The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Let me start by saying this book is amazing and deserves all the accolades it is receiving. This is the story of Ann and Miriam in 1947 post war London and Heather in 2016 in Canada. The plight and hardships of the citizens of London, after the war, are highlighted. The descriptions are so vivid you can feel the hunger and the cold, as food, like many things, in London at this time are rationed. Ann and Miriam form a friendship while working at Mr Hartnell’s fashion house. They are both senior embroiderers and have worked on many of the designs worn by the wealthiest women. As the engagement of Princess Elizabeth is announced there is much excitement and speculation as to who will design her dress. Mr Hartnell and his staff are overjoyed to find out they have been chosen to design the dresses for Princess Elizabeth, her wedding party, as well as the Queen. Ann and Miriam have been given the task as the main embroiderers for Princess Elizabeth’s dress. We also learn about Ann and Miriam’s private lives and friendships. Miriam enters in a relationship with a wonderful man whereas Ann is equally besotted with her new beau. Unfortunately things in Ann’s relationship take a terrible turn and after finishing the dress she decides to follow her sister-in-law to Canada where she had recently moved. This is where Heather comes into the story as she is the granddaughter of Ann. Ann has recently passed away and Heather realizes there were many aspects of her grandmother’s life she has no knowledge of. Heather takes a trip to London to fill in the blanks and this brings the story full ciricle. This book is beautifully told and a joy to read. If you enjoy historical fiction you will love this book. Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for this free book for review.
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