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The Dressmaker's Gift by [Fiona Valpy]

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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

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I’ve read many books about the courage displayed during World War Two, but nothing has quite captivated my attention like The Dressmaker’s Gift. If you’re looking for an immersive historical drama focusing on the selfless actions women took, doing whatever they could do to help in the war effort, look no further.

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

Product details

  • 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
  • Customer reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,868 ratings

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Fiona is an acclaimed number 1 bestselling author, whose books have been translated into more than twenty different languages worldwide.

She draws inspiration from the stories of strong women, especially during the years of World War II. Her meticulous historical research enriches her writing with an evocative sense of time and place.

She spent seven years living in France, having moved there from the UK in 2007, before returning to live in Scotland. Her love for both of these countries, their people and their histories, has found its way into the books she’s written.

Fiona says, "To be the first to hear about my NEW releases, please visit my website at and subscribe to the mailing list. I promise not to share your e-mail and I'll only contact you when a new book is out."

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