So, you've been intrigued by the the beautiful cover and plot description on this book and you're wondering if it'll live up to the hype.Let me offer you my opinion:No, it won't.The Titanic movie came out when I was in highschool and I saw it three times in the theater. I didn't really feel the need to read a book about it since I had seen the story unfold in such detail on the big screen. However, I was intrigued by the premise of The Dressmaker, where we get to find out what happens to some of the passengers after the ordeal was over. It even promised to be sort of a mix of Titanic meets The Devil Wears Prada.It's a really good premise. I wanted it to be a really good book.I was completely willing to suspend all my preconceived notions about what happened on the Titanic, to meet new characters, and to see where the author would take the story. Unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed.This is a relatively short book, only 300 pages or so. The story revolves around Tess, an unhappy English maid who quits her job just as the Titanic is leaving port, manages to get herself hired on as lady's maid to a famous fashion designer who is boarding the colossal ship, meets two different men on board in very brief and forced scenarios creating the now-standard love triangle plotline, and then the Titanic sinks. That was all in the first 38 pages. You have to really rush to fit that much into 38 pages. In fact, the entire book really only covers about two-weeks' worth of time, which was not enough for what the author tried to accomplish. I was so distracted by how unbelievable everything seemed, from the conversations between the characters, to the weird subplot with the fashion designer's bipolar behavior, to the fact that Tess is supposed to be some amazing dressmaking diamond in the rough who goes from a maid on a boat to designing the key dress in a fashion show two weeks later, that I just couldn't get caught up in the story.This book attempted to combine several genres, historical fiction and chick lit and mystery, but it wasn't long enough to do any of it well. If it had had a believable and interesting love story, I would have rated it higher, but even that fell flat. If you want a light, superficial, rather forgettable read, then you could give this one a go. But if you are looking for the next historical epic for your favorites shelf, keep looking. I was underwhelmed.