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The Dressmaker's Gift Kindle Edition
A Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Charts bestseller.
From the bestselling author of The Beekeeper’s Promise comes a gripping story of three young women faced with impossible choices. How will history—and their families—judge them?
Paris, 1940. With the city occupied by the Nazis, three young seamstresses go about their normal lives as best they can. But all three are hiding secrets. War-scarred Mireille is fighting with the Resistance; Claire has been seduced by a German officer; and Vivienne’s involvement is something she can’t reveal to either of them.
Two generations later, Claire’s English granddaughter Harriet arrives in Paris, rootless and adrift, desperate to find a connection with her past. Living and working in the same building on the Rue Cardinale, she learns the truth about her grandmother—and herself—and unravels a family history that is darker and more painful than she ever imagined.
In wartime, the three seamstresses face impossible choices when their secret activities put them in grave danger. Brought together by loyalty, threatened by betrayal, can they survive history’s darkest era without being torn apart?
“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
From the Publisher
Set in a war-torn France continually savaged by Nazi soldiers, The Dressmaker’s Gift follows the lives of three young women who work for a Parisian couturier, residing in the attic bedrooms above the shop on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, who lead a parallel existence: designing clothes for wealthy German women, while secretly working with the resistance movement, fiercely determined to do all they can for the freedom of their country. Fiona Valpy masterfully moves between generations to tell a riveting tale of the work of resistance fighters through the eyes of these women, effortlessly creating characters who get under the skin of the reader, sweeping us headlong into their noble acts of defiance.
The secret lives of these brave women are nothing short of extraordinary and utterly inspirational. And such is the research that goes into Fiona’s novels: there is a power in knowing that in writing this book, Fiona is doing justice to the absorbing and amazing stories of so many women, relaying their heroism and the suffering they endured in the search for liberty.
This mesmerizing novel is perfect for book clubs, with the admirable spirit of the French people and their sacrifice sure to leave you enthralled, and in my case, incredibly humbled.
- Sammia Hamer, Editor
- ASIN : B07P2VZ6ZL
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (1 Oct. 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 4937 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 289 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542005132
- Best Sellers Rank: 276 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 June 2020
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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.
An excellent addition to the author's previous novels. I can't wait for the next one !