The Dressmaker's Gift


      The Dressmaker's Gift
A Washington Post and Charts bestsellerFrom the bestselling author of The Beekeeper s Promise comes a gripping story of three young women faced with impossible choices How will history and their families judge them Paris, 1940 With the city occupied by the Nazis, three young seamstresses go about their normal lives as best they can But all three are hiding secrets War scarred Mireille is fighting with the Resistance Claire has been seduced by a German officer and Vivienne s involvement is something she can t reveal to either of them.Two generations later, Claire s English granddaughter Harriet arrives in Paris, rootless and adrift, desperate to find a connection with her past Living and working in the same building on the Rue Cardinale, she learns the truth about her grandmother and herself and unravels a family history that is darker and painful than she ever imagined.In wartime, the three seamstresses face impossible choices when their secret activities put them in grave danger Brought together by loyalty, threatened by betrayal, can they survive history s darkest era without being torn apart Read The Dressmaker's Gift – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com

Fiona Valpy spent seven years living in France, having moved there from the UK in 2007 She and her family renovated an old, rambling farmhouse in the Bordeaux winelands, during which time she developed new found skills in cement mixing, interior decorating and wine tasting All of these inspirations, along with a love for the place, the people and their history, have found their way into the books she s written, which have been translated into German, Norwegian, Czech, Slovenian and Turkish.Fiona now lives in Scotland, but enjoys regular visits to France in search of the sun Sign up to be the first to hear about my NEW releases here promise not to share your e mail and I ll only contact you when a new book is out

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 286 pages
  • The Dressmaker's Gift
  • Fiona Valpy
  • English
  • 19 February 2017

10 thoughts on “ The Dressmaker's Gift

  1. says:

    3.5 starsThis novel follows other modern historical fiction trends the modern day character, Harriet, finds an old photograph in box that shows her grandmother as a young lady with two other girls, and Harriet then makes it her goal to uncover the past of her familial history concerning her grandmother, Claire.The first chapter was very clich Harriet moves to Paris obtaining a job in the same building that her grandmother, Claire, worked in And, she settles in the same apartment that her 3.5 starsThis novel follows other modern historical fiction trends the modern day character, Harriet, finds an old photograph in box that shows her grandmother as a young lady with two other girls, and Harriet then makes it her goal to uncover the past of her familial history concerning her grandmother, Claire.The first chapter was very clich Harriet moves to Paris obtaining a job in the same building that her grandmother, Claire, worked in And, she settles in the same apartment that her grandmother lived in And, Harriet s roommate in that apartment happens to be the granddaughter of one of the girls in the picture who also lived in that same apartment Very convenient beginning.But the story does get better and becomes entertaining.The synopsis provided is accurate, for the most part The three seamstresses in 1940, Claire Harriet s grandmother , Mireille, and Vivienne, live together in a small apart...

  2. says:

    Making the hand rocking motion.The grandmothers story was interesting and good The granddaughter s story was not so interesting, and the coincidences required a suspension of disbelief beyond what I could muster Also, the granddaughter was, well, kind of annoying and weak th...

  3. says:

    Dissenting opinionI picked this free book through theFirst Reads program or something like that I love stories set in WWII and I am always looking to read something from a different angle I enjoy books that move back and forth in time and reading about a character in the present discovering something about their family I also enjoy sewing as a hobby So the description of this book rang a lot of happy bells for me I m sad that it fell so short In terms of storytelling ...

  4. says:

    Fantastic with one small noteFantastic book It was gripping and suspenseful, painful and emotional, uplifting and allegorical for the times My one note is that the story of the three seamstresses is set up to be revealed to Harriet through some letters I don t want to say any spoilers so I ll just say that it seems unlikely that the person writing the letters would have such in depth knowledge of events that took place without him her I loved the idea behind the letters but it was hard to Fantastic with one small noteFantastic book It was gripping and suspenseful, painful and emotional, uplifting and allegorical for the times My one note is that the story of the three seamstresses is set up to be revealed to Harriet through some letters I don t want to say any spoilers so I ll just say that it seems unlikely that the person writing the letters would have such in depth knowledge of events that ...

  5. says:

    A hauntingly beautiful story This book was completely immersive and really transports you back through time It s rare I read wartime stories that actually depict everything how it actually was rather than romanticizing everything Very down to earth book with relatable characters.

  6. says:

    Thanks to NetGalley,Publishing UK and Fiona Valpy for my copy of her new book The Dressmaker s Gift I have read her previous book The Beekeeper s Promise and I loved it.Paris, 1940 The city is occupied by the Nazis, three young French seamstresses Claire, Mireille and Vivienne are kept busy sewing beautiful dresses for German officers wives and their mistresses.The girls share a tiny apartment, it s situated on the top floor of the fashion house where they work and the three girls Thanks to NetGalley,Publishing UK and Fiona Valpy for my copy of her new book The Dressmaker s Gift I have read her previous book The Beekeeper s Promise and I loved it.Paris, 1940 The city is occupied by the Nazis, three young French seamstresses Claire, Mireille and Vivienne are kept busy sewing beautiful dresses for German officers wives and their mistresses.The girls share a tiny apartment, it s situated on the top floor of the fashion house where they work and the three girls are best friends The French citizens are struggling to survive, basic necessities are in short supply, everything is restricted and taken by the German army Food, clothing, new shoes, fuel to run heaters and cars is hard to find People are being sent to work in Germany, others are arres...

  7. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click hereI see now it is one of the paradoxes of life that if we love it so much that we are frightened of losing it, it can make us live a half life, too scared to get out there and live whole heartedly because we have too much to lose Guided by a photo from her grandmother s past, Harriet finds herself in Paris Desperate to find a sense of identity and recover from her past, she sets about finding out the truth of what happened during World War II, and what became of those three women in the photoI see now it is one of the paradoxes of life that if we love it so much that we are frightened of losing it, it can make us live a half life, too scared to get out there and live whole heartedly because we have too much to lose Guided by a photo from her grandmother s past, Harriet finds herself in Paris Desperate to find a sense of identity and recover from her past, she sets about finding out the truth of what happened during World War II, and what became of those three women in the photoUnfortunately this one wasn t really for me I found the writing quite simplistic at times, and didn t feel the characters were very well written There was no real complexity, and they were all very flim...

  8. says:

    The Dressmaker s Gift by Fiona Valpy is a story that pulls at the heartstrings Set in two time periods, Claire s granddaughter, Harriet travels to France to complete a one year internship in a Paris fashion house in 2017 Her internship includes housing in an apartment on an upper floor of the fashion house While settling, her roommate sees a picture of three women that Harriet places next to her bed Her roommate tells her one of the girls is her grandmother Mirelle Harriet s grandmother, The Dressmaker s Gift by Fiona Valpy is a story that pulls at the heartstrings Set in two time periods, Claire s granddaughter, Harriet travels to France to complete a one year internship in a Paris fashion house in 2017 Her internship includes housing in an apartment o...

  9. says:

    What can I say about Fiona Valpyjust that this first time author to this reader did an outstanding job of keeping me engaged and enjoying a wonderfully written story in 1940 Paris during WWII setting Such a historical story of three women that revealed suspense, painful, and emotional drama I was captivated by the historical parts of the story The friendship between the women was pivotal as their loyalty to one another and their cause was evident and beautiful.Very nice story and recommend What can I say about Fiona Valpyjust tha...

  10. says:

    What an amazing book this turned out to be So sympathetically written, the story slipped seamlessly between present and past intertwining the lives of people and creating a picture of death and sorrow mingled with Joy ...

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