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The Gown

The Gown, January 2019
by Jennifer Robson

William Morrow Paperbacks
400 pages
ISBN: 0062674951
EAN: 9780062674951
Kindle: B071JLP5Z7
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"An inside look at the wedding that started the fanatical interest in the royal family..."

Fresh Fiction Review

The Gown
Jennifer Robson

Reviewed by Patti Loveday
Posted December 13, 2018

Women's Fiction Time Slip | Historical

THE GOWN by Jennifer Robson is a lovely book that is so much more than just about wedding gowns. There is a story behind the gowns about the people who design and create these masterpieces. Robson shares a behind the scene story about the wedding gown worn by Princess Elizabeth in 1947, the friendship between two women who helped to make the dress, and how their friendship helped them both survive.

The war is over, but there are still food and coal shortages, and the entire country is still dealing with the side effects of war. The hardships that people are facing at this time are unimaginative. But despite the desperate times, a royal wedding is in the making, that will hopefully boost the spirit of the people and give them hope for the future.

Ann and Miriam quickly become friends while working as embroiderers at the same fashion house. They are both chosen to embroider the wedding gown which is a great honor in their dreary lives. The wedding was very exciting for the British - it represented Britain coming out of the bad years of the war. It provided hope to the people that a bright future is on the horizon.

Next, readers are taken to modern-day Canada, when a beloved grandmother dies and leaves her granddaughter, Heather, some embroidered flowers. Heather wonders about her grandmother's life in England and decides to investigate. Heather discovers a story of love and the fear of the unknown. As Heather learns more about her grandmother's work on the royal wedding dress, she meets an artist who knew her grandmother and shares a past with her...

Robson writes a lovely story that is heartfelt and at times a tear jerker. She has done her research and it shows on each page you read. An interesting story about a topic that many never given much thought to - the amount of work that could go into a wedding gown. THE GOWN is a wonderfully written historical fiction that is captivating. An intriguing inside look that sheds lights on the wedding that started the fanatical interest in the royal family.

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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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2 comments posted.

Re: An inside look at the wedding that started the fanatical interest in the royal family...

It is a great read and really gives you a very authentic
view of the times. Very well researched, Can see why it
is getting such rave reviews!
(Audrey Lawrence 8:22pm January 13)

Oh man! This sounds fascinating! Thanks for the introduction
and review! And thanks, Audrey, for your comment!
Kathleen Bylsma 3:42pm January 25)

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