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One dress. Three generations of women. A lifetime of love.

In Paris, 1958, Grace Kelly’s royal wedding dress is still all the rage in fashion circles. Rose, a seamstress at a famous atelier, has just been entrusted with sewing another gown in its image. An orphan, she needs her job to survive. But when Rose finds herself in love with the bride’s handsome brother, she must
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Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Graydon House
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    Katie B
    3.5 stars

    Maybe other readers will disagree but I was hoping for a little more heart to the story. I did enjoy the book especially the seamstress parts of the story, but emotionally it fell kinda flat. I feel like this had the potential to be a teary-eyed type of story but I didn't quite get there.

    Rocky is super successful in the tech world and is engaged to be married. A Grace Kelly inspired wedding dress has been worn by other women in her family and now it's Rocky's turn to wear the gown. The
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    Theresa Alan
    Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Janowitz writes a novel told by three different women in three different periods of history. That is not easy to do, but she masterfully keeps the story moving by making the chapters short and the pacing spot on.

    The story revolves around a bridal gown that three different women wore and passed down to her daughter. Each generation wants to make alterations to the dress, which was originally modeled to look like Grace Kelly’s wedding dress. In 1982, Joan wants to have puffy sleeves like Princess
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    Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    Where are my dual timeline historical fiction fans at? Personally for me, I love a historical novel that breaks up the past with a present day narrative and theorizing how the two timelines come together is one of my favorite things to do with these novels. Well, Janowitz ups the ante in The Grace Kelly Dress with a TRIPLE narrative - and it pays off.

    The Grace Kelly Dress is set in 1958, the 1980s & 2020 - each time period focusing on a wedding, a family and of course, a wedding dress.
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    Megan
    Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz follows three generations of women and a dress inspired by the iconic wedding dress of Grace Kelly. This is a charming and heartwarming story; it moves seamlessly between the lives of a grandmother, mother and daughter. Each woman has a captivating and unique voice but I enjoyed that the three women had the same spirit. While their love stories were all different, the wedding dress has a clear impact on all of their lives. The author handled three ...more
    Sally Stieglitz
    I enjoyed the story more than the writing, which often felt filled with cliches. Also, it's a pet peeve of mine that writers should never describe a character by saying s/he resembled [insert famous person]. That aside, there is certainly quite a bit of charm to this tale of 3 brides and their families. The Grace Kelly dress is character as well and the story of its design and construction is one of the strongest aspects of the book. There's supposed to be a plot twist but honestly it was what I ...more
    joyce w. laudon
    Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
    The Grace Kelly dress is, of course, inspired by the beautiful wedding gown that Grace Kelly wore although this story is not about Grace Kelly. Rather, it is about three women and one wedding dress that was inspired by the one worn by Princess Grace.

    Rose's story begins in the 1950s in Paris. Rosee is an orphan who works in an atelier as a seamstress. The very talented Rose makes a wedding dress for the lovely Diana and, while doing so, they become friends despite the class barriers. Rose is
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    Meghan
    Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: library
    This book was received as an ARC from HARLEQUIN - Graydon House Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

    I was mesmerized by this book of the magic and history Brenda Janowitz incorporated throughout this book with the stories of Rose and Rachel. All of the plots had to do with love and the conflict that comes with it all because they want to recreate the magic that was once Grace Kelly's wedding dress. I was speechless and
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    Pam
    Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Cute. Light weight. Was just ok for me. I loved the author’s The Dinner Party so had high hopes. The book focuses on three women and one of the stories felt very incomplete to me like it was wrapped up quickly because Book was almost over. Overall kind of a let down.
    Sue
    Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This beautifully written novel is about a wedding dress and three generations of women who wore it. It's a story about tradition versus individuality all reflected through the wedding dress and the three women who wore it.

    Paris, 1958. Rose is a seamstress at a popular shop where the elite have their wedding dresses made. The wedding dress that Grace Kelly wore several years earlier is still very popular and many women want a wedding dress just like hers. Due to an unforeseen circumstance, Rose
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    Natalie
    Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
    I was of two minds about the book. Some of it was decent reading, but it seemed like Janowitz used some bizarre formula to pull it together. Facts changed, stereotypes were followed and then others were reversed. Let’s call the bride Rocky and her flirty, girly sister who is a lesbian, Amanda.

    The story of 3 women and the beautiful gown they wore was just very bungled. Rose, the little seamstress grew up as an orphan in 1940’s Paris, but Janowitz fails to mention WW II, which might help us
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    Michelle
    Three women, of three different generations are tied together in this story by a wedding dress.

    Rose made the wedding dress, it was inspired by Grace Kelly’s wedding dress.

    Joanie wore the dress in the 1980’s. The dress was her mother’s wedding dress.

    I’m 2020, Rachel AKA “Rocky” is to wear the wedding dress. She doesn’t like the dress. She respects the tradition and she doesn’t want to hurt her mother or grandmother’s feelings but she does not like the dress.

    Each of the woman’s story is told.
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    Rachel McRady
    Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    As a longtime fan of Brenda’s work, I can confidently say this is her best book to date. I was lucky enough to score an advanced copy and can’t wait to share this book with my friends and family. It is a triumph for Women’s Fiction. The way she effortlessly weaves the three storylines together, giving each leading lady her due, is truly remarkable. I cared about each of the main characters equally and loved where their stories took them. In my busy day I rarely get time to read much but I made ...more
    Heather Webb
    Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Being a Grace Kelly fan myself, I thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully rendered tale of family, legacy, and love. Janowitz expertly weaves together three narratives with a compelling cast of women, and I cared deeply for them all. I can't help but be a sucker for historical threads so Rose was a favorite, but I enjoyed Rocky's spunk, and was endeared to Joan and her struggles with a life-long secret. Well-paced and satisfying, THE GRACE KELLY DRESS is a wonderful read.
    Kimberly Mussell
    A sentimental timepiece is the only way to describe this novel.
    I absolutely loved this novel.
    Stefanie Geitz
    Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I became interested by the title. My mother was intrigued with Grace Kelly and how her life somewhat mirrored hers. They both married in 1956, had three children and the youngest had the same name.
    This is an interesting story told from three generations about the same dress. Each chapter is from a different decade but easy to follow.
    Sue Seligman
    Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    Falguni Kothari
    Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Three generations of women linked together by one wedding gown - a dress that is styled to emulate the famous wedding gowns of princesses.
    The Grace Kelly Dress does a wonderful job of showing us what brides go through in the months leading up to their wedding. How sometimes heirlooms are more like albatrosses. And how the meaning of love changes from person to person and time to time.
    Janet
    Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing "cool" to do but reading sitting in front of the a/c as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader. (Yes it is hot and humid in Canada!)

    I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

    Two years after
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    Yolanda
    Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
    **Review will be posted on my blog on 3/4/20**

    **3.5 STARS**

    Thank you to Graydon House Books and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this eARC.

    The Grace Kelly Dress weaves a story about the lives of three women in the same family tied to a single dress. We meet a talented dressmaker Rose, who is working at an atelier in Paris. The story of her daughter Joan takes place in the 80’s, growing up in a different time with different dreams. Then to round it off is Rocky, Joan’s daughter, who is
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    Julia
    Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I went into this book thinking it was going to be akin to Jennifer Robson's THE GOWN, which was all about the making of Princess/Queen Elizabeth's wedding dress. That is to say, I thought THE GRACE KELLY DRESS was going to revolve around the design and making of Grace Kelly's wedding dress. That was not the case. This book should more aptly be titled, THE GRACE KELLY KNOCK-OFF DRESS, because that's the dress in question. The book is a triplicate narrative, following three characters who will ...more
    Sandra
    Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    If you’re looking for a light read, The Grace Kelly Dress is a perfect choice. Told in three, alternating points of view, the book takes readers from Paris in the late 1950s to modern-day New York City. We meet Rose, an orphaned seamstress in Paris who unwittingly finds herself designing an important wedding gown meant to mimic Grace Kelly’s. Rose feels that designing the dress could get her in trouble and that feeling is intensified when she begins to fall in love with the bride’s brother. Fast ...more
    Taffy
    Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2019
    Opening line:
    "She hated the dress."

    Rocky, Joan and Rose all share a couple of things in common: a wedding dress and family. But all is not as it seems with each person and how they come to grips with what they want in their lives and what they think their mothers or mentors want of them, including the wedding dress.
    Rose is a successful seamstress in Paris in 1958 who falls in love with the wrong man. I really, really wanted this story to finish with who she marries and where they live, etc.
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    Elizabeth
    I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review. I've read every one of Brenda Janowitz's books. The Grace Kelly Dress is a refreshing departure from my usual mystery thriller and YA's. Three generations of women about to marry, in 3 very distinct decades are depicted: Rose in the 1950's (1958); Joanie in 1982, and Rocky (nickname for Rachel) in 2020.

    Rose is a seamstress for a legendary fashion /wedding dress designer in Paris. She gets a unique
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    Linda Weber
    Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
    I received an ARC of this book by Brenda Janowitz as a Goodreads giveaway and I thank the publisher and the author for this early chance to read and review.

    I was drawn into the giveaway because of “Grace Kelly” in the title. I love to read anything about her. In this case it was totally about a beautiful wedding gown created in the style of Grace Kelly’s gown. It appears that every young bride during that time wanted a dress similar to the Princess!

    The story was written in 3 time lines - 1 dress
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    Pam
    Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it
    I admit that this book is exactly the sort of book that I always love.

    It has everything that I look for when looking for a light women’s fiction - it takes place in multiple time frames, it involves women and their relationships, it incorporates fashion and sewing and for good measure part of it takes place in Paris.

    The main character of the story is the dress, it’s what ties all three women together. The women are Rose, the seamstress from 1958 who actually sews the dress. Her daughter
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    Becca  Buncie
    Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
    The Grace Kelly dress tells the story of 3 generations of women through the wedding dress they share. The story is told through three timelines where we come to know how each of the women came to wear the dress. Each of the women has experienced a significant loss in their lives and each of them seeks to pave their own way in the world, which results in pushing away those who matter most. Each woman makes changes to the dress to suit themselves as they find out what matters most in their lives. ...more
    Jessie May
    I love reading historical fiction, particularly about famous royal women such as Grace Kelly, so I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, I was left with mixed feelings after reading.

    What I liked:
    I enjoyed the split timelines focusing on the three generations of women who would wear the wedding dress. Rocky's story was my favorite and I enjoyed Rose's, but Joanie's fell a bit flat for me. It was fun to read about each woman as they planned their wedding, or in Rose's case made the
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    Carolyn
    Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
    The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz is thoughtful, well written novel which follows the history of one particular wedding dress, from its creation to its third wearing by the granddaughter of its original owner. Told in three voices, by the dressmaker who made it for a society woman in the style of Grace Kelly's wedding gown, by the second wearer of the dress who had it altered to add Princess Diana sleeves, and by the third wearer, who doesn't want to wear it all, it's an engrossing story ...more
    Linda Stasi
    Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Got an advance copy, and loved every sentence of this book. Brenda Janowitz is one of those writers who puts you square in the middle of every scene in every locale and inside the mores of each time and place. In this one it's 2020 Brooklyn, 1958 Paris and 1982 Long Island with three generations of women and one dress: The so-called Grace Kelly wedding dress.
    The wedding dress, like the three generations of women whose lives were impacted by both its creation and its history, is woven layer by
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    Janine
    Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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