Thursday, January 10, 2019

TLC Book Tours Book Review: The Gown

About The Gown

• Hardcover: 400 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (December 31, 2018)

The Gown is marvelous and moving, a vivid portrait of female self-reliance in a world racked by the cost of war.”--Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network

From the internationally bestselling author of Somewhere in France comes an enthralling historical novel about one of the most famous wedding dresses of the twentieth century—Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown—and the fascinating women who made it.

“Millions will welcome this joyous event as a flash of color on the long road we have to travel.”

—Sir Winston Churchill on the news of Princess Elizabeth’s forthcoming wedding

London, 1947: Besieged by the harshest winter in living memory, burdened by onerous shortages and rationing, the people of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet desperation despite their nation’s recent victory. Among them are Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, embroiderers at the famed Mayfair fashion house of Norman Hartnell. Together they forge an unlikely friendship, but their nascent hopes for a brighter future are tested when they are chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime honor: taking part in the creation of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown.
Toronto, 2016: More than half a century later, Heather Mackenzie seeks to unravel the mystery of a set of embroidered flowers, a legacy from her late grandmother. How did her beloved Nan, a woman who never spoke of her old life in Britain, come to possess the priceless embroideries that so closely resemble the motifs on the stunning gown worn by Queen Elizabeth II at her wedding almost seventy years before? And what was her Nan’s connection to the celebrated textile artist and holocaust survivor Miriam Dassin?

With The Gown, Jennifer Robson takes us inside the workrooms where one of the most famous wedding gowns in history was created. Balancing behind-the-scenes details with a sweeping portrait of a society left reeling by the calamitous costs of victory, she introduces readers to three unforgettable heroines, their points of view alternating and intersecting throughout its pages, whose lives are woven together by the pain of survival, the bonds of friendship, and the redemptive power of love.

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Review:  The Gown is probably the first book I've read since the death of my mother that really pulled me in and made me not want to put it down.

I absolutely loved this book, even though part of me expected it to be more about Elizabeth and Phillip. I quickly became engrossed in Ann, Miriam and Heather's story and how their lives intertwine through the ages.

Jennifer Robson brings the late 40s in England come to life. The struggles of the girls and the excitement of a Royal Wedding. I found myself caught up in that excitement too, and I googled many times over to see Elizabeth's wedding gown, which is simply stunning.

Ann, we learned is Heather's Nan, who has recently passed away.  I loved learning how Heather uncovers her gran's secrets, as her family never really learned much about her life in England.

This is a stunning novel that anyone that loves historical fiction will enjoy.

Rating: 5 flowers

About Jennifer Robson

Jennifer Robson is the USA Today and #1 Toronto Globe & Mail bestselling author of Somewhere in France, After the War is Over and Moonlight Over Paris. She holds a doctorate from Saint Antony’s College, University of Oxford. She lives in Toronto with her husband and young children.

Find out more about Jennifer at her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours said...

I'm so glad that this book engrossed you so much - it can be really hard to get back into doing enjoyable things after losing someone so important. I hope you're doing ok.

Thanks for being on the tour.

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