these honest, raw, fragile characters. That’s how much I have emotionally invested into them. And you will too on your personal adventure with the book.
So I urge you to dive into The Sewing Machine. Make yourself comfortable and begin the fascinating journey with memorable characters. If you feel like talking about the book with other readers. Join in on my Facebook Book group.
You can join here ~ https://www.facebook.com/groups/LoveBooksGroup2017/
It’s totally free to join and The Sewing Machine, is our May pick and Natalie Fergie will be in the group on the 31st May at 8 pm to answer questions on review night.
You can order your copy of the eBook here ~ Amazon.co.uk
If you have enjoyed the book and you also have a sewing machine please tweet Natalie @Theyarnyard with a photo of you, the book and your Singer sewing machine. Use the #Singerthesewingmachinenovel
Thank you to Natalie Fergie for my advanced copy to review.
Ps ~ Natalie ~ sequel~ please. K x
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