The Gown A Novel of the Royal Wedding From 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

  • Title: The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding
  • Author: Jennifer Robson
  • ISBN: 0062674951
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Paperback
  • From 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 From 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store CAOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 371 pages Published December 31st 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks More Details ISBN 0062674951 ISBN13 9780062674951 Other Editions 13 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Gown, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Is there any news about this book I am looking forward to reading the next one in the 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because it was my first time winning a giveaway So that definitely did get factored into my rating I m just being honest It felt good to win a free book that I was actually really interested in reading I, like a lot o I won The Gown in a giveaway 4.5 StarsI m going to be perfectly honest with you The Gown is a great book and I loved it for its entertainment value Its a beautifully written story and the characters are so alive that they just suck you in.But I also loved this book because it was my first time winning a giveaway So that definitely did get factored into my rating I m just being honest It felt good to win a free book that I was actually really interested in reading I, like a lot of Americans woke up at an unreasonable hour 4AM to watch The Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle I m not a huge fan of the Royal family but I have become way interest in them this year between the wedding and the tv show The Crown So when I saw this was up for a giveaway I immediately entered to win it, never actually expecting to win it But I Did Haters The Gown is my favorite kind of Historical Fiction, the kind that mixes real people with fictional characters The Gown reminded me a lot of a Beatriz Williams novels in that it took place in two separate time periods The first time period is 1947 and features 2 young women who become friends while working on future Queen Elizabeth s wedding gown The other time period is the present and features the granddaughter of one of the women and her quest to learn about her beloved late grandmother.This book covers a lot of important issues like rape, the Holocaust, anti semitism, feminism, first love, grief and PTSD I loved this book and I had fun reading it I also spent a lot of time Googling people and events mentioned in this book.This book doesn t come out until January but I suggest you guys preorder it now because I think its gonna be a very popular book.Also its once again being featured as a Giveaway, so enter to possibly win it Read This Book flag 127 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Lynn Great review Jan 15, 2019 12 47PM Erin Thanks Lynn Jan 27, 2019 12 19PM Jan 08, 2019 Katie B rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves england, fiction, fashion, historical fiction, 1940s, royalty, read in 2019 Even though this historical fiction book revolves around the making of Queen Elizabeth s wedding gown, there surprisingly is a fair amount of depth to the story I actually picked this one up because I thought it would be a nice escape from some stressful life events and while it certainly provided a welcome distraction, I did find myself feeling emotionally invested in some of the characters than I initially had predicted Sometimes a book finds a way into your hands at the perfect time an Even though this historical fiction book revolves around the making of Queen Elizabeth s wedding gown, there surprisingly is a fair amount of depth to the story I actually picked this one up because I thought it would be a nice escape from some stressful life events and while it certainly provided a welcome distraction, I did find myself feeling emotionally invested in some of the characters than I initially had predicted Sometimes a book finds a way into your hands at the perfect time and that certainly was the case here.While World War 2 was over, life in London in 1947 was pretty bleak but the country did have the upcoming wedding of Princess Elizabeth to look forward to Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin are part of a team of embroiderers and seamstresses that have been tasked with the making of the wedding gown Fast forward to 2016 where Heather has found a set of embroidered flowers in her late grandmother s possessions Not knowing why her grandmother, Nan, had them to begin with, Heather embarks on a quest to find out about Nan s mysterious life when she lived in London decades ago as it was a topic that always seemed to be off limits in the family In regards to the historical accuracy of the book, this is a case of the author taking some known facts about the making of the wedding gown but also largely using her imagination in regards to the story The main characters in the book do not exist in real life which might disappoint some historical fiction fans but I thought what the author came up with in terms of a story still makes for a compelling read I highly recommend reading the author s note at the end as it provides a good context into her writing process.I like how the novel touched on what life was like in London a few years after the war as it s not a topic explored nearly as much as it could be in books Miriam s backstory brought a lot of depth to her character But for me the most meaningful part of the story was the special relationship between Heather and her grandmother and how fortunate I was to have that same connection with my grandmother I don t think you necessarily have to be a fan of fashion or the royals to enjoy this book It s just a good, solid read with strong female characters and I don t hesitate to recommend giving it a chance flag 87 likesLike see review View all 26 comments Dec 31, 2018 Jennifer TarHeelReader rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 reads, arcs, hard soft copy, historical fiction, william morrow 5 stars to this story of strength and friendship Happy New Year to all my friends Told in three voices over two time periods, The Gown is a stunning story In 1947 London, knee deep in a harsh winter with heavy rationing, the war has left its indelible mark Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin are embroiderers working at the famous Mayfair owned by Norman Hartnell Why is Hartnell famous For designing clothing for the princesses And what is the assignment of the 20th centu 5 stars to this story of strength and friendship Happy New Year to all my friends Told in three voices over two time periods, The Gown is a stunning story In 1947 London, knee deep in a harsh winter with heavy rationing, the war has left its indelible mark Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin are embroiderers working at the famous Mayfair owned by Norman Hartnell Why is Hartnell famous For designing clothing for the princesses And what is the assignment of the 20th century that has befallen them Making none other than future Queen Elizabeth s wedding gown In Toronto present day, Heather Mackenzie has found a set of embroidered flowers passed down from her beloved late grandmother Heather discovers the flowers look much like those on Queen Elizabeth s gown, and she wants to know why She also uncovers a connection between her grandmother and Norman Hartnell who was known to have designed the Queen s wedding dress The Gown is a well researched work of historical fiction The detail kept me entranced and also had me googling and yearning to know The friendship that forms between Anne and Miriam is tenderly drawn, and the emotional bonds and healing that resulted from that relationship is awe inspiring I didn t expect to be as absorbed in The Gown as I was It can be hard to focus during the holidays, and my mind was in so many places It served as a wonderful reminder of why I read historical fiction to be transported to a different time and place and to learn The Gown is an exquisite story of strength and friendship from start to finish Highly recommended Thank you to the publisher for the complimentary copy All opinions are my own.My reviews can also be found on my blog jennifertarheelreader flag 78 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Aug 24, 2018 Kate Quinn rated it it was amazing I had a chance to read this for a cover quote, and devoured it My quote Jennifer Robson embroiders life, friendship, and hope into the somber gray world of post war London every bit as skillfully as her seamstress heroines embroider crystal flowers into the folds of a royal wedding dress Miriam and Ann are both battling inner demons when they meet in the backroom of England s most famous couture house, but the chance of a lifetime the task of embroidering Princess Elizabeth s gown for the w I had a chance to read this for a cover quote, and devoured it My quote Jennifer Robson embroiders life, friendship, and hope into the somber gray world of post war London every bit as skillfully as her seamstress heroines embroider crystal flowers into the folds of a royal wedding dress Miriam and Ann are both battling inner demons when they meet in the backroom of England s most famous couture house, but the chance of a lifetime the task of embroidering Princess Elizabeth s gown for the wedding of the century will open new doors for both women, and lay the foundations of a mystery to be unraveled seventy years later by their grandchildren THE GOWN is marvelous and moving, a vivid portrait of female self reliance in a world racked by the cost of war flag 50 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 26, 2018 Stephanie rated it it was amazing Shelves edelweiss, historical fiction, arc, read in 2018 I admit that I requested The Gown because I was struck by that stunning cover and the title I m admittedly an enormous anglophile and lover of the British monarchy so when I saw the picture of the then Princess Elizabeth in her gorgeous wedding gown, I knew this book would blow me away Did it ever But not for any of the reasons that I thought it would I expected to mostly read about the young lovestruck princess and her handsome soon to be husband but instead, Jennifer Robson has carefully c I admit that I requested The Gown because I was struck by that stunning cover and the title I m admittedly an enormous anglophile and lover of the British monarchy so when I saw the picture of the then Princess Elizabeth in her gorgeous wedding gown, I knew this book would blow me away Did it ever But not for any of the reasons that I thought it would I expected to mostly read about the young lovestruck princess and her handsome soon to be husband but instead, Jennifer Robson has carefully crafted a very accurate, detailed, engrossing, and often poignant novel about the lives of three fascinating women one living in 2016 and the other two living post World War II in 1947 The novel is told from the different viewpoints of the three very incredible young women and Robson skillfully intertwines their stories together into one beautifully depicted and outstanding story of family, love, loss, pain, but most of all the importance of friendships and the amazing power of resilience during difficult times In 2016, Heather Mackenzie s beloved Nan, Ann, has just died and left her a box filled with lovely, embroidered flower motifs As far as she knows, her Nan couldn t sew, so how did she have such gorgeous embroideries in her possession Heather, a journalist, knows there is a mystery behind the embroidered flowers and about her Nan s past which she knows so very little, so she begins to research both As Heather begins to unravel her grandmother s secrets, she is shocked to discover the embroidered motifs match the ones on Queen Elizabeth II s wedding gown from 1947 Not only that, she finds old pictures that suggest her Nan worked for Norman Hartnell, Britain s leading couturier and designer of the Queen s wedding dress, and that she was friends with famous artist and Holocaust survivor Miriam Dassin Heather s discoveries take her on a journey from Toronto to London where she learns about her Nan s past with the help of a new friend who helps her connect with someone special from Ann s old life In 1947, London is still reeling and recovering from WWII Ann Hughes has lost everyone she s loved to either the war or sickness and is completely alone in the world She s a proud, smart, kind young woman and has been working as an embroiderer at Norman Hartnell s Mayfair fashion house since she was a very young girl She s extremely talented and now one of the top embroiderers at the shop Still, she s lonely with no family or close friends, and money is very tight since rationing is still a part of British life even two years after the war, yet Ann doesn t complain and makes do with what she has.Miriam Dassin newly immigrates to London in 1947 from Paris where she lost her entire family to Nazi persecution during the war She s a brilliant artist and embroiderer with references from Christian Dior, so its no wonder that Mr Hartnell immediately hires her and she s put to work alongside Ann, who she becomes good friends with and soon becomes Ann s roommate However, Miriam is still haunted by what she endured during her imprisonment at Ravensbr ck and is terrified to tell anyone, even Ann, because she is frightened of anyone knowing she is a Jew.The announcement of the Princess engagement and Hartnell s commission to design and create her wedding dress is very exciting for all the seamstresses and embroiderers at Hartnell s Both Ann and Miriam are given the job to embroider the most important and delicate parts of the dress and the train, not only an honor but a job they must never talk about with anyone since the dress design must remain secret until the Princess wedding day The meticulous research and attention to detail in The Gown makes this book well worth the read Any historical fiction worth reading should be well researched, and Robson raised the bar here I love how real characters and facts are interwoven with her fictional ones, and it was amazing to read about how the dressmakers worked so hard to create the Queen s famous and oh, so gorgeous wedding dress I go gaga over these gowns, but I don t think that I ve ever once stopped to think about the work that has gone into making one of them It s amazing how hard the work was and how dedicated these women were in not only making this gown but keeping the gown s design secret from spies and journalists who were offering bribes in exchange for the dress pattern I didn t realize they had crazed paparazzi types back then Very crazy I love historical fiction, and The Gown is truly an excellent work of historical fiction It captured me from the very first page and never let go As I already said, it wasn t what I expected and for that, I m so very glad because it was so much I loved the friendships that Robson depicts in the novel because they are meaningful and true For me, she shows how women s friendships are meant to be trustworthy, healing, nurturing, and to lift each other up instead of using and hurting one another, and I loved that so much.Obviously, I m highly recommending this book You don t have to love the royal family to enjoy this one since they only play a very minor role If you like historical fiction, then this is a beautiful novel that will sweep you away with its affecting story of courage and friendship It publishes December 31, 2018 Thank you Edelweiss and William Morrow for an ARC to read in exchange for my fair and honest review flag 26 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Jan 08, 2019 Cindy Burnett rated it it was amazing While The Gown is a heartfelt tale about the creation of Princess Elizabeth s wedding gown, it is also ultimately the story of three women who strive to find their place in the world and how each deals with love, loss, and family The book is told in a dual timeline format with Miriam s and Ann s stories taking place in 1947, and Heather s in 2016 In the midst of the harshest winter in memory and shortages still resulting from the war, England welcomes the engagement of Princess Elizabeth to Li While The Gown is a heartfelt tale about the creation of Princess Elizabeth s wedding gown, it is also ultimately the story of three women who strive to find their place in the world and how each deals with love, loss, and family The book is told in a dual timeline format with Miriam s and Ann s stories taking place in 1947, and Heather s in 2016 In the midst of the harshest winter in memory and shortages still resulting from the war, England welcomes the engagement of Princess Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten Norman Hartnell is chosen to design her gown, and Miriam and Ann are chosen to help embroider the creation Years later following her grandmother s death, Heather uncovers a box with her name on containing some beautifully embroidered flowers As the women s tales unfold, the connection between them all is slowly unveiled in a touching and realistic manner.While I am a lover of history and particularly tales about woman who have made a positive impact on our world, I have never really had much interest in England s modern day royal family so I have to say I was not totally sure whether this book would appeal to me I am so glad I decided to read it anyway because it is a fascinating and beautiful tale which touches briefly on then Princess Elizabeth and her family but mainly details the creation of the wedding gown and the despondency of London following the end of World War 2 It is a true page turner, and I finished it in under 24 hours Robson exhaustively researched the time period resulting in a descriptive and compelling tale of courage and triumph in the face of horrible shortages and grim weather conditions I was surprised to learn that the end of the war was not the end of wartime rationing in London and how harsh living conditions were for London residents long after the war had ended.I highly recommend The Gown As only wonderfully written historical fiction can do, The Gown transports the reader to war torn London and allows the reader a glimpse into a bygone era and events that are not commonly known today flag 24 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Dec 18, 2018 MaryBeths Bookshelf rated it really liked it Shelves historical fiction Thank you TLC Book Tours for gifting me a copy of The Gown in exchange for an honest review.It is no secret that Historical Fiction is my favorite genre to read and The Royal Family are my favorite people to obsess over So, of course, I would have to read The Gown, a fictionalized account of the Norman Hartwell s fashion house as they created Princess Elizabeth s wedding gown in 1947 The story focuses on Ann Hughes and Miriam Dessin, two young girls working for Mr Hartwell The story jumps ah Thank you TLC Book Tours for gifting me a copy of The Gown in exchange for an honest review.It is no secret that Historical Fiction is my favorite genre to read and The Royal Family are my favorite people to obsess over So, of course, I would have to read The Gown, a fictionalized account of the Norman Hartwell s fashion house as they created Princess Elizabeth s wedding gown in 1947 The story focuses on Ann Hughes and Miriam Dessin, two young girls working for Mr Hartwell The story jumps ahead in time to Heather MacKenzie and her quest to understand about the beloved woman she called Nan Her journey takes her to London and discover about her grandmother.I absolutely loved this book Loved the history, loved the fashion, loved the characters It was the perfect read for HF lovers flag 20 likesLike see review Nov 13, 2018 Chanel Cleeton rated it it was amazing Shelves historical fiction A moving story of life after the end of World War II centered on the women behind the scenes of the joyous occasion of Queen Elizabeth s wedding A celebration of strength, resilience, and friendship, The Gown transports readers as Robson offers a richly detailed and meticulously researched glimpse of daily life in post war Britain An enchanting must read for historical fiction fans flag 18 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Lynn rated it it was amazing Shelves historical fiction, recommend The Gown takes place in two time periods 1947 in post war London where people are trying to deal with the war s brutal aftermath and the embroiderers of the Norman Hartnell fashion house, particularly Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, are tasked with making the wedding gown for then Princess Elizabeth and Toronto, 2016, where Heather Mackenzie finds a box marked with her name with embroidery samples that match Princess Elizabeth s gown and photos from an earlier time, left to her by her beloved N The Gown takes place in two time periods 1947 in post war London where people are trying to deal with the war s brutal aftermath and the embroiderers of the Norman Hartnell fashion house, particularly Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, are tasked with making the wedding gown for then Princess Elizabeth and Toronto, 2016, where Heather Mackenzie finds a box marked with her name with embroidery samples that match Princess Elizabeth s gown and photos from an earlier time, left to her by her beloved Nan , who had recently passed away Heather has no idea who made the embroidery pieces and who else besides her Nan are in the photos and why her grandmother left them to her, but she is determined to find out So she heads to London to discover her grandmother s past The lives of these three women make up the bulk of the story Each character is wonderfully portrayed, as are the supporting characters You really get invested in them all The author develops an incredible sense of place in post war London You can feel the biting cold of the horrible winter, you become hungry right along with Ann and Miriam as they try to make their meager rations last Sardines on toast for dinner Yuck You feel the outrage of the division of the classes the haves and have nots in society But most of all, you marvel at all the work and skill went into the making of this dress and others like it The Gown is ostensibly an historical fiction account of the making of Princess Elizabeth s wedding gown in 1947 But it is much than that It touches on many issues friendship, loyalty, The Holocaust, rape, class division, shame, the realities of living in a past war city and These issues are all dealt with in a very sensitive way The writing is good, but not great At times it devolves into chic lit like prose, which makes it a fairly light read But it is good enough to make you keep turning the pages I could not stop reading this book, maybe except when I was googling pictures of THE gown and other dresses by Norman Hartnell The author did a lot of research on the gown and the time period and it shows in this book I absolutely recommend this book with the caveat that it won t challenge you, but you will enjoy it anyway flag 17 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Nov 26, 2018 Tammy rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley read, read in 2018, read in november 18 Jennifer Robson was written a beautiful story of the ladies that created Queen Elizabeth s wedding gown I have always been fascinated by the monarchy and loved reading The Gown The story is told from three viewpoints In 1947, Ann and Miriam are young embroiderers and have been chosen to work on Queen Elizabeth s wedding gown There is a bit of intrigue as the details of the gown are top secret and the press is constantly hounding them for details As the story unfolds, we learn about Ann Jennifer Robson was written a beautiful story of the ladies that created Queen Elizabeth s wedding gown I have always been fascinated by the monarchy and loved reading The Gown The story is told from three viewpoints In 1947, Ann and Miriam are young embroiderers and have been chosen to work on Queen Elizabeth s wedding gown There is a bit of intrigue as the details of the gown are top secret and the press is constantly hounding them for details As the story unfolds, we learn about Ann and Miriam s history In 2016, Heather travels to London in the hopes of discovering about her late grandmother Jennifer Robson does a marvelous job of weaving an unforgettable story and giving us a peek behind the scenes of the creation of this beautiful gown flag 17 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 31, 2018 Pam Jenoff rated it it was amazing Already heralded by The Washington Post, People, USA Today and numerous others, this is the incredible story of the making of Queen Elizabeth s gown and the remarkable women who made it And it is out today flag 15 likesLike see review Sep 20, 2018 Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede rated it really liked it Shelves read 2018 So, what makes a story about a gown so special In this case, it s the wedding gown that Princess Elizabeth wore at her wedding Jennifer Robson has woven together a fascinating tale about two women that worked on the gown and a young woman that discovers her grandmother has some skeletons in her closetREAD THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION flag 17 likesLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Asheley rated it it was amazing review of another edition 4.5 5The Gown by Jennifer Robson tells the stories of three women Ann and Miriam, who are embroiderers working quietly behind the scenes to make a Royal wedding gown in 1947, and a young woman named Heather who is working to piece together her grandmother s mysterious past in 2016 The alternating time periods worked really well here to build up the story as a whole and to make the complete picture robust.Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin are working for the famous designer Normal Hartnell in t 4.5 5The Gown by Jennifer Robson tells the stories of three women Ann and Miriam, who are embroiderers working quietly behind the scenes to make a Royal wedding gown in 1947, and a young woman named Heather who is working to piece together her grandmother s mysterious past in 2016 The alternating time periods worked really well here to build up the story as a whole and to make the complete picture robust.Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin are working for the famous designer Normal Hartnell in the 1940 s Hartnell is well known for making clothes for the Royal family, and Ann delights in the fact that her work is worn by the Queen Ann went to work at Hartnell at the tender age of fourteen, just out of school, as an apprentice She was trained in his studio and is one of the very best Miriam survived the Holocaust and then emigrated from France after enduring some of the most horrific things imaginable, and she was hired on the spot by Mr Hartnell after working with none other than Christian Dior Miriam and Ann become friends outside of work and roommates shortly after, and they worked well together on the Royal clothing for the upcoming wedding.Many years later, Heather Mackenzie s beloved grandmother has unexpected passed away and with her, it seems she has taken the secrets of her past She has left Heather a box with some curious things inside a few pieces of finely embroidered fabric and a photo As Heather begins to dig into the origin of these pieces, she can hardly believe their history and her grandmother s secret past One one hand, she is profoundly proud of her grandmother But on the other hand, why didn t her grandmother tell anyone in her family about her past from before she moved to Canada Any little bit at all And why did she move to Canada in the first place Listen, when I saw the cover of this book, I nearly passed out with the need to read it Like so many of you, I am stricken with the love for all things Royal the thing that gets us out of bed at 4 00 a.m to see the Royal weddings, the thing that has us combing the Royal social media feeds I also love historical fiction with the burning passion of a thousand fiery suns So I thought this would be a perfect combination for me in terms of a great read and I WAS SO RIGHT.It is interesting, though, that it wasn t written exactly in the way I had imagined it There was surprisingly little about the wedding in it I love love love the way the wedding and wedding preparation took a nice backseat to the making of the garment and to how difficult it was to keep the details about the dress a secret I love the way the story featured Ann and Miriam instead of the Royal family Sure, they make appearance, but they re never the main players This story is strictly about the embroiderers and their quest to make this the most beautiful wedding gown possible for their Royal family.The Gown was also about the hard conditions they endured right after the war and the joy the dressmaking brought to their lives It was about the small things that these women found comfort in when there was so little in the way of creature comforts It was about friendship and about their heartaches and the things that had happened to them that they wanted to keep buried in the past I loved every single page of it, even the painful ones.Of course I also loved Heather s portion of the story and her quest to figure out the history of her grandmother I can t imagine not knowing anything at all about someone so pivotal in my life, as it seems that Heather s grandmother was her everything Heather s trip to England to find her grandmother was fun to read but it also tugged at my heartstrings as I wished she could just have a chat with the woman and ask her questions and hear the answers she needed.Heather s part of the story was very good, but I loved hearing from Ann and Miriam.The Gown is wonderful It s a definite recommendation for those that love historical fiction that weaves together past and present, and for those that have a special interest in anything Royal I would say that readers that like having that little touch of a mystery in their stories will enjoy this one too, because I wasn t expecting that in this story but I found that it was the surprise that kept me turning the pages quickly like Heather, I wanted to know the answers to questions that I had I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review Thank you, William Morrow Books Find this review and like it on my blog, Into the Hall of Books flag 11 likesLike see review Nov 30, 2018 Susan Peterson rated it it was amazing Jennifer Robson has written a very touching novel about the women who made the glorious wedding gown that Princess Elizabeth wore when she married in 1947 This historical novel gives us intimate details of not only the gown, but also of what it was like in post war Europe What I loved most about the book was the friendship between Ann and Miriam I was very moved by their story This is the perfect book for anyone who is enthralled by the Royal Family flag 10 likesLike see review Jan 09, 2019 Lynn Horton rated it really liked it I was hesitant to read The Gown The hullabaloo about Markle and Harry put me off the premise, although their wedding probably helped the author sell some books However, I enjoyed this story, in no small part because in my younger years, I sewed Robson nailed the fabric characteristics, dressmaker environment, and hand embroidery process When she talks about satin slipping and fraying, she s right When she talks about being blinded by looking at the same color all day, she d right.The charac I was hesitant to read The Gown The hullabaloo about Markle and Harry put me off the premise, although their wedding probably helped the author sell some books However, I enjoyed this story, in no small part because in my younger years, I sewed Robson nailed the fabric characteristics, dressmaker environment, and hand embroidery process When she talks about satin slipping and fraying, she s right When she talks about being blinded by looking at the same color all day, she d right.The characters were charming enough, if expected the uppercrust but broke cad, the working girl who gets in trouble thanks to aforementioned cad, the Jewess who survives Nazi occupied France There s a predictable contemporary romance as well, but it neatly ties off the story Robson s writing is always strong and clear, and she works deftly with these characters and storyline But the details she imagined and she s probably dead on about most of them surrounding the creation of Queen Elizabeth s wedding dress engaged me most, and the dressmaker bits and pieces made the story flag 9 likesLike see review Nov 13, 2018 Sharlene rated it it was amazing Truly a beautiful, moving story of the women that worked on Queen Elizabeth s wedding gown.The story focuses on 3 young women, two in the 40s that are working on the gown, Ann and Miriam and one in present time, Heather who is Ann s granddaughter.I found the book hard to put down and very immersive I felt in the moment with the story Loved all the details of how one embroiders a wedding dress and the many hours of hard work that goes into it.I would recommend this book to all that love histori Truly a beautiful, moving story of the women that worked on Queen Elizabeth s wedding gown.The story focuses on 3 young women, two in the 40s that are working on the gown, Ann and Miriam and one in present time, Heather who is Ann s granddaughter.I found the book hard to put down and very immersive I felt in the moment with the story Loved all the details of how one embroiders a wedding dress and the many hours of hard work that goes into it.I would recommend this book to all that love historical fiction flag 9 likesLike see review Nov 04, 2018 Meagan rated it it was amazing I LOVED this book I couldn t put it down and read it in one day I don t know if it is because I am a big Royal watcher, or because Harry and Meghan s wedding happened earlier this year, or because I have been lucky enough to hear Jennifer Robson talk about this book twice this year, but I felt like I knew these characters and this story It was familiar and captivating at the same time flag 8 likesLike see review Dec 29, 2018 Amy rated it it was amazing I received an advanced reader copy from the publishing house All thoughts and opinions are my own The Gown is going to be one of those buzz books this winter that everyone will be talking about, I guarantee it.Instead of exploring the story of the royal family and all of its mystery, Robson decides to explore a royal wedding through a different set of eyes These eyes she chooses to tell her story through are those of the women that made and embroidered the dress of Princess Elizabeth when sh I received an advanced reader copy from the publishing house All thoughts and opinions are my own The Gown is going to be one of those buzz books this winter that everyone will be talking about, I guarantee it.Instead of exploring the story of the royal family and all of its mystery, Robson decides to explore a royal wedding through a different set of eyes These eyes she chooses to tell her story through are those of the women that made and embroidered the dress of Princess Elizabeth when she wedded Lieutenant Philip.Set in 1947, Ann Hughes Miriam Dassin are talented embroiderers that have been tasked with the intricate stitching that will adorn the royal bride s priceless wedding gown Following the royal wedding though, Ann moves and never tells her family of her life in London and the work she did for this famous gown.It is only in 2016, when Ann s granddaughter stumbles upon a box of her late grandmother s belongings that she finds a set of hand stitched flowers with no background information on them What she discovers though is that these motifs are the same that decorated the Queen Elizabeth II s gown and she begins to wonder if there was to her grandmother s story than she realizes.Heather travels to London to unravel the past that Ann never shared with her family and her secret friendship with Miriam Dassin, a celebrated artist and Holocaust survivor.Robson discusses, rather frankly, her struggles with finding information on the real women behind the real gown It was through a chance meeting that she got in touch with Betty Foster, a woman who aided in the actual embroidery of the dress, that she was able to use this interview to flesh out these characters, along with her own independent research at another embroidery house.An excerpt of the interview with Betty appears at the end of the book and showcases how much her voice shaped Robson s writing and these gorgeous characters that she has crafted.Fans of, Secrets of a Charmed Life and the show, The Crown , will DEFINITELY be swept away in this gorgeous book.I absolutely loved it flag 7 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 17, 2019 Zoe rated it it was amazing Evocative, enchanting, and beautifully written Absolutely adored it Full review to follow shortly.Thank you to William Morrow and Giveaways for my copy flag 7 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 05, 2019 Julia jaylammads rated it really liked it Shelves 2019, arc reviewed Thank you to william morrow books for the free review copyWow what a beautiful way to tell this story I was immediately drawn in to the lives of Ann, Miriam, and Heather The Gown alternates between three perspectives.The first story line is from two perspectives Ann and Miriam Ann and Miriam are a part of something huge in London in 1947 making the wedding dress for the Royal wedding As they create the wedding dress, you see their friendship develop.The second story line is about Heather Thank you to william morrow books for the free review copyWow what a beautiful way to tell this story I was immediately drawn in to the lives of Ann, Miriam, and Heather The Gown alternates between three perspectives.The first story line is from two perspectives Ann and Miriam Ann and Miriam are a part of something huge in London in 1947 making the wedding dress for the Royal wedding As they create the wedding dress, you see their friendship develop.The second story line is about Heather s journey to learn about her grandmother that has recently passed away.This one really hit home for me as my grandmother passed away last year It is so amazing to learn about the live someone lived before being called grandma Sometimes when reading books with 2 timeline, I find myself favoring one over the other I did not feel this way with The Gown I loved both story lines I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves historical fiction or the royal family Or if you just want a really well written story As for any book written during this time period there is some ugliness, please be aware of that flag 8 likesLike see review Jan 08, 2019 Steve Donoghue added it Shelves 2019 new books A warmly thoughtful multi layered historical novel here s my full review flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 01, 2019 Susan rated it really liked it I enjoyed this interesting historical about two women tasked with helping to do the complicated embroidery on Princess Elizabeth s wedding gown for her 1947 marriage The dressmaking details are fascinating, but they don t overwhelm the story, which is really about the friendship between the two main characters, Ann and Miriam Plotwise, the novel is very straightforward and thus, predictable I would have liked depth from the story and the characters Overall, though, THE GOWN is an easy, I enjoyed this interesting historical about two women tasked with helping to do the complicated embroidery on Princess Elizabeth s wedding gown for her 1947 marriage The dressmaking details are fascinating, but they don t overwhelm the story, which is really about the friendship between the two main characters, Ann and Miriam Plotwise, the novel is very straightforward and thus, predictable I would have liked depth from the story and the characters Overall, though, THE GOWN is an easy, engaging read featuring an intriguing setting and a likable cast I liked it I d give it a B flag 6 likesLike see review Oct 06, 2018 Eden Church The Required Reading List rated it it was amazing Shelves harper collins, historical fiction inspired by, most anticipated 2018 To read THE GOWN is to be transported back in time Robson s new book is so rich with detail, the 21st century seemed like a distant memory Jennifer Robson s best book yet, at once utterly transporting and profoundly relatable, THE GOWN tells the story of Ann, Miriam, and Heather, three women separated by countries, religion, and sometimes decades Ann and Miriam work as embroiderers for beloved English fashion designer Norman Hartnell during the 1940s when he was commissioned to create the the To read THE GOWN is to be transported back in time Robson s new book is so rich with detail, the 21st century seemed like a distant memory Jennifer Robson s best book yet, at once utterly transporting and profoundly relatable, THE GOWN tells the story of Ann, Miriam, and Heather, three women separated by countries, religion, and sometimes decades Ann and Miriam work as embroiderers for beloved English fashion designer Norman Hartnell during the 1940s when he was commissioned to create the then Princess Elizabeth s wedding gown Brought together by this momentous task, Ann, an English girl who never thought very much of herself becomes fast friends with Miriam, a young French woman fleeing a country ravaged by one of the worst periods of violence in the world s history Years later, on the occasion of her beloved Nan s passing, Heather must begin to unravel the fabric of the mystery that binds her to these two extraordinary women who created part of history Alternating between 1940s London and 2016 Toronto and London, Robson weaves a beautiful story that perfectly balances the glitz and magic of involvement in the fabrication of the wedding gown for the future Queen of England with the horrible experiences that shadowed day to day life for British citizens haunted by a barely finished war during one of the coldest winters and largest food shortages that Britain had ever seen THE GOWN is an absolute triumph that left me in tears, at once feeling like I d just been dealt a punch to the gut, yearning to get myself to the nearest textile museum or art gallery to see how history can be immortalized in fabric, and wanting to give every member of my family a long hug Historical fiction fans and followers of the royal family absolutely cannot miss this book Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 30, 2018 Linda Zagon rated it it was amazing Lindas Book Obsession Reviews The Gown by Jennifer RobsonKudos to Jennifer Robson, Author of The Gown for vividly writing and describing the enchanting, emotional, exciting, heartbreaking, enthralling and intriguing novel about one of the most famous Royal wedding dresses in history and the workers who created it The Genres for this story are Historical Fiction, and Romance The timelines for this story are in the past after World War Two, and in the present The story goes further in the p Lindas Book Obsession Reviews The Gown by Jennifer RobsonKudos to Jennifer Robson, Author of The Gown for vividly writing and describing the enchanting, emotional, exciting, heartbreaking, enthralling and intriguing novel about one of the most famous Royal wedding dresses in history and the workers who created it The Genres for this story are Historical Fiction, and Romance The timelines for this story are in the past after World War Two, and in the present The story goes further in the past only when it pertains to the characters in the events in the stories.The story takes place in England, France, Canada, and the United States The author describes her colorful characters as hardworking, creative, complex and complicated perhaps to the events in history.In 2016, in Toronto, Heather Mackenzie is left some material with exquisite embroidered flowers in an envelope addressed to her from her late grandmother, Nan Heather has no idea what they mean They appear to be at least 70 years old, and possibly have something to do that was part of Queen Elizabeth s wedding gown After viewing some pictures of Nan, and some friends from years ago, Heather wants the opportunity to go to London to learn what Nan s live was like Nan was a quiet woman, and never shared many parts of her life When Heather is in London she is trying to find former friends and acquaintances of her grandmother Heather realizes that there is a huge connection with the famous textile artist Miriam Dassin, a holocaust survivor, and her grandmother.In 1947, Ann Hughes Nan and Miriam Dassin feel lucky to be working as embroiderers for the fashion house of Norman Hartnell In London, it is a cruel cold winter with shortages of fuel, food and many items After World War Two, England is still trying to recover as most of the world is Norman Hartnell is known for making gowns for the Royal family There is a huge fascination with the royal family Ann and Miriam are living in Ann s house and go to work together, and become the closet of friends Miriam has an exceptional artistic talent and Ann encourages her Miriam also has deep dark secrets and guilt When Princess Elizabeth gets engaged at the young age of 21, Norman Hartnell as well as his employees are hoping that they get to design the wedding gown When Norman Hartnell and staff get to do the gown, extreme measures of secrecy are put in place Newspapers and journalist are trying to get information on the royal wedding gown Unscrupulous people are willing to pay a fortune to get information about the gown to make money These are still desperate and dangerous times.The Gown represents to many of the workers hope, and faith and love What does Heather learn about her grandmother and Miriam Dassin s relationship Why has Nan been so secretive about her life How does this tie into the making of the most famous gown in history The author is an amazing storyteller, and the details of how hard it was for the workers getting the materials, and making the designs was so intriguing I would recommend this book for readers that love the genre of Historical Fiction flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Lollita rated it really liked it Shelves canadian Rather sappy but I loved it flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 01, 2019 Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves january 2019 No surprise that I loved The Gown so very much It reminded me a lot of Dear Mrs.Bird, another British historical fiction novel set around war time.The Gown is set in post war England when Princess Elizabeth announces her wedding and chooses Norman Hartwell to design the dress Ann has been working for Mr Hartwell since she was 14 and is chosen to do much of the embroidery for the dress Miriam is a relatively new addition to the designer but she did some work in France and has come to England No surprise that I loved The Gown so very much It reminded me a lot of Dear Mrs.Bird, another British historical fiction novel set around war time.The Gown is set in post war England when Princess Elizabeth announces her wedding and chooses Norman Hartwell to design the dress Ann has been working for Mr Hartwell since she was 14 and is chosen to do much of the embroidery for the dress Miriam is a relatively new addition to the designer but she did some work in France and has come to England to forget her past Ann and Miriam become quick friends and end up living together They are cheerful despite endless rations and are wonderful characters to read about.Heather is Ann s Grandaughter who finds a box of embroidery samples with her name on it after Ann s death Ann never talked about her time in England and Heather goes on a journey to find out about her Grandmother s life before she moved to Canada.Such a lovely and heartwarming story The characters of Ann and Miriam are such strong and amazing people I cried when they had troubles and loved how dedicated they were to the Princess s gown and the work they did on all the dresses they would never get a chance to wear flag 5 likesLike see review Oct 28, 2018 The Library Lady rated it did not like it Shelves disappointing books, edelweiss, good material poor execution, historical_fiction This is the second book I ve read by this author, and I won t be fooled again She has a talent for drawing me into a story and then,having spent an hour or two reading 200 pages, I am left wanting that time back to read someone else s books.Aside from the Nazis in France, no one here is mean, petty, or developed in any other way, they are all nice nice and bland Everything in the plot fits as neatly together as a jigsaw puzzle too neatly In sum, a fascinating subject and great materials tha This is the second book I ve read by this author, and I won t be fooled again She has a talent for drawing me into a story and then,having spent an hour or two reading 200 pages, I am left wanting that time back to read someone else s books.Aside from the Nazis in France, no one here is mean, petty, or developed in any other way, they are all nice nice and bland Everything in the plot fits as neatly together as a jigsaw puzzle too neatly In sum, a fascinating subject and great materials that in another author s hands would have been a terrific book is turned into a bad soap opera flag 5 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jane Upshall It was an easy read , yet the depth of the back stories were too brief Also the character development, especially for Ann , was not detailed enough Jan 21, 2019 06 10AM Annette I m half way through and I m feeling the same way as you Not well developed characters, everything fitting perfectly like in a fairytale and the pros I m half way through and I m feeling the same way as you Not well developed characters, everything fitting perfectly like in a fairytale and the prose is simple that it s jarring Jan 26, 2019 04 13PM Dec 31, 2018 Marlene rated it it was amazing Originally published at Reading RealityThis is not about Elizabeth Instead, it is a story of friendship, and family And it is a story about the making of what is now a historical artifact, but was, once upon a time not so very long ago, a dress in which countless young women invested their hopes and dreams.That one of those young women became the Queen of England is not the point of this story Instead, this story is about two of the women, representing so many , who worked tirelessly to m Originally published at Reading RealityThis is not about Elizabeth Instead, it is a story of friendship, and family And it is a story about the making of what is now a historical artifact, but was, once upon a time not so very long ago, a dress in which countless young women invested their hopes and dreams.That one of those young women became the Queen of England is not the point of this story Instead, this story is about two of the women, representing so many , who worked tirelessly to make not just Elizabeth s dreams but their own come true.Even if theirs, at least, turn out to be rather different from what they expected.There is a 21st century framing story wrapped around this gown, but the purpose of the frame is to take the reader back into the lives of two women in 1947, Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, one English and one French, who have both been scarred by the war one than the other.And who were equally marked by the dark and dismal years after, but again, one than the other.Ann and Miriam meet in the embroidery room of the designer Norman Hartnell, whose signature was his use of embroidery in the gowns he designed for the upper crust of English society, particularly the royal family.So we are there with Ann and Miriam as they work together on one of the studio s great creations, and as they survive the intense furor that surrounds its secrecy An intensity that costs them both so much.As the story begins, we are at the end Ann has died, and left her granddaughter Heather a mysterious legacy a box of intricate embroidery samples but no clues Ann was extremely reticent about her life before she moved to Canada in 1948, and her family knows nothing about who she was, where she came from or why she emigrated And that s the way she wanted it.But the mystery intrigues Heather When she discovers that the beautiful samples in the box match the designs on Queen Elizabeth s wedding gown, she is determined to discover whether her grandmother was one of the women who worked on it and why she kept it a secret.Heather s search leads her back to the past and into her own future.Escape Rating A It s not the framing story that really grabs the reader it s what s within that frame Heather s search is interesting for what it reveals, not for itself But what it reveals is an incredible story with light and color, depth and heartbreak.Miriam and Ann come from entirely different backgrounds Ann is as English as the Tudor roses that she embroiders on the gown Miriam, on the other hand, is a transplant A refugee from Paris, a young woman who spent the Occupation hiding in plain sight from the Nazis until she was finally caught as a member of the Resistance She was fortunate that the Nazis never discovered that she was also a Jew Unlike the rest of her family, Miriam survived the war But could not make herself remain in France and found herself in the studio of Norman Hartnell, working beside Ann.As they work side by side on the gown, and eventually become friends, roommates and sisters of the heart, the paths of their lives meet and eventually switch Ann is forced to leave behind the work she loves and go to Canada She never takes up the needle again or at least not the embroidery needle Miriam, after so much tragedy in her early life, finds happiness and eventually fame.But the two never forget each other, even though they never meet again That Ann sends Heather to Miriam brings the story beautifully full circle.This is a story that is all about the feels The desperation of the post war austerity years, the fast friendship between two women who are otherwise alone in the world, the joy of doing fulfilling work and the pain of hard decisions.And it s as beautiful as the gown it celebrates flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 17, 2018 Christina A Reader of Fictions rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves egalley Confession the first I m not really that interested in the actual royal family or royal weddings Like, even when I was younger and would fantasize about randomly meeting Prince Harry and falling in love with him, I really didn t know anything about them Confession the second I largely found The Crown boring Everyone recommended it, but it s so slow and I never got invested in the characters particularly Philip fuck Philip As such, I debated about requesting The Gown, but I do love histor Confession the first I m not really that interested in the actual royal family or royal weddings Like, even when I was younger and would fantasize about randomly meeting Prince Harry and falling in love with him, I really didn t know anything about them Confession the second I largely found The Crown boring Everyone recommended it, but it s so slow and I never got invested in the characters particularly Philip fuck Philip As such, I debated about requesting The Gown, but I do love historical fiction and I ve been meaning to read Robson Good choice, past self When I was younger, I devoured all the WWII historical fiction I could get my hands on, but in the last few years, I ve very much burnt out on that subgenre of historical fiction I really like that The Gown is set in the period after WWII as people deal with the aftereffects and try to move forward You don t see as much fiction set during that period because wars make such a dramatic background for fiction, but this period is fascinating too While it s not as overtly dramatic, the political landscape is fascinating, especially because you haven t read it a million times.The Gown is told in three points of view, which trade off consistently The first is Ann Hughes, an English embroiderer Ann s good, hardy English stock, hardworking, honest and kind Briefly, early on, you learn about how her mom gave her serious shit for going for a job as an embroiderer and made her feel like shit, and it immediately made my heart ache for Ann It also made me respect her so much for carrying on and being so loving and kind in spite of her toxic mother When her sister in law moves to Canada, she tells her to go, even though it would be easier for Ann to convince her to stay Ann s such a genuinely good person Ann s plot line kinda broke my heart tbh, but on that later.The second POV is Miriam Dassin, an embroiderer from France She emigrates because she cannot bear to live in France any after everything that happened during Nazi occupation Ann s Jewish, and, though she managed to avoid detection, her family didn t, and she s haunted by everything that happened and dealing with survivor s guilt of having continued to work and live like normal Miriam s a badass, intelligent, enormously talented, fierce af defending her friends, and strong of will and character Of the three heroines, I felt the closest bond to Miriam.The third POV is Heather Mackenzie in the present day Her grandmother, Ann, has just recently passed and left her a box of embroideries Neither Heather nor her mother knew that Ann embroidered, and Heather, having just been laid off, sets off to England to research her beloved grandmother who had a whole life in England none of the family knew about.The first half of the book went rather slowly for me Unless I m really into each POV, switching POVs makes me want to take a break after each chapter, and it s not a high action book Instead, there s a lot of detail about each woman s daily life and the embroidery work It s very good but didn t captivate me At about the halfway point, love interests appear for each girl and everything begins to come together, and I flew through the rest of the book.In some ways, The Gown reminded me of Hidden Figures, because both are about talented women history tends to ignore Never before had I thought about all the women behind all those famous male designers I love books and movies that draw focus to all the work women did, only for all the praise to go to men I also like that it s focused in on this microcosm of history, with the big political happenings of the day and the actual royal wedding a sort of distant backdrop heard over the wireless after work and before bed.The resolution of the plot lines was satisfying though very much bittersweet I liked the romances, particularly Heather s, and I even liked the open endedness there as well as the way Miriam was adorably shipping it But I also liked the handling of the hard stuff view spoiler Ann s rape was incredibly hard to read, and I cried as she dealt with the reality that she was pregnant What I liked though was that Ann knew she wanted the baby and that, though she was single for the rest of her life, she genuinely seemed to be happier that way It s rare that you see a female character happy being single, and I appreciate that aspect You can see clearly how that rape affected her for the rest of her life, and that too is well done But my god is she a strong woman hide spoiler In the end, this book made me feel so many feelings The three POVs ended up feeling very, very necessary, and they all have their own independent, very disparate stories that meld together very well The Gown is excellent historical fiction, probably especially so if you re actually into royal weddings and or The Crown p flag 7 likesLike see review Dec 11, 2018 Jenn rated it it was amazing Shelves canadian eh, favourites, historical fiction Wow I am a huge fan of Jennifer Robson s historical fiction and The Gown continues the love affair I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a high tea with Jennifer Robson and Kate Quinn and receive advance copies of each of their new novels I read The Gown in about a day and a half The characters became like family, and even though I m the furthest thing from a fashionista, I found the details of the dressmaking mesmerizing Having read and loved Goodnight from London, I was thrilled t Wow I am a huge fan of Jennifer Robson s historical fiction and The Gown continues the love affair I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a high tea with Jennifer Robson and Kate Quinn and receive advance copies of each of their new novels I read The Gown in about a day and a half The characters became like family, and even though I m the furthest thing from a fashionista, I found the details of the dressmaking mesmerizing Having read and loved Goodnight from London, I was thrilled that one of my favourite characters from that story found their way into The Gown and got what they deserved I will admit to being enthralled by the recent Royal Weddings of Prince William and Prince Harry, but The Gown takes us back to the Royal Wedding that of Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten in 1947 After a long war that had taken its toll on England some of which was richly described in Goodnight From London , there was now a chance to celebrate as a nation Even though the country had not recovered yet and was still dealing with rationing of clothing, food, and other necessities, the royal wedding was a cause for hope and the centerpiece of the wedding was, of course The Gown.The book moves seamlessly between 2016 in Toronto and 1947 England With two characters in the past and one in the present, the story of the creation of a wedding dress that was so much than a wedding dress comes together perfectly Beginning with Ann s story, we hear about the toll the extended rationing was having on the lives of everyday Britons the chilly nights because there wasn t enough coal to keep the fire lit, the tea getting progressively weaker as pots were steeped and re steeped, the bland porridge that was a staple because it was filling and warm We hear about the lengths women went to in order to secure work, the long train rides, and the societal expectations of courtship and marriage made difficult by the thousands of war widows Ann found work soon after leaving school as an embroiderer at Norman Hartnell one of the fashion houses that designed for the Royal Family.We are then introduced to Miriam an accomplished embroiderer from the fashion houses of Paris Running from her past in France, where her parents and grandfather had been killed for their faith and she had only narrowly escaped the same fate only to wind up in a prisoner of war camp for aiding the Resistance, Miriam is starting fresh She and Ann become friends, and then roommates when Ann needs someone to share her flat with after her sister in law emigrates to Canada Miriam and Ann are Hartnell s best embroiderers and work together on the Princess gown, even adding a special touch to the train The third strong woman in the book is Heather, Ann s granddaughter Living in Toronto, Heather s life is turned upside down when she loses her Nan As far as Heather knows, her Nan moved to Canada shortly after the war Heather has no inkling that her grandmother was an embroiderer working at one of England s finest fashion houses until she finds a piece of fabric and a photo while going through her Nan s things This sets her off on a mission to find out the family history that she didn t even know she was missing The three stories are woven together like a fine fabric The storytelling is rich, the scenes exquisitely set, and no detail is spared I could see the workroom at Hartnell s with embroidery frames spread across it, a women at each frame working painstakingly at these tiny works of art The Gown is about the making of Princess Elizabeth s wedding dress, but it is so much than that It is a tale of friendships, families, and love A story of redemption, perseverance, and triumph but also of heartbreak and betrayal Most of all, The Gown is the story of three strong women, over the span of seventy years, doing what they could to survive and thrive in a world where everything they knew was changing flag 4 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Librari Incorrect page count 2 8 Jan 19, 2019 01 43PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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      Jennifer Robson first learned about the Great War from her father, acclaimed historian Stuart Robson, and later served as an official guide at the Canadian National War Memorial at Vimy Ridge, France A former copy editor, she holds a doctorate in British economic and social history from the University of Oxford She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and young children.

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    1. I won The Gown in a giveaway 4.5 StarsI m going to be perfectly honest with you The Gown is a great book and I loved it for its entertainment value Its a beautifully written story and the characters are so alive that they just suck you in.But I also loved this book because it was my first time winning a giveaway So that definitely did get factored into my rating I m just being honest It felt good to win a free book that I was actually really interested in reading I, like a lot o I won The Gown [...]


    2. Even though this historical fiction book revolves around the making of Queen Elizabeth s wedding gown, there surprisingly is a fair amount of depth to the story I actually picked this one up because I thought it would be a nice escape from some stressful life events and while it certainly provided a welcome distraction, I did find myself feeling emotionally invested in some of the characters than I initially had predicted Sometimes a book finds a way into your hands at the perfect time an Even [...]


    3. 5 stars to this story of strength and friendship Happy New Year to all my friends Told in three voices over two time periods, The Gown is a stunning story In 1947 London, knee deep in a harsh winter with heavy rationing, the war has left its indelible mark Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin are embroiderers working at the famous Mayfair owned by Norman Hartnell Why is Hartnell famous For designing clothing for the princesses And what is the assignment of the 20th centu 5 stars to this story of streng [...]


    4. I had a chance to read this for a cover quote, and devoured it My quote Jennifer Robson embroiders life, friendship, and hope into the somber gray world of post war London every bit as skillfully as her seamstress heroines embroider crystal flowers into the folds of a royal wedding dress Miriam and Ann are both battling inner demons when they meet in the backroom of England s most famous couture house, but the chance of a lifetime the task of embroidering Princess Elizabeth s gown for the w I ha [...]


    5. I admit that I requested The Gown because I was struck by that stunning cover and the title I m admittedly an enormous anglophile and lover of the British monarchy so when I saw the picture of the then Princess Elizabeth in her gorgeous wedding gown, I knew this book would blow me away Did it ever But not for any of the reasons that I thought it would I expected to mostly read about the young lovestruck princess and her handsome soon to be husband but instead, Jennifer Robson has carefull [...]


    6. While The Gown is a heartfelt tale about the creation of Princess Elizabeth s wedding gown, it is also ultimately the story of three women who strive to find their place in the world and how each deals with love, loss, and family The book is told in a dual timeline format with Miriam s and Ann s stories taking place in 1947, and Heather s in 2016 In the midst of the harshest winter in memory and shortages still resulting from the war, England welcomes the engagement of Princess Elizabeth to Li W [...]


    7. Thank you TLC Book Tours for gifting me a copy of The Gown in exchange for an honest review.It is no secret that Historical Fiction is my favorite genre to read and The Royal Family are my favorite people to obsess over So, of course, I would have to read The Gown, a fictionalized account of the Norman Hartwell s fashion house as they created Princess Elizabeth s wedding gown in 1947 The story focuses on Ann Hughes and Miriam Dessin, two young girls working for Mr Hartwell The story jumps ah Tha [...]


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