Vanessa is a war widow and she's a brave woman who played her part for her country in the Second World War. After the war she has to find a job and the theater world, where she has roots, greatly appeals to her. She finds a position as wardrobe mistress at The Farren Theatre in London. Former captain Alistair has inherited the place and is trying to make it successful again. He and Vanessa know each other, but their connection isn't an easy one.
Vanessa is trying to find beautiful fabrics for dresses and costumes when everything is in short supply. She has to prove herself, as she's a beginner without much experience. She has allies in the theater, but she also has enemies. There's something about her past she doesn't entirely understand, will she ever find out the truth? Meanwhile Vanessa has to fight her feelings for Alistair, the man who's married to her dear friend. Will she be able to keep their relationship professional while she feels so much love for the man she isn't ever supposed to be with?
The Wardrobe Mistress is a fantastic story about a strong and talented woman. Vanessa is tough, she can handle everything that comes her way and she's incredibly smart. I immediately liked her. She has to be resilient and clever, but she never loses her honesty and kindness. I loved that about her personality. Alistair can be reserved or loving, depending on his mood and the circumstances of the moment, and it was interesting to see how he reacts in every difficult situation he ends up in. They're numerous, but he always keeps going and I liked his spirit and determination. The relationship he has with Vanessa is wonderfully complicated. I couldn't wait to find out where that would lead and couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to discover how things would end for them.
The Wardrobe Mistress is a book about the marvelous world of the theater. It's something that spellbound to me from the start and I loved Natalie Meg Evans's detailed descriptions of the stage, the costumes and the rehearsals, it felt like I could take a look behind the scenes. She combines this magical setting with fabulous gripping secrets and they kept me on the edge of my seat. The Wardrobe Mistress is a captivating, enchanting, entertaining and interesting read. I absolutely loved this terrific story.
- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 13 hours and 51 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Quercus
- Audible.com.au Release Date: 14 February 2019
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B07L5VL77J
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,197 in Audible (See Top 100 in Audible)