The Gown

The Gown

eBook - 2018
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Nov 10, 2019

I found it interesting and easy to read. OPL patrons please stop eating over books. It is disgusting what I have picked out of and off on pages. For the love of books, get some bookmarks, and stop dog earing books. This copy in particular had a lot of "corrections" in it. A patron saw fit to correct the grammar, and language use. Please stop.

Oct 13, 2019

A pleasant and interesting read. My only complaint is that I thought the characters lacked depth but it didn't stop me from enjoying it. I would recommend this to anyone who loves light historical fiction. Lots of interesting historical moments in this one.

Oct 02, 2019

I found it a very pleasant and informative read.

Sep 22, 2019

This book is well written, with believable dialogue and a range of likeable characters clearly defined. Although the background story of working on the wedding dress was interesting, the story of the relationship between the two women was not sufficient to carry all the way through the book. Their was a lot of 'fluff', a lot of words just filling space. IOTB

Sep 09, 2019

***Trigger Warning***
I really wanted to read about the sewing and embroidery processes of creating HRH's wedding gown, but the book is almost exclusively about completely fictional people. Despite my disappointment, the book is well-written, if a bit disjointed with the time period jumps. But, what absolutely ruined the book experience for me is the rape scene near the end of the book. While it worked into the story, it's highly graphic description was unnecessary and gave me nightmares. If I knew about this scene, I would not have read the book and protected my mental and emotional health.

Sep 03, 2019

Well developed characters and well researched for the historical fiction reader. The love story could appeal to those who might not traditionally read historical fiction.

Aug 13, 2019

Wonderful book. This one has me hooked on Jennifer Robson.

Aug 02, 2019

Excellent read! Loved the characters and the storyline ....this will stay with me for awhile!

Aug 01, 2019

I listened to the audio version of the book narrated by Marisa Calin.
This is a amazing book. Although it says it is a novel of the Royal Wedding, but it really wasn't. It was about two of the women who worked on the gown--their pasts, their hardships, their support of each other and yes, their embroidery talents that were used on the wedding gown of Princess Elizabeth. It takes place in two different time frames. One is 1947 and the other is in 2016, the time period of the two women's grandchildren.
It is a story of secrets, love and resilience. It is an emotional read that captures your attention and doesn't turn you loose until the very end. A truly magnificent read!

Aug 01, 2019

Great research on designing and sewing wedding dresses for the Royals.

Jul 29, 2019

I really enjoyed this book. Interesting story about historical period and women who were professional embroiderers. Had a good ending too.

Jul 15, 2019

I loved the book. The characters were believable and I could see them in my mind. The story moved quickly with enough detail to allow the reader to share the experience. It took place essentially during my lifetime which may have been part of the appeal. My first adoptive parents were British and some of my earliest memories are a scrapbook of pictures of Princess Elizabeth the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles and Princess Anne . Now I will have to read more of MS Robeson's books and hope they are as compelling.

Jun 22, 2019

2018; William Morrow Paperbacks/HarperCollins Canada
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This is my first novel by Jennifer Robson, although I have read her novella/short story in the Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War. So going in I was expecting a bit of love and war and Robson does not disappoint. The novel weaves from present day, 2016 to 1947 with three main characters. We have Ann and Miriam in 1947, having survived the war in London and France, the two women now work at the famed Mayfair fashion house of Norman Hartnell – designer to the British Royalty. As they work on Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown, the two women become closer friends. In 2016, we have Heather who has been let go from her job and decides to use her time to uncover her grandmother’s past. I found the historical story more interesting and found myself reading the present day quickly to get back to 1947 and then take my time. I loved the descriptions of the clothes of the time, and with the historical events, mixed with fictional characters. Miriam and Ann’s past stories with their “romances” make the story come alive and really sucks the readers into their lives. This was one of my last books of 2018, and it was one I read I stayed up to finish in one sitting!

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

Jun 12, 2019

A behind-the-scenes story of the creation of Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown in 1947 austerity Britain told through the eyes of two embroiderers and a grand-daughter of one of them in 2016.

Have enjoyed other of Jennifer Hobson’s page-turning historical fiction and this is no different. Her blending of fact and fiction seems true to the times; although some of the latter day plot stretched my credibility. Good companion for watchers of Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ and those who never tire of a royal wedding!

Apr 22, 2019

Interesting book about behind the scenes making of Princess Elizabeths's wedding gown after WW2. I don't think people realize how long it took England to recover from the war, how long people there still had rationed food, low wages, poverty and shortage of housing from the Blitz, not to mention losses of another generation of soldiers so soon after WW1. I enjoy reading anything by this author. I wonder why so many novels have unwed mothers?

Apr 17, 2019

4 1/2 - 5 star read. To be upfront about it, I have read all of Robson's books and really like them. But this was by far the best so far. Robson takes us inside the fashion house of Norman Hartnell. We meet a lovely group of seamstresses and embroiderers and share their excitement when the house wins the commission to make the wedding dress of Princess Elizabeth for her wedding to Philip Mountbatten. Two of the young women are the focus of the book, Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, two top embroiderers in the house. Ann is a local girl and Miriam is a refugee from WW II occupied France. We learn about their experiences of war time and living in the ration and austerity filled time after the War. We also meet, Heather who lives in present day Toronto and is very close to her Nan. When her Nan dies, she leaves some exquisite embroideries for Heather and Heather ends up going to London looking for clues to her Nan's very secretive past. This was such a wonderful read. Robson has a gift for immersing the reader in her characters and their lives and this was no exception. I loved it.

Mar 08, 2019

A captivating but fictional account of the lives of the ladies who embroidered the Queen's dress and train in post war London. Alternating between 1947 London and present day Toronto, it is the story of a granddaughter's search to learn more about the life of her Nan who was born in Britain and worked for the dressmaker to the Queen. It's such a lovely story, the only disappointment is to realize the characters are not real.

Mar 03, 2019

This was an enjoyable read. My first Jennifer Robson book, and it did not disappoint. Great characters in all three storylines; Ann and Miriam were particularly compelling. A couple of mysteries that were pieced together nicely, and a satisfying ending.

Mar 02, 2019

I really thought there would be a lot of historical points of interest in this book, but it is a romance novel and not at all what I was hoping for. There are some touching moments between Ann and Miriam but the rest is entirely predictable and could have taken place in any setting. Overall, I was disappointed in this book.

Feb 21, 2019

While Jennifer Robson's writing is good, this story is very predictable in its story lines. Especially if you are a fan and have read, books that go between the past and present. Overall a good book, but could have been a lot more interesting.

Jan 29, 2019

Historical fiction with characters that I wanted to befriend-a great story. Couldn’t wait to get back to it each time I put it down!

Jan 26, 2019

Really enjoyed this book, the first I've read by this author.
It seems a shame that with all the hours of work that goes into this wedding gown, it's only worn for a few hours and then put away where no one can see it until it's put on exhibition many decades later.

Jan 12, 2019

No waiting for the book if you a Hoopla user. The E-book and E-Audio available for immediate borrowing. What a great service!!

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 29, 2018

The problem with novels that employ the dual time frame technique is that I almost always find the historical narrative to be vastly more compelling than the contemporary one. That is undeniably the case here as well, but Robson does better than most authors at making the story line in the present feel necessary in terms of tying up loose ends from the historical story line, and the rest of the book is compelling enough to compensate for any times I felt antsy reading the 2016-set chapters. If you've ever oohed and aahed over a royal wedding dress (haven't we all? just this year, in fact?) then you'll probably enjoy this fictionalized glimpse at the lives of the women responsible for creating one. I've read other books by Robson, but I think this is unquestionably her strongest novel yet.

Dec 04, 2018

If there were ever a wedding dress to base a book upon, this is the one. What an incredible triumph of artistry. With plot threads from the past and the present, we have a front row seat to the incredible detail work that went into embellishing Princess Elizabeth's gown in 1947. The present day POV shows us the granddaughter(Heather) of one of the embroiderers (Ann) discovering her grandmother's work and connecting with another artist(Miriam) who worked on the dress. Miriam is a Jew who emigrated to London from France after the war and her suffering is worked out in beautiful ways beyond the gown. Now I need to watch the wedding episode of "The Crown" again to really appreciate the expertise highlighted in this novel.

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