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The Paris Seamstress
The Paris Seamstress | Natasha Lester
How much will a young Parisian seamstress sacrifice to make her mark in the male-dominated world of 1940s New York fashion? From the bestselling author of A KISS FROM MR FITZGERALD and HER MOTHER'S SECRET. 1940. Parisian seamstress Estella Bissette is forced to flee France as the Germans advance. She is bound for Manhattan with a few francs, one suitcase, her sewing machine and a dream: to have her own atelier. 2015. Australian curator Fabienne Bissette journeys to the annual Met Gala for an exhibition of her beloved grandmother's work - one of the world's leading designers of ready-to-wear. But as Fabienne learns more about her grandmother's past, she uncovers a story of tragedy, heartbreak and secrets - and the sacrifices made for love. Crossing generations, society's boundaries and international turmoil, THE PARIS SEAMSTRESS is the beguiling, transporting story of the special relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter as they attempt to heal the heartache of the past. Praise for Natasha Lester: '[Lester's] engaging writing style and ability to create characters that connect with readers make her a welcome addition to the historical fiction market.' Herald Sun 'If you enjoy historical fiction (and even if you don't) you will love this book' SALLY HEPWORTH 'Hot on the heels of her well-deserved success with A Kiss from Mr. Fitzgerald, [Lester] again offers readers a strong-willed, determined heroine whose journey is as interesting, as it is inspiring' JODI GIBSON 'I love this book' RACHAEL JOHNS 'Stunning. Will have you captivated' LIZ BYRSKI 'Fascinating, evocative and meticulously researched.' ANNABEL ABBS, author of The Joyce Girl 'If you're mad about the roaring twenties and all things Gatsby, this romance will have you enchanted' Woman's Day 'At the novel's heart is the sparkling Evie, an endearing combination of intelligence, determination and naivety' West Australian
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SassyBookworm
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Finished this wonderful book late last night. I wasn‘t sure that I would really like it as it didn‘t grab me right at first. But when it did I was hooked! Just a beautiful story set in WWII but not really about the war, more about the characters and how past issues can effect them throughout life and effect others. Beautifully written with characters you fall in love with. Great historical fiction!

#SassyBookworm😏 #HistoricalFiction #Libby

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SassyBookworm
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I was hoping to already have this book finished but my minor surgery really messed me up. I‘ve never had trouble with anesthesia before but this time I was extremely sick coming out of it. To make matters worse my tongue had gotten stuck between the breathing tube & my teeth so my tongue is (still) swollen, it should be better soon. Hopefully now that the dizziness is mostly gone I can read a bit instead of sleeping all the time.

SassyBookworm My corn bag which is a homemade heating pad has become my new best friend. 6mo
RealLifeReading Hope you feel better soon ❤️ 6mo
rather_be_reading oh no. sending u good vibes 6mo
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TheDaysGoBy Sorry you had so much trouble! After all my vertigo trouble last year, I‘ve nothing but sympathy for people dealing with dizziness. Glad you‘re starting to feel better! 6mo
cathipink Hugs - feel better soon! Get some good rest 💗 6mo
Velvetfur Oh nooo, sorry to hear about your surgery and the effect of the anaesthetic, I was dizzy and throwing up after it too so I know exactly what you mean, you have my full sympathy xxx I hope your tongue un-swells quickly too! 💜 6mo
mellissimo I hope you feel better soon! 💛 6mo
Bookwomble I hope you're feeling more comfortable soon 💗 6mo
irre Feel better 💕 6mo
mabell I hope you feel better soon! Your heating pad sounds neat! 6mo
SassyBookworm @RealLifeReading @rather_be_reading @TheDaysGoBy @cathipink @Velvetfur @mellissimo @Bookwomble @irre Thank you all so much! I am still working on getting to 100% so I‘ve taken the day off work tomorrow to better rest myself. @mabell thank you! My corn bag was a gift from a friend it‘s wonderful! Uses feed corn so you can heat/cool it and take it anywhere! 6mo
UwannaPublishme Hope you‘re feeling better! 💕 5mo
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SassyBookworm
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Going to have some minor surgery today. But of course it‘s always a waiting game. So hoping to finish this one up!

#SassyBookworm😏 #TheParisSeamstress #HistoricalFiction

GlassAsDiamonds Good luck! Hope it all goes smoothly (and that you finish happily at home with a blankie and a cup of tea). 😊😊😊 6mo
litenthusiast Sending you healing wishes.💜 Keeping you in my thoughts. 6mo
TheDaysGoBy Good luck! 6mo
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sparrowssavvy Good luck!! 6mo
Eggs May your healing be swift 💗🌺 6mo
mariaku21 Good luck and swift recovery! 6mo
robinb 🙏🙏🤗🤗 6mo
SW-T Good luck and a swift and smooth recovery! 💐 6mo
JoScho Sending love 💕 6mo
Gissy Get well soon! ❤️ 6mo
Jas16 Wishing you a speedy recovery 6mo
SassyBookworm @GlassAsDiamonds @litenthusiast @TheDaysGoBy @sparrowssavvy @Eggs @mariaku21 @robinb @SW-T @JoScho @Gissy @Jas16 Thank you all for the well wishes! I had a horrible time coming out of anesthesia, I was in the hospital 5-6 hours longer than normal bc I was so sick. Plus my tongue had gotten pinned between the breathing tube & my teeth during surgery so it‘s very swollen. Not the speedy recovery I had hoped for 🤕 nor have I felt well enough to read 6mo
Gissy So glad that you feel better! ❣️ 6mo
SassyBookworm @Gissy thank you! Slowly getting there ☺️ 6mo
sparrowssavvy Oh no! That‘s terrible! I really hope you feel better soon! 6mo
SW-T Hope you feel better soon! 6mo
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SassyBookworm
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Reading by candlelight 🕯 because we had a terrible storm go through our area and have been without power for over 5 hours now! Luckily the rain has cooled things off a bit and we can open the windows! Hopefully our power will be restored soon!

#SassyBookworm😏 #NoElectricity #QuiteReadingTime #SummerStorms

Leftcoastzen Hope things go well! 6mo
rwmg I hope power is restored before your reader needs recharging 6mo
SassyBookworm @Leftcoastzen thank you! @rwmg it‘s at 52% and it‘s still on my first charge from where I bought it a few weeks ago before we went on vacation! I love my kindle paperwhite! 🤓 6mo
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LogiKitty I wish you well! 6mo
Megabooks Hope it gets restored soon! 6mo
SassyBookworm @LogiKitty @Megabooks Thank you! We got our electricity back on about 2.5 after I made this post! I was reading when it came back on! 6mo
Bindrosbookshelf I love Natasha Lester but my favourite of hers would be 6mo
SassyBookworm @Bindrosbookshelf thank you!!! I‘ve added this to my TBR list!!! 6mo
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hdhubbard
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9/10 Great read, characters are likeable and interesting. What starts as a idyllic picture of life in early WWII era Paris, takes an unexpected dive into American fashion in New York. Some of the time jumps between early 1940's and modern day can be confusing, but in the long run it all makes sense.

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Raemorales
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The premise had me all in, 1940‘s so much yes! I think for me I was hoping for more then just a fashion book. It was ok but it left me wanting something a little bit more.

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What captured my interest was twofold. The historical fiction piece was well researched and powerful. The other part of this story which resonated with me were the relationships. There was a huge amount of drama that went along with the MC‘s in this story as well as secrets that were steeped in heartache and misery. To soften the story there was romance & I found it a bit fanciful. Full review at www.thegenreminx.com #TheGenreMinxBookReviews

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LibraryCin
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I really liked this. I got caught up in it early on, and I was kept wanting to read to find out. I don‘t feel like there were many twists, but I thought the secrets were unraveled very nicely. One thing that did come as a surprise to me was in the author‘s note about what events were historically true

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Book, choc chip cookie, and caramel brownie flavoured tea. Bliss!

Louise How is the book? Great title! 2y
KerriNTurner @Louise I‘m not very far in yet, but it‘s great so far. Have heard very good things about it too! 2y
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Louise Great. I'll add it to my TBR. Thanks! 2y
KerriNTurner @Louise I‘ll post a review on here when I‘m done too 😊 2y
Louise Great! 👍 2y
Louise I've just realized all my comments on this thread say "great!". Perhaps I should expand my vocabulary of exuberance! ??? 2y
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margreads
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Occasionally I work in our office that is really close to home, and close to a bookshop. Depending on your perspective that could be seen as a blessing or a too hard to resist curse

Here's today's purchase

#aussieauthor

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ARC from Netgalley

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4ravens
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There is no doubt that I am a fan of Natasha's writing, her strong female characters who face hardships and obstacles with grace and determination. 5⭐️

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4ravens
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Looking forward to the long weekend and reading Estella's story.