The Seamstress on Cider Lane offers interesting characters whose decisions may put them in jeopardy of a happily ever after.


The Description

Homefront Hearts
Publication Date: May 3, 2022

The Germans pause their bombing raids on London but life on the homefront is certainly far from ordinary. The Seamstress on Cider Lane is a lighthearted and hopeful romance, perfect for fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Last Bookshop in London.

Gifted seamstress Nora Archer opens a sewing shop just as clothing becomes rationed and scarce in Britain. London’s fashionable elites soon discover her remarkable talent for giving garments new life and her skills are soon in high demand.

Having lost his flat during the Blitz, Jack Parker is relieved to finally locate a new home. He finds himself living under the same roof as Nora, the spirited and enchanting woman he thought he’d lost, as well as Nora’s protective aunt.

Despite her aunt’s warnings, Nora can’t help falling for Jack. However, the sweet and bookish teacher is from a different world and Nora doesn’t know if she fits in or if Jack might be too good to be true. She can’t deny the intense attraction between herself and Jack—and neither of them wants to.

When a struggling friend’s desperate plea for help lures Nora into the dodgy clothing black market, she risks not only her business and reputation but also her blossoming relationship with Jack.

Will Jack and Nora’s wartime romance survive when Nora’s secrets are revealed?

The Review

War-torn London often serves as a rich backdrop for World War II historical novels illustrating the challenges of the era.

Author Jillianne Hamilton delivers two strong main characters trying to do their part for the war effort in The Seamstress on Cider Lane.

Nora Archer and Jack Parker meet one memorable evening that ends with them huddling together in a bomb shelter. Weeks later, they encounter each other in the home of Nora’s aunt and uncle, where Jack is the new tenant.

This sets the stage for a rather complicated romantic scenario. Although they clearly are attracted to each other, in order for them to pursue a relationship, one would have to move out.

Jack’s character is troubled by his designated role in the war. Instead of being immersed in research, he finds himself serving as a history teacher to young children. While it is better than being on the front lines, Jack finds himself longing for his old life. There are some humorous aspects that accompany his time in the classroom.

Nora, on the other hand, opens her own sewing shop with the help of her relatives. When a friend approaches her with some black-market goods, Nora makes the fateful decision to sell them. Although this greatly expands her clientele, it puts her in great jeopardy.

As their relationship grows, Nora gets insight into Jack’s background. It’s one thing to sew dresses for the high society women, but it is much different to actually mingle with them on Jack’s arm.

The Seamstress on Cider Lane offers interesting characters whose decisions may put them in jeopardy of a happily ever after.

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About The AuthorJillianne Hamilton writes entertaining historical fiction and historical romance novels with happy endings. Her stories feature feisty female protagonists and plenty of sass and wit, using the past as an exciting backdrop. Her debut novel was shortlisted for the 2016 PEI Book Award.



Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


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The Seamstress on Cider Lane offers interesting characters whose decisions may put them in jeopardy of a happily ever after.5-STAR REVIEW: THE SEAMSTRESS ON CIDER LANE by Jillianne Hamilton