The Sewing Machine written by Natalie Fergie, publisher Unbound, is available NOW in ebook, paperback, audiobook and audio CD format.
With over 100k ebooks sold to date this family saga is now available as a trade paperback for the first time with a stunning new cover.
To buy link: https://amzn.to/2SGO4qk
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.
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the trade paperback release of Natalie Fergie’s debut novel: The Sewing Machine.
The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie was first published in April 2017 and has sold over 100k ebooks and has consistently been placed in the Top 20 Women’s Historical Fiction charts. This is such an outstanding achievement for a debut novel and after reading The Sewing Machine I can totally understand why as I believe it’s an epic read.
Natalie Fergie’s writing flowed perfectly and her words took you back to the lives of working class families from Scotland. The lives of Jean, Connie, Fred and Ruth are reminiscent to coloured threads on a knitting machine that once woven together make the perfect cosy wrap. This novel was so well researched you could feel the love and time that Natalie Fergie undertook seeping out from the words on the pages. The Sewing Machine is one of the best debuts I’ve read and the author should be so proud of her book baby.
This book ticked lots of boxes for me, it captivated me into the lives of workers at The Singer Sewing Machine factory in Clydebank. It takes you back to industrialism in 1911 and we experience a monumental event in history when thousands of workers went on strike. This strike was to change the course of Jean’s journey but she didn’t want to leave her first place of employment without leaving a little something behind.
A singer sewing machine was a tool of employment, it was a tool for women at home to help clothe the household and also bring in extra money, it was also a tool for creativity and a tool of love.
One machine was to bring joy during sadness and hardship and it was also the catalyst of a romancing of the soul and heart. This machine would watch families grow, it would see them face their first job interviews, see them wed and rejoice in the birth of little ones. The symbolism of the sewing machine was like a beacon of hope to all.
Natalie Fergie has written a story of life, of love, of hardships and of hope. I feel almost honoured to have had the opportunity to read this novel as it was just brilliant!
About the Author (taken from amazon)
Natalie Fergie lives near Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city.
Her debut novel, The Sewing Machine, was published in April 2017 and is set in Clydebank and in Edinburgh. You can walk to many of the real life Edinburgh locations in the book, browse the shelves in the library the characters visited, and stand in the grounds of the Royal Infirmary looking up at the windows, as they did.
Natalie writes mostly from home, in a room overlooking the Forth Valley, with the Ochil Hills in the distance. When she isn’t writing, she is plotting her next book while she makes soup, or walks the family labrador.
Her website is at http://www.nataliefergie.com and you’ll find her chatting about anything and everything on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/NatalieSFergie and on Instagram at http://www.instagram/NatalieSFergie