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Dressing the Dearloves by Kelly Doust
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really liked it
bookshelves: 2018-release, aussie-authors, historical-fiction, recommendation-gr-friend, 5000-2019, family, own-read, read-on-kindle
Recommended to Brenda by: Veronica ⭐️

Sylvie Dearlove was shattered when her fashion business failed, so she fled the US for her childhood home in England, leaving her boyfriend Ben behind. Heading back to Bledesford with her best friend from London, they were both shocked at the state of the beautiful old country house. Sylvie hadn’t seen her parents in years, so had no idea the home was in such a state of disrepair. With her great-grandmother, Lizzie – in her nineties and frail – plus her mother and father, living in Bledesford, and grandmother Gigi in a cottage on the property, Sylvie had been trying to convince them for a decade to sell. Now that it was going to happen, she was a little disconcerted – especially after the discovery in the attic.

Uncovering secrets from her family’s long ago past, along with the dusty and faded clothing of an era when women’s dress was elaborate and the height of fashion, Sylvie felt bemused by it all. But she was also excited. Could it change the family’s future – the future of Bledesford? The more she learned about the past, the more she knew she needed the answers before her future was assured.

I struggled at the beginning of Dressing the Dearloves by Aussie author Kelly Doust, putting it aside and reading another book before getting back to it today. I’m glad I kept going as it improved greatly from about half way through. I didn’t like Sylvie that much at the beginning either, but she came into her own as the novel moved forward. And Lizzie wasn’t a nice character at all. But the rest of the characters, both current day and in the long ago past were well drawn – Victoria was exceptional. Dressing the Dearloves is a slow burning historical fiction novel which I can confidently recommend.
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Reading Progress

October 25, 2018 – Shelved
October 25, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
October 25, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018-release
October 25, 2018 – Shelved as: aussie-authors
October 25, 2018 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
October 25, 2018 – Shelved as: recommendation-gr-friend
April 23, 2019 – Started Reading
April 25, 2019 – Shelved as: 5000-2019
April 25, 2019 – Shelved as: family
April 25, 2019 – Shelved as: own-read
April 25, 2019 – Shelved as: read-on-kindle
April 25, 2019 – Finished Reading

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Jeanette Lewis Great review,😊😊 just about to start this book

Brenda Thanks Jeanette - just remember to stick with it :)

Veronica ⭐️ I’m glad it came through for you in the end seeing as I recommended it 😀. I loved it. It was so cleverly written.

Brenda Thanks Veronica :) I wished I'd enjoyed it as much as you did...

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