Half way through. Fantastic historical fiction. Great read for those who love history, particularly the royal family, and vintage clothing! 📖
One of the best historical fiction novels I have read in awhile.
Solid 4.5⭐ for this beautiful story of true friendship, an uplifting and very realistic story of the post war years with an exquisite writing style and great research done. I love this story and I really recommend it, add it to your TBR!
I‘m starting out the month of July with a new teacup and a new book! The 4th of July holiday is this week, and it always signifies the midpoint of summer to me, eek! I‘ll be madly dashing to mark off a few more items on my summer bucket list. A camping trip, s‘mores, star gazing, wild swimming and watching fireworks are just a few I hope to complete this month. Do you keep a seasonal bucket list?
Lucky enough to read 29 books in the month June. The above are my highest rated. The tagged book was my favorite read this month.
To see everything I read with their rating check out: https://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/06/30/june-book-round-up/
I always love when the end of the month falls on a weekend. It gives me a chance to wrap up a few projects, to do‘s and books that have lingered to the end of the month. The last few months I‘ve been carrying over into the new month, which has thrown me off a bit. So, this June, I‘ve been committed to completing and marking off, so I can start July with a clean slate. Any one else like to do the same?
I loved this book! I wasn‘t sure I was even going to read it, initially, because I was afraid it was a typical WWII era book and a romance, to boot. I couldn‘t have been more wrong. It is neither of these things. It is the best of historical fiction about a unique event and the effect it had on many, but specifically, two, people. It is about the postwar and deprivation and hope and family and friends and love and industry and art. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This book hit all my buttons - historical fiction, female friendships, transcending decades, and the Royals. The story follows Ann and Miriam, embroiderers who worked on the wedding dress for the current Queen Elizabeth. Ann‘s granddaughter begins a quest to piece together things of her Nan‘s that don‘t make sense and a beautiful story of friendship and survival unfold.
I really enjoyed the June #mmdbookclub pick! The story was told from the perspective of three women: two of them worked on Queen (then Princess) Elizabeth‘s wedding gown, and the other is the granddaughter of one of the women. The book was about the royal wedding, but it was more about the lives of people in Britain after WWII. I enjoyed the story and all the little details thrown in that made my history nerd‘s heart happy. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
I have no idea what Jennifer Robson is pulling here — obviously there is some kind of powerful sorcery involved. I do not like stories about the “Royals”. I do not like stories about fashion or fashion design. I‘m not even a big fan of World War II books. So, what Robson has done is clearly magical. She has tricked me into adoring a book that by all rights I should have had no interest in. But, I did in fact LOVE this book.
If you like historical fiction (👍) and you like wedding gowns (👍), then I think you‘ll like this book. This story is told in three different strands from three different women. Robson‘s ability to interweave the three strands of the novel was excellent. I enjoyed learning more about the dress and the significance of this royal wedding to Britain. Great book and outstanding #mmdbookclub pick.
This was my second attempt at reading this book and I am so glad I picked it up as this was absolutely gorgeous and is definitely going down as one of my favorite reads of this year. What an utterly gut-wrenching story that centers around 3 women. Two of them had hands in embroidering Princess Elizabeth‘s gown and the third the granddaughter of one of these women. It was completely engrossing and I did not want to put down.
I was completely wrapped up in this. It's of a snapshot in time I didn't know much about. Many books address aspects of the war itself but this glimpse into London life a few years after WWII was eye opening and so interesting. Despite the cover claim that this is about the royal wedding it's really about the mostly unknown women who created the gown- their struggles, triumphs, relationships, and determination.
Laughing about the fact that Amazon sent their Sunday Kindle deals out on Friday.
There‘s some good ones folks. Check them out.
Being a woman who sews and embroiders, not with the talent of these women, this book interested me a lot. It makes me sad to think that the women who did actually sew and embroider Queen Elizabeth‘s wedding gown didn‘t get more credit it for it. The stories of these two women‘s lives are quite interesting. I liked this book very much.
Celebrating #MothersDay with my mom & honoring her mother with this dedication from Robson's The Gown. Pic of my gram (b.1890) also "an immigrant, a seamstress, and a most beloved grandmother." Loving this multigenerational story of a granddaughter discovering her Nan's past as a seamstress who embroidered Elizabeth II's wedding gown. And my sis-in-law (a Hartnell) is related to the designer! #ImmigrantSong #MayMovieMagic @cinfhen @rohit-sawant
I wasn't too sure about this one. I thought it might be too "royal family" for me, but I took a chance when it came up as an Amazon deal one day and I'm glad I did
It is really not about the royal family at all but, rather, two women who worked on the royal wedding dress and one of their granddaughters who is trying to put the pieces of their story together.
There was a little bit of mystery, a bit of romance, history, and a shocking scene.
For whatever reason I had some trouble initially connecting with this story and had to put it down and pick it back up between other reads a couple of times. I ended up really enjoying the sort of “behind the scenes” view of the intricacies of embroidery and what it takes to make these gorgeous gowns, as well as the madness that surrounded the royal wedding. Not my favorite historical fiction book but still a very interesting perspective. 🌟🌟🌟
I loved this book! Told from the viewpoint of 3 different women spanning generations, it's a story of war, love, loss, family, friendship, and discovery. When I read books with varying viewpoints, I'm not always interested in each one - I'm eager to get to the one I like. Not in The Gown. Each character is so wonderful in her own right I wanted to soak in every word of each story.
My letter G book for #LitsyAtoZ2019
Lovely tale covering three women, friendship, love, loss and resilience. Heather's much loved late Grandmother leaves her a box of intricatly embroidered samples that have a connection to the royal family. She sets off to learn more about her "Nan" and her secretive past. Well written historical fiction. timeline jumps connect post WW2 and present day. Great characters. I really enjoyed this one. ?????
5 ☆ A beautifully told story spanning two countries-two timelines. Ann + Miriam are embroiderers commissioned to make Princess Elizabeth‘s wedding dress. Decades later Heather‘s beloved grandmother upon her sudden death has left her a box. Riddled with mystery she delves into her grandmother‘s unknown past. The story is not so much about the dress, but the hard conditions they endured right after the war and the joy they found in their work. ❤️
Well done, author Robson! Well researched to reflect not only the design and construction of the princess‘s wedding gown, but the fragile morale and economy of post ww2 England. The notes, recipe, acknowledgements, and bibliography entries were worth reading as well. @whatshesreadingnow
I enjoyed this historical fiction following the women responsible for the making of Queen Elizabeth's wedding dress back in 1947. Following the lives of two women who work next to each other embroidering the beauty of the gown together, it shows their lives and the love they have each for other and how a friendship can span decades, no matter the curcumstances. The only downside was the current day storyline felt unnecessary and detracted a bit.
This wonderfully written #book about all the behind the scene workers that made it possible for Queen Elizabeth II to look so regal and majestic is well — wonderful. This book meanders along delightfully for the most part, although is really does have several very dark moments, that are handled realistically along side of being well written. Royalty and #historicalfiction fans will find it engaging as well as informative.
My fav four! An appropriate (very good) #book to be reading for me! Both these lovely ladies — my very soon to be daughter-in-laws — have said yes to the dress! 👰🏻👰🏻
This wonderful picture was snapped this morning at our local maple sugar woods pancake breakfast! It was a perfect day for it!
Apart from THE gown, this book portrays the beautiful friendship between Miriam And Ann. It‘s a bond built on trust, understanding, and mutual admiration. They encourage each other to do the best, even in the worst of times. It tells us that distances don‘t matter between friends. I really enjoyed reading this. #bestbookfriendship #literaryluck #historicalfiction #royalty #londoncalling #canada
Being that I don‘t seem to be reading very quickly lately I highly doubt I‘ll get through even half this stack in March. However I‘ll give it the ol college try 😆! I‘m already about half way through the tagged book and will at least be starting the Thorn Birds as it‘s my book club‘s April pick. Past that I REALLY hope to get to Pet Sematary before the movie comes out in April and The Night Olivia Fell!