The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding
“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
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’...more
This says the title is "The Gown" and is a 2019 publication.…moreOnly this come up when searching one of the ISBNs
This says the title is "The Gown" and is a 2019 publication.
No idea how accurate it is...
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
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 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
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
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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
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
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
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 ...more
Wow 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' ...more
The characters in this book were richly developed. I enjoyed the way the book was constructed with the three main characters taking turns tel ...more
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 ...more
Ann and Miriam work as embroiderers for beloved English fashion designer Norman Hartnell during the 1940s when he was commissioned to create the the ...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
Kudos 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 ...more