The Gown

The Gown

eBook - 2018
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One of December's most anticipated reads from InStyle, HelloGiggles, Hypable, Bookbub, and Bookriot! One of Real Simple's Best Historical Fiction novels of 2018! 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. 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers, 2018.
ISBN: 9780062674968
006267496X
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
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wilbertjack
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.

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becker
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.

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2303tes
Oct 02, 2019

I found it a very pleasant and informative read.

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Suellen1111
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

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Keverwann
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.

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2_Scotties
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.

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firefly5
Aug 13, 2019

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

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MrsZimmLovesBooks
Aug 02, 2019

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

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TLCMom582
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!

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rpinkoski
Aug 01, 2019

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

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