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The Grace Kelly Dress

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  570 ratings  ·  194 reviews
Exactly the type of book I love: charming, smart, and brimming with heart.EMILY GIFFIN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted

Fast paced and entertaining from beginning to end.KRISTIN HANNAH, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale

Two years after Grace Kellys royal wedding, her iconic dress is still all the rage in Parisand one replica,
Kindle Edition, Original Edition, 336 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Graydon House
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Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Three generations of women, from different periods of time and their connection to a heirloom wedding dress that was inspired by Princess Grace of Monaco. As each woman tries to be her true self, there are struggles of the heart and the family. We have dressmaker, Rose in 1958 Paris, daughter Joanie in 1982 and granddaughter, Rachel (Rocky) in 2020 who all alternate chapters in telling the story from their perspectives.

I felt that each of the three characters had a strong voice that made their
A sweet, sentimental, multi generational tale. Brenda Janowitzs storytelling completely swept me up in this enchanting story. Three generations of women connected buy this stunning wedding gown. Rose a Paris seamstress in the late 1950s, Joan a young proper college student in 1982, and her daughter Rocky A rebellious techie in 2020. Each woman had their own voice and their own story to tell. The story jumps around between these three women in short well crafted chapters. I was completely and ...more
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
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 Kellys wedding dress. In 1982, Joan wants to have puffy sleeves like Princess
Jamie beauty_andthebook_
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
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.
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sentimental, heartfelt, and enchanting!

The Grace Kelly Dress is a sweet, captivating tale that takes you on a journey into the lives of three main characters. Rose, a young Paris seamstress employed by the esteemed Madame Michel in the late 1950s to handcraft dresses fashioned after the one worn by Princess Grace; Joan, a college student at NYCU in the 1980s who is struggling with the loss of her sister and a new engagement; and Rocky, an independent, tech CEO whose modern-day, upcoming nuptials
Lisa Leone-campbell
A beautifully written tender love story about three women each a generation apart, one wedding dress and their stories of how they ended up with this iconic Grace Kelly wedding dress.

Rose is a timid French seamstress who reluctantly agrees to make a wedding dress for a well-to-do woman whose only request is that it resemble the wedding dress of Grace Kelly. Very young and naive, as Rose creates the dress she begins to develop feelings for the woman's brother who himself is getting ready to wed.
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful book.

The Grace Kelly Dress is a dual (actually triple) timeline story about a wedding gown that spans three generations of women.

Told from the perspectives of a mother and her daughter and the seamstress that crafted the dress, this novel takes you on a journey about the importance of family, friends, and true love.

I truly connected with each character in this book, which is a rarity for me. I loved Rockys edginess and her need to be uniquely her. I loved Joanies personality and
From the stunning cover to the beautiful story inside, I devoured this book! The Grace Kelly Dress is about so much more than a dress...the love of family that is passed from generation to generation. Love, love this book!
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, arc
In 1956, Grace Kelly fulfills every Disney dream imaginable and marries her real-life prince in a grand and luxurious wedding. Her elegant four-piece wedding gown becomes an instant inspiration to millions of brides around the world, and seamstresses are inundated with requests for wedding dresses in the gowns likeness.


Two years later, Rose, an atelier in a small but renowned Parisian bridal shop, works with a young bride who has requested a dress very similar to Grace Kellys but with a modern
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
A historical novel seeded in traditions, family, love and the history of one particular dress that brings them all together.

I'm not quite sure I'm the exact right reader for this novel as we don't have a lot of traditions within my family and I've never been married. A lot of this didn't really resonate with me. But what I can relate to is the trying on of a dress and the intricacies of the mother/daughter dynamic. My mother and I took a long time for us to understand each other and my favorite
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz was just the type of book I was looking to read during these trying and unprecedented times. I was looking for a book that would be uplifting, one that I could easily get lost in the story and feel lots of varied emotions. This heartfelt and beautiful novel gave me everything I was looking for. It touched upon the importance of family and friends upmost but there were elements of love both new and old and love that was rediscovered in more meaningful ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The only other book I've read by Brenda Janowitz was about a dysfunctional family having a Passover Seder. So I did not know what to expect from The Grace Kelly Dress, but I really enjoyed it and definitely need to go back and read more from this author.

The Grace Kelly Dress is a sweet story about different generations of women and the dress that connects them. I liked all three women (I couldn't even choose a favorite) and how their situations were timely, but also relatable. Sometimes their
Cyndi Becker
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this story to be very enjoyable and a delight to read. The story explores the relationships between three generations of women and their relationship with a dress created in Paris as an ode to the unforgettable wedding gown worn by Grace Kelly.

The story begins with and focuses on, Rocky, daughter of Joanie and granddaughter of Rose. We see them as they experience and reason through their romantic entanglements, and their paths to wedded bliss. With each woman, we follow along as they
Traditions and love!

A story of traditions, of precious things passed down. In this instance a wedding dress modeled on Grace Kelly's.
As the story weaves between the woman who designed the dress, the French
grandmere, the current mother of the bride, and the bride, strands of what it is to love, loss, standing your ground, knowing when to say no, familia relations, the fifties, the seventies and the now are braided to get her with loving care.
There's Rose, the seamstress in the Parisian xx,
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
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute. Light weight. Was just ok for me. I loved the authors 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. ...more
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You dont have to let go of me just to get closer to her. Love makes us stronger, bigger. The heart expands with love. There isnt a finite amount.

The Seamstress
Paris, 1958

This was, by far, the best part of the book and the one I enjoyed the most. Paris in the 1950's? Yes please! Rose was such an inspiring and interesting character.

Mother of the Bride, As a Bride Herself
Long Island, 1982

It was amazing to get such a through backstory on Joan and to have the reasons why she behaves and believes
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This pretty book follows three generations of women inspired by the wedding dress of Grace Kelly.
I enjoyed this charming, heartwarming story. I'm not much of a romance reader anymore but this book felt good and I adore Brenda Janowitz.
I loved the stories behind the grandmother, mother and daughter. They each had such a unique voice and I loved each on their own. I always love multiple timelines and different narratives. I enjoyed each womans journey and how it was tied together at the end.
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great quarantine read because it was entertaining and captivating while also being a light read. I really enjoyed hearing about these three women and how they were all connected by this dress that changed and molded throughout time. It was a beautiful story that got me out of my head a bit and into something marvelous. I highly recommend this read!
mindful.librarian ☀️
(free review copy) I have read and loved all of Brenda's books, and this one definitely did not disappoint. As many of you know I'm a major lover of anything wedding-related in books, and the cover of this one alone made me so joyful everytime I picked it up to read. The story itself is in 3 time periods and narratives, and all center on the same wedding dress. I loved the unknown aspects of the story that were slowly revealed as I read and the connections between the family members throughout. ...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  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachel McRady
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a longtime fan of Brendas work, I can confidently say this is her best book to date. I was lucky enough to score an advanced copy and cant wait to share this book with my friends and family. It is a triumph for Womens 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 this ...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.
Katherine Hayward Pérez
The Grace Kelly Dress gripped me immediately with it's title, and I knew it would be enjoyable. There are three characters that the novel focuses on and different locations.

In Paris in 1958, Madame Michel, the famed owner of a popular and prestigious wedding gown shop, employed a seamstress called Rose to use her knowledge in the trade to craft dresses like Princess Grace wore.

In 1982, Joan (known as Joanie) was a student in New York who is haunted by her sister's death and is trying to adjust
3.5 stars
The Grace Kelly Dress follows the timeline of three different women on the cusp of adulthood and marriage.  They are three generations of women and at the centre is a wedding dress made in the likeness, but not a knock off, of Grace Kelly's dress. The eldest Rose is French and an excellent seamstress living in Paris and working in an atelier in 1958. She will eventually live in the USA.

After Rose marries her daughter Joan wears her wedding dress, and some adjustments are made, now Joan
Linda Zagon
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! Brenda Janowitz, Author of "The Grace Kelly Dress" has written a memorable, heartwarming, enchanting, captivating, riveting and entertaining novel. The Genres for this novel are Fiction and Historical Fiction, and Romance. This is a layered story, and like pieces of a puzzle, they ultimately fit together. I love everything about this novel, and Brenda Janowitz is an amazing storyteller, who vividly describes her characters, events, and landscape. There are three timelines in this story and ...more
Tori Whitaker
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dual-time-period
Brenda Janowitzs latest novel called out to me on so many levels: a story of mothers and daughters, of love and loss, a structure that goes back and forth through time, and an exquisite handmade wedding gown. THE GRACE KELLY DRESS is a fast-paced, emotional read that takes us behind the scenes of a wedding gown designers Paris studio in 1958 to a Long Island sorority girls coming of age in 1982 to a techy entrepreneurs engagement in Brooklyn in 2020. Its quite a feat for an author to write ...more
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Brenda is the author of five novels and the Books Correspondent for PopSugar. Her sixth novel, THE GRACE KELLY DRESS, will be published by Harper Collins/ Graydon House in March 2020. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, Redbook, USA Today, Bustle, The Forward, the New York Post, Publishers Weekly, Hello Giggles, Writers Digest Magazine,, ...more

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