The Paris Seamstress (Free Preview: Chapters 1-4)
1940: As the Germans advance upon Paris, young seamstress Estella Bissette is forced to flee everything she's ever known. She's bound for New York City with her signature
Current day, Fabienne Bissette is in NYC to spend time with her grandmother, Estella. As Fabienne celebrates her grandmother's legacy, the secrets, tragedies and loves of her past are ...more
Four named "characters" were indeed real people Harry Thaw (he really did the murder described). Evelyn Nesbit (she was really raped by both Harry and Stanford), John Barrymore (the actor) and Stanford White.
In the days before the Nazis stormed Paris, Estella and her mother worked in a fashion house. Estella's mother insists that Estella leave Paris and go to America to be safe. Crossing the Atlantic the ship (SS Washington) is nearly ...more
This section of The Paris Seamstress was so enthralling - beautifully descriptive and deeply emotional. The characters are relatable and honest, and Estella is such a strong female protagonist. I can't wait ...more
In 1940, young seamstress Estella Bissette is forced to flee Paris as the Nazi’s and German army advance into her beloved city. Leaving everything she loves behind, Estella ends up in New York City with her signature gold dress she designed, a few dollars in her pocket and her dream of opening her own fashion house.
In the present day, Fabienne Bissette, Estella’s granddaughter, helps open up the Met Gala’s exhibit featuring the work of her grandmother within the fashion world. But as Fabienne ...more
The books begins with the story of Estella, a young seamstress who, in 1940 Paris, dreams to become a fashion designer With the Germans beginning their invasion of France, and after finding herself helping the Allies, Estella is forced to flee to New York and to leave he mother behind.
These sample chapters swept me off my feet. The setting, the ...more
It starts in the year 1940. Estella is a seamstress in Paris who is forced to leave to America when ...more
The Paris Seamstress consists of two alternating plot lines throughout the book. One thread involves Estella Bissette, a young Paris seamstress who must flee to New York during WWII as Nazis invade France. The other thread involves Fabienne Bissette, Estella's granddaughter, who lives in Australia and travels to New York to see her dying grandmother.
Estella's story drives the book forward with dynamic events and developed characters. The plot around Fabienne slows the story's pace and feels like...more
I would recommend this book for an fun and ...more
Estella Bissette flees Paris in 1940 with little but her custom signature dress, her sewing machine and a few francs leaving behind her mother and her life. In New York she attempts to make a life as a designer, but once in New York she learns the truth about her parents.
In the present day Fabienne, Estella's granddaughter, mourning the recent loss of her father, begins to discover the layers of family secrets.
I enjoyed this book. It was a relatively quick read. Some of the story line ...more
With her dear Maman and beloved Paris ...more
Prior to writing, she worked as a marketing executive for L’Oreal, managing the Maybelline brand, before returning to university to study creative writing.
Her first historical novel, the bestselling A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald, was published in 2016. This was ...more