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The Dressmaker's Gift Kindle Edition
|Length: 286 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
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"Must Read of the Week" --Saturday Express
"A wartime story that captures the era well and is a real page-turner as the different lives and generations come together like a beautifully woven fabric." --The People's Friend
"An intriguing and nostalgic read." --Woman & Home
"You'll be immersed in this twisting, colorful tale." --Take A Break
"The historical detail and distinctive characters will draw you in." --Woman's Weekly
"Equal parts heartbreaking and life-affirming, The Dressmaker's Gift is sure to be welcomed by fans of historical fiction." --Culturefly
"This book broke me and left me utterly speechless, yet I cannot recommend it enough...A beautiful, powerful, and emotive read--one of the best books I have ever read." --The Writing Garnet
"The Dressmaker's Gift is a commendable dual time story about love and survival against all odds. It shows us, without any shadow of doubt, the power and strength there is to be found in friendship." --Jaffa Reads Too
"The Dressmaker's Gift is, in itself, a gift of a book to read...a beautifully written book with four interesting and inspiring women at its core. The historical detail is seamless and brings the experiences of the war to life in shocking detail." --Bookliterati Book Reviews
"Movingly written with great heart and immaculately researched, the love of true friends can support and sustain you through life altering trauma." --Rachel Read It
"The Dressmaker's Gift portrays the strength within friendships and how women were also pivotal during the war. An emotional read and great story." --Jera's Jamboree
"The Dressmaker's Gift is a brilliant and thought provoking read that beautifully explores trauma, friendship, courage, love, and loss." --Best Book Forward
"It is full of suspense, twists, and turns but most importantly it is full of courage and heart. I hope you all have got a chance to check it out and read this incredible book." --Sissi Reads--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Fiona Valpy spent seven years living in France, having moved there from the UK in 2007. She and her family renovated an old, rambling farmhouse in the Bordeaux winelands, during which time she developed new-found skills in cement-mixing, interior decorating and wine-tasting.
All of these inspirations, along with a love for the place, the people and their history, have found their way into the books she's written, which have been translated into French, Dutch, German, Norwegian, Italian, Czech, Turkish, Lithuanian and Slovenian.
Fiona now lives in Scotland, but enjoys regular visits to France in search of the sun.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07P2VZ6ZL
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (1 October 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 4810 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 286 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,440 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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While the concentration camp detail is harrowing, and one of the story's threads is about how horrible humans can be to their own kind, then and now, the main takeaway I got from the book was one of love. The sheer volume of love that runs through the intertwining stories is incredible. Not only romantic, but friendships, family, a love of fashion and fabrics and history... and how that love reverberates through time. I am an instant Fiona Valpy fan and will definitely be seeking out her other novels.
She sewed incredible dresses just like the ones made by Mirielle, Vivi and Claire.
The characters in this story felt as if I knew them so closely and even Harriet - a beautiful girl looking for her path in life-to find her grandmother’s life from a photograph was just incredibly precious. I couldn’t put this book down and the memories of my own mother were just so sweet ❤️
The book details the strong bond between friends that develops when you rely on each other in difficult and dangerous times.
I enjoyed this novel. I liked the little delve into the world of French couture but it was the stories of the three friends that kept me invested so much so that often I was in a hurry to return to the alternate chapters detailing the progress of the three young women rather than returning to today.
The novel was well researched covering several areas: French couture, women in the Resistance and intergenerational trauma.
If this genre is your thing then you should enjoy this foray down memory lane.
I'd like to read more from this Author.. .Read and enjoy this book..I did.
Having visited the holocaust museum in Israel
5 years ago and reading the stories of the survivors. This story contained elements of truth which could have been the life of anyone of those who lost their lives or survived during the holocaust. A reminder to anyone who reads this story that such atrocities should never happen again. That humanity can prevail despite such terrible odds is a testament to the courage and resilience of the human spirit. A thought provoking read.
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I have never liked coincidence in books and the first one in this story is the pretty unlikely one, of the Receptionist Sophie, recognising her own grandmother in Harriet’s photo of the 3 seamstresses.
The story continues alternating the wartime and modern tales. The writing is good and the tension done well in the wartime storyline. The present day story is less exciting and Harriet spends a lot of time getting certificates for her grandmother’s marriage and looking up stuff on Google, like work camps. She also muses on her own mental health as her mother committed suicide. She worries about inherited trauma from her Grandmother hard life. I think this was just padding as there was very little of interest in Harriet’s life.
A book of two very uneven halves.