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Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding
Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding | Jennifer Robson
One of the most anticipated reads from USA Today, InStyle, HelloGiggles, Hypable, Bookbub, and Bookriot!One of Real Simple's Best Historical Fiction novels of the year!"For fans of "The Crown," looking for history served up as intimate drama, and those seeking another angle on royal lives, "The Gown" seems likely to dazzle and delight." - The Washington Post "The Gown is marvelous and moving, a vivid portrait of female self-reliance in a world racked by the cost of war."--Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice NetworkFrom 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."Millions will welcome this joyous event as a flash of color on the long road we have to travel."--Sir Winston Churchill on the news of Princess Elizabeth's forthcoming weddingLondon, 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.
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Erinsuereads
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I had seen the news...I was fine....then I got on litsy. You've all overwhelmed me. What a beautiful woman we have lost today 🇬🇧💂‍♂️👑🖤

Dragon 😢💚🐉 5mo
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BayouGirl85
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The Gown was a great read. A beautifully written historical fiction that grips you from the beginning. My only hang up is the dual timeline. They just aren't for me.

June Book 17/25 #LitsyLove #bookspinbingo

jlhammar I really enjoyed this one! 7mo
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DivineDiana
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This is a photograph of the 1947 wedding gown of Queen Elizabeth.It was hand embroidered with symbolic motifs.This book tell the story of two young women who worked on the embroidery.The design was top secret,and there was a frenzy to discover any information. Behind the scenes look at the world of couture, the healing power of art, and the strength of women‘s friendships. Meticulously researched.
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wen4blu I loved this one! 9mo
DivineDiana @wen4blu I ended up ordering a biography of Norman Hartnell! 😂 (edited) 9mo
jlhammar Gorgeous! I really enjoyed this book. 9mo
DivineDiana @jlhammar As did I! ❤️ 9mo
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DivineDiana
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Current audio. Another IRL BookClub read.

BiblioLitten I liked this one. But it‘s a read, enjoy and forget kind 10mo
DivineDiana @BiblioLitten I actual can appreciate something not too intense right now! 10mo
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jenniferw88
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🎵 Say you'll remember me standing in a nice dress 🎵

#wildestdreams #FearlessFebruary

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RebL
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2021 Book Log Dump
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I did manage to read some good stuff, but also, some glaring garbage—looking at you Leviathan Wakes.

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82 of 2021. This is historical fiction set around the time of WWII and the events surrounding Queen Elizabeth‘s wedding and gown creation. It was a decent read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

#historicalfiction

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Kangaj1
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I finished this tonight and then watched the news report of the death of Prince Philip. Thinking of my UK friends and Litsy folks...

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Joysiam
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Delightful historical fiction. You can practically feel the fabrics described.

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Ncostell
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Although the main characters of this book were fictional, they did allow me a glimpse of the work and detail that went into the creation of Princess Elizabeth‘s wedding gown. Also of interest was this time period following WWII as England was still living through austere times. I could see the wedding being a welcome distraction at the time or a show of extravagance when many were struggling. Altogether it was an interesting read.

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Jas16
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I am glad I chose this book for my Thanksgiving read. The story of of two of the women working on the future queen‘s wedding gown it struck the right balance providing me the lighter read my brain needed but but having enough density to keep me fully engaged. I have liked every one of Robson‘s historical novels I have read and have set another aside for Christmas Eve.

CoverToCoverGirl Great read! 2y
angieinwonderland I just started this book as well. Curious as to which book you set aside for Christmas eve? 2y
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MsMelissa
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Despite what the novel‘s cover might say, this isn‘t really a book about the Queen Elizabeth‘s wedding. It focuses on the lives of two woman (fictional) who worked on her wedding dress. The novel is more about friendship than anything else. It was a nice read, and a definite pick for me, but I didn‘t love this as many others have ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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MsMelissa
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It‘s freezing out, although thankfully it‘s not cold enough to snow quite yet (it‘s coming soon enough though, as we generally start getting flurries around Halloween 🎃 ), so I‘m snuggled up in one of my new chairs with a book and a cup of Just Peachy black tea (we are mug twins @LeahBergen ).

Jennifer Robson‘s books are generally winners for me (some are better than others), so I‘m looking forward to this one.

AkashaVampie Love the mug! Haha 2y
MsMelissa @AkashaVampie Thank you 🦇 2y
JacqMac We are having snow every freakin day. I‘m over it already. 2y
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MsMelissa @JacqMac Are you in Calgary or Edmonton? 2y
JacqMac Calgary. 2y
LeahBergen I love my new mug from you! 😘 2y
MsMelissa @JacqMac then you‘re probably due for some really warm temps soon, right? 2y
Cathythoughts How very cosy 🥰 2y
janeycanuck I just finished this... drove me crazy that I couldn‘t find any good close-up photos of the embroidery. 2y
MsMelissa @janeycanuck I admit to googling pics of the dress to get a closer look, too. Too bad there aren‘t any. 2y
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janeycanuck
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The incredibly frustrating thing about this novel is that there are no good, clear, close-up photos of the embroidery when you Google it! Was this a bit predictable? Yes. Was it still a good read. Yes.

Aims42 I loved this book so much 🥰 I agree with your review 100% 2y
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JenReadsAlot
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This was good. Any other suggestions by this author? #bookspinbingo square @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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LibraryCin
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I really liked this. I wasn‘t sure what I was going to think, as I‘m not much for fashion, so I think if there had been more focus on the gown than there was (and all the details in creating it), I might not have liked it as much. But, I liked all the additional stories of Ann, Miriam, and Heather. Cont in comments...

LibraryCin They all had a romantic interest, and as Miriam got to know Ann better, more of her own past in France was revealed. I did, at one point, stop to look up a photo of the gown itself, and even looked for a video of Princess Elizabeth‘s and Prince Philip‘s wedding. 2y
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Hestapleton
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This was a perfect example of the right book at the right time. It was sweet and romantic and makes me want to learn to embroider. I will always love stories about women being the everyday kind of brave. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Hestapleton
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Vacation is over (😭) but I won‘t lie, I missed my quiet reading time in the morning. I love my hubby, but it‘s so nice to have a little bit of quiet time before the sun comes up with just me, my book, a cup of coffee, and my cat. Anyone else feel the same?

Crazeedi Yep, a perfect way to start each day. I do something similar! 2y
Hestapleton @Crazeedi I‘ve actually preserved my pre-work from home wake up time so that I could use it as morning reading time! Now I get to read for about an hour and half every morning before work instead of just 30 minutes :) 2y
Crazeedi @Hestapleton wonderful 💙 2y
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BlueStockingReviews
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The Gown is captivating from the very first stitch. It‘s a beautiful woven story of dedication, friendship and survival told through the eyes of three compelling women. #thegown #jenniferrobson #bluestockingreviews #readitloveit #findgreatreads https://www.bluestockingreviews.com/post/the-gown

Aims42 I loved this book so much 😍 3y
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Macnjen
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Audiobook. Good story about a friendship and the embroiderers making of Queen's wedding gown. I enjoyed the story, good narration, quickly paced. The narration was pretty good as well. It was fun to look up photos of the actual gown to see if the descriptions were close to what I imagined.

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Beccacraft
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This fun novel about the dressmakers behind Queen Elizabeth‘s wedding gown was easy to read and offered a really neat perspective into the royal world. I loved the depth of the characters and the different points of views. Definitely recommend.

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Wife
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The story follows two women that embroidered Princess Elizabeth‘s wedding gown, and that‘s pretty much it. I was hoping for some input from the princess or more about the gown, but no. It held my interest, but it isn‘t going to be memorable. So it‘s a bit difficult to rate, maybe a so-so pick? 2/5💍s

Wife I found it not realistic that Ann never contacted Miriam after moving to Canada. Close friends would have written a letter here and there. 🤨 3y
Allylu I liked this book, too. I love historical fiction that leads you to look things up and learn more. 3y
Eggs Loved this one!! 3y
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rmaclean4
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Delightful fast read. There are certain troupes and structures to this historical fiction that are over used in the type of book. I still tore through it.

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sb3626
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Just got back into this book. Took a bit of a break to play Animal Crossing. Still really enjoying it. May need to switch around to something else but we will see.

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At the start, I enjoyed this story, but when the love stories took over I got bored. The book is also more about the ficional characters, than about the actual wedding. That actually plays a little part in the whole story. The details about the making of the dress are specially nice if you're interested in clothes/sewing.

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sb3626
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The pup and I our enjoying our night. Really enjoying this book so far it‘s nothing like I expected and It‘s made it all the better.

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Eggs
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Catherine_Willoughby Was Elizabeth's crown made by donations as well as using ration cards to obtain the material needed to make it. Her smile at that time was gorgeous. She looks like my nan . It be a sad day when she does pass . I hope its not for another 10 years ! 3y
Catherine_Willoughby I mean *dress. Autocorret 😔 3y
Eggs @Catherine_Willoughby I think she‘s lived so long bc she had misgivings about Charles being her successor 3y
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Eggs
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OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👑 3y
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Come-read-with-me Have always loved this moment in time! She is always so elegant!!! 3y
Eggs Royalty and their history fascinate me 👸🏻 👑 @Come-read-with-me 3y
Come-read-with-me @Eggs Me too. I‘ve read a lot about Queen Elizabeth - she is a strong person! My favourite fictional account of the Queen is The Uncommon Reader - I‘d like to think she really does visit book mobiles! 3y
Eggs @Come-read-with-me What a life she‘s had! Working with so many PMs through her reign 3y
Come-read-with-me @Eggs she always seems to be so gracious. When I was growing up she visited the city I lived in, and of course everyone went to see her arrive. It was pouring rain and she was riding in an open landau holding a clear plastic bubble umbrella so everyone could still see her and she could wave to us.It is a memory that has stayed with me. 3y
Eggs Oh what a great memory, Paula! Do you watch The Crown on Netflix? @Come-read-with-me 3y
Come-read-with-me @Eggs I haven‘t yet, but I‘ve heard it‘s wonderful! Are you enjoying it? 3y
Eggs Watched season 1 and 2 twice, season 3 once. You may like it!! @Come-read-with-me 3y
Come-read-with-me @Eggs Thanks for the recommendation! 3y
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crhealey
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Disclaimer: I‘m obsessed w/ the royal family & how fundamentally demented the whole institution is so that greatly influences my review. 😂

“The Gown” is really well researched historical fiction & I enjoyed reading it but it never quite lived up to the drama it purports to have on its back cover. None of the women feel fully fleshed out either. But I can‘t commend the author enough for the amount of research this must have taken.

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Victoriahoperose
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I did not think I was going to like this book. I had to read it for a book club and was not looking forward to it, but as soon as I started, I got sucked in and fell in love with the writing and the story that centers around the history of the making of the Queen‘s gown for the royal wedding. It‘s a story about friendship, love, family, history and so much more. I really recommend it even if you don‘t like historical fiction too much, like me!

Readswithcoffee I never would have read this if not for Litsy! I really enjoyed it. 3y
LiteraryinLawrence That‘s really good to know! Thanks! 3y
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Kshakal
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Well folks, I found my first 5⭐️ read of 2020! This book was so beautifully written with characters that were deep and complex at times and flawed and real at others! It really made me think about the people who put the blood, sweat, and tears into histories iconic outfits!! This is a must read for historical fiction fans!

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Aims42
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Welp, one of the silver linings of having the worst part of your cold come on the weekend is that you can start & finish a great book! Aaaagh, I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH ❤️❤️❤️ A wonderfully researched and written book that had me wanting to put it down so I wouldn‘t devour it, BUT wanting to know what happened next. This was my first book from the author, but I‘ll definitely be looking at her other books now. Definitely a 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 read!

AmyG I just loved how this story ended. 3y
Aims42 @AmyG it was a perfect ending, I actually swooned a little lol 3y
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Kshakal
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My current mood...

Ruthiella Totally! 👍 3y
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Aims42
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Chilling at home on this cold & snowy Saturday 🥶 Nursing a sore throat with ‘The Office‘, a new book; “The Gown” and lots of tea 🤧🤓📖 I‘m so ready for a lazy day!!

AmyG Enjoy The Gown...it was good. And feel better. 3y
Aims42 Thanks @AmyG ❤️ 3y
bookandbedandtea A lazy, snowy day sounds wonderful! I'm sorry you have a sore throat though. Feel better! 3y
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Grrlbrarian I‘m sorry about the sore throat 😔 Hope the day is peaceful & happy nonetheless 📚 3y
ljuliel Get well soon. 3y
Aims42 @bookandbedandtea aww thanks! 🥰 3y
Aims42 @Grrlbrarian So far it‘s been nice 👍🏻 Working up my energy to heat up some soup. Today is just what I needed 3y
Aims42 @ljuliel Thank you!! ❤️ 3y
robinb Get well wishes! 💕 3y
Aims42 @robinb thanks so much!!! 3y
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I‘ve been lost in this book all day. The post war details made me feel like I was there. Now I‘m off to google everything I can about the queen‘s wedding dress.

marleed Don‘t you love it when HF has you googling for hours after!? 3y
aroc Same! And then I watched The Crown episode with the wedding! 3y
Bookwormjillk @aroc great idea! 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz I did the same thing after reading too! 3y
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wen4blu
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Up next...The story of the women behind Queen Elizabeth‘s wedding gown.

marleed Beautiful photo and I loved this book. 3y
Reviewsbylola 😍😍😍 3y
Eggs Great book and image!! 3y
CoverToCoverGirl A wonderful read! 3y
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AmyG
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The first half, for me, was a little slow....but the second half was just wonderful. I don‘t know what got into me but I just cried through the ending. Lovely story.

Thank you @erzascarletbookgasm for such a beautiful gift.

Eggs Loved this. 3y
erzascarletbookgasm ❤️🤗 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz Me too! Made me all teary 😢 3y
Sace I've recently started this one and I found myself almost crying from the start. I am really enjoying it. 3y
AmyG @Sace Ha! Wait ‘til the end. Such a lovely story. 3y
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JillR
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I love The Crown and some royal fashion so was looking forward to this story of two seamstresses who worked on the Queen‘s wedding gown. But...hmmm. The story of Miriam, who escaped the Holocaust, is thoughtful, yet overall this is easy reading that drifts into predictable writing too often for me to have loved it. But the wedding dress detail was fascinating and I Googled the wedding photos about a hundred times while reading to spot details👇

JillR And I have to say, the cover? The US version gets the gown itself, but this UK edition 🤷‍♀️. I do judge a book by its cover... 3y
Sace I just put it on hold. It sounds like something I would like. And it had the US cover 😁 3y
JillR @sace the US cover is so much better! Hope you enjoy this one :) 3y
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UnabridgedPod
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Full disclosure: I had put Jennifer Robson's The Gown on hold thinking that it was nonfiction. Huh. It's not. I didn't love it any less, but my expectations *did* shift when I began the book and quickly realized that I was reading historical fiction.⠀

Anyway, I love series like The Crown and Downton Abbey, shows that both delve beneath the glamorous surface of the British monarchic system in one way or the other. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod The Gown does that, as well, with its three distinct protagonists. In this case, for two of the three perspectives it's after the end of World War II in 1947, and England is still recovering. Ann grew up in England and has worked as an embroiderer for eleven years for Norman Hartnell, who often designs for the Queen and her family. Ann, alone except for her widowed sister-in-law, takes joy in the creativity and satisfaction of her job, ⬇️ 3y
UnabridgedPod feeling as if she is contributing meaningfully to her society. The second point of view comes from Miriam Dassin, an immigrant from France who is still recovering from her time in a concentration camp and the loss of her entire family. Finally, in the modern day, there is Heather, a journalist who is grieving the loss of her grandmother, a woman she realizes had a mysterious past.⠀⬇️ 3y
UnabridgedPod This was a quick read for me, and I really appreciated the new angles that Robson offers: I've never thought about the people who make the dresses that make the upper class look so glamorous, so reading about their back stories was fascinating. I also liked the way that the three alternating perspectives created a sense of mystery around the connection between the three woman. ⬇️ 3y
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UnabridgedPod And reading about recovery from World War II rather than about the war itself meant that my WWII fatigue wasn't triggered. Great historical read.⠀

Side note: I couldn't resist photographing this lovely book beside one of my own wedding photos, so you can see Kirk and me in July 2004--we were babies! (Okay, not really, but it seems like that now.)
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AmyG I just started this., ha...because reading 3 other books wasn‘t enough. The 1947 parts have a real The Crown feel to it. I am only 50 pages in, but really enjoying it. (edited) 3y
UnabridgedPod @AmyG Definitely!! What else are you reading? 3y
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Readswithcoffee
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I appreciate the unique premise of this book. This post-WWII historical fiction novel tells the story of two women who helped create the wedding gown worn by Princess Elizabeth in 1947.

Jaimelire I really enjoyed this one. 3y
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UnabridgedPod
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It's a bit of a dreary day here in Virginia, so the brightness of my burning bush is so, so welcome. (These shrubs always make me (Jen) think of my grandma, who we called Beulah B. They were one of her favorite plants.)⠀

Anyway, I'm thrilled to begin Jennifer Robson's The Gown today--so far, it's really compelling. What are you reading this weekend?

marleed This is a great book for thinking of grandmas! 3y
Cinfhen Beautiful shrub and I‘m curious about this book!! Thinking of it would make for a good bookclub choice??? 3y
UnabridgedPod @marleed You are so right! ❤️ 3y
UnabridgedPod @Cinfhen Thank you! I‘m still pretty early—not even page 100—but I do think it might be a good book for discussion. 3y
Cinfhen Thanks!! I‘ll watch for your final review 3y
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AmyG
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@erzascarletbookgasm Jessie It‘s here! Thank you so so much for thinking of me on my birthday. I am quite excited to read this even more...as it says “perfect for fans of The Crown” which is a huge favorite. You are so sweet. 😘😘😘

CoverToCoverGirl Great book! 👑 3y
Soubhiville Hi Hilly! 3y
AmyG 😹 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Yay! 👏❤️ Hope you‘ll enjoy it! 😘 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz Oooh! A different cover! I really enjoyed this book :) 3y
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Really enjoyed the book. Liked how the author weaved in fact and fiction and she did get in touch with a woman who had worked on the gown. 4⭐️ #2019 #bookreview #book50 #bookstagram

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Rebesta
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This appeared to be all about fashion from the cover, but it‘s much more than that. It‘s a story about women‘s strength in the face of extreme adversity. It‘s about love and friendships that transcend wars and time embroidered on the tapestry of life through the generations. I enjoyed this one.

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“Enemy silkworms” 😂 Making future-Queen Elizabeth‘s wedding dress sounds like a nightmare of details! 😂

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Carleneishere
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I‘ve been reading romances almost exclusively for months, so this is my attempt to wean myself off and get back to reading a wider range of genres. Liking it so far, and it‘s helped inspire me to get back to embroidery!