The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding
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“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 Network
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This says the title is "The Gown" and is a 2019 publication.
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I assume it probably will be a 2019 book, so more details will come the closer to the end of the year. (less)
I'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 ...more
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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 ...more
"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 ...more
Jennifer Robson rarely disappoints me and I always look forward to seeing where she is going to take her readers next. The Gown is referring to the wedding dress of the young Princess Elizabeth that she wore when she wed Philip Mountbatten in 1947. But this is not told from Elizabeth's point of view, rather, Robson, decides to focus on the women that worked on the young royal's dre ...more
The Line - ”The Queen gave you a pot of heather?”
The Sinker - The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding is told in dual timelines, 2006 in Canada, and 1947 in Great Britain as the Princess readies to marry.
In 2016, Heather Mackenzie's grandmother dies, leaving her a box of embroidered ...more
Let me start by saying I'm a devoted,"Royal Watcher." It all started when I was 11 years old and saw Lady Diana Spencer marry Prince Charles. Watching it felt like a fairytale coming true. The beautiful, young, bride with the long flowing "Princess" gown displayed in its full glory along the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral took my breath away. That started my interest and it grew into the whole British Royal Family and then eventually to all European Royal Families. (Prin ...more
It was for England in 1947 and the world longed for a bit of time when they could forget their troubles and revel in the beautiful fairly tale wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Philip Mountbatten. Englanders was ready for some happiness, some joy in their lives, and this wedding, this dress, this occasion would be just the ticket for some hours of gaiety after the long hard won war.
Told with a well thought out, well researched background, we are led into the world of the ...more
The book is so evocative and enchanting, I love historical fictions merged with royal Families within, the drama and the plot gets very interesting and intriguing in different angles, reading this will give you mixed emotions and for sure y ...more
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 ...more
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The Gown is a captivating, sentimental tale predominantly set in London post-WWII, as well as present day, that follows the lives of three main characters. Ann, a young talented embroider employed by the esteemed Norman Hartnell; Miriam, a Holocaust survivor and émigré from France who becomes Ann's coworker and close friend; and Heather, Ann's granddaughter who after discovering embroidered flowers in her grandmother's possessions after her passing ...more
The 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 more robust.
Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin are working for the famous designer Normal Hartnell in t ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The Gown is, in part, a behind-the-scenes story of the making of Princess (Queen) Elizabeth’s wedding gown. As the people of England endure a harsh winter and post war shortages and rationing, news of a Royal wedding brightens the country’s spirit. Told from two perspectives, we hear the imagined story of two young women who work for the famous fashion house of Norman Hartnell. Although the girls are accustomed to working on exclusive gowns for high profile clients and the Royal family ...more
You guuuys!! I did so love this book.
As an avid reader of Historical Fiction, getting my hands on a copy of this book was a no brainer. But I think this book would appeal to more than just Historical Fiction buffs or fans of the Royal family. The focus isn't on Princess (now Queen) Elizabeth and her royal peeps but on three unknown women. Miriam ...more
Enough. Enough. It was done, and over, and she'd forget him soon enough, because she had never been the sort of girl to sit around and lick her wounds and moan about how life was unfair. That's what her mum taught her. "Chin up," she'd always said when Ann had come to her in tears about something awful that had happened. A teacher had been cruel at school, her cat had run away, awful Billy from round the corner had pulled her pigtails and said no one would ever kiss her because of her ginger hair. "Just keep your chip up, Ann, and you can face anything," Mum had said. "And don't look back, no matter what you do." Her mum had never been one for hugs or soft words, but she had been honest, and most of the time she'd been right, too. So chin up it was, and no looking back.”