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!
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!
A mystery left for a granddaughter to uncover, a royal wedding, fashion, and a long ago friendship are just a few of the things you‘ll find in this delicious historical fiction. Full review at https://booknaround.blogspot.com/2019/01/review-gown-by-jennifer-robson.html
Book mail! And only one is actually for me. 😁 I love buying books for people.
5 STARS - You guuuys!! *sigh* I luurved this book! .
The Gown by Canadian author Jennifer Robson easily deserves all of the praise & hype surrounding it. This is a beautiful story about resilience, love and the enduring power of true friendship. A great pick for book clubs and not just for fans of Historical Fiction and the royal family. .
My full review: http://thebakingbookworm.blogspot.com/2019/02/the-gown.html?m=1
I finished this book last night and absolutely adored it. The Gown tells the story of Ann and Miriam who are seamstresses in post World War II England. They work for Hartnell, a designer, who created Queen Elizabeth‘s wedding dress (and coronation gown.) This also tells the story of Ann‘s granddaughter, Heather as she strives to learn more about Ann and her life in England. Such a good read! This book has friendship, love, and a beautiful gown.
It‘s no secret that I really enjoyed this one. It has all the things I love in a good story. I also found myself googling a lot, to see what might be true and what might be fiction. I was hoping Miriam was a real person. Not a full 5🌟, but it came really close. I had a big Ann question that wasn‘t answered.
Treating myself to some carbs for lunch. I also picked up some #readathon snacks. And I bought this cute little basil plant at the science fair. It looks a little hungry for sunlight. Just like me. lol Back into the #24B4Monday I‘m hoping to finish this book this afternoon.
I enjoyed this fictional account of the women who made Queen (then Princess) Elizabeth's wedding gown. The storyline is a little predictable, and I could have done without one of the plot points, but I enjoyed the story. I loved the friendship between Miriam and Ann. Miriam especially seemed very real to me, so much that I searched to see if she was based on a real person! I wanted her to be real. Alas, she is fictional! #PopSugar19