Celia Garth

Gwen Bristow


Another Old Skool romance, this book has aged remarkably well. Originally published in 1959, I remember reading it in high school. When it turned up on one of my subscription services, I was curious as to whether it would hold up over this years. Remarkably, it did, although today it would probably be labeled YA rather than something for adults.

The story of a young seamstress caught up in the drama of the War for Independence, it draws the reader into the events of the Revolutionary War as seen through the eyes of one young woman. An orphan, Celia enter the employ of the notoriously picky Vivian Lacy, who can’t find a dressmaker to suit her. Celia takes on the job and find Mrs. Lacy a perfectionist, but otherwise easy to work for.

As time goes on her life becomes ever more intertwined with Mrs. Lacy as the war steps up in intensity. The everyday lives of regular people under British occupation shows the stresses of being a revolutionary masquerading as a loyalist. As long as her safety is not threatened she works in the dress shop, where she keeps her ears open and passes along bits of information about British activity.

A pleasant read, although very much a work of the 50s, the book holds up very well.










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