The Gown

The Gown

A Novel of the Royal Wedding

Book - 2019
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London, 1947: Besieged by the harshest winter in living memory, burdened by onerous shortages and rationing, the people of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet desperation despite their nation's recent victory. Among them are Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, embroiderers at the famed Mayfair fashion house of Norman Hartnell. Together they forge an unlikely friendship, but their nascent hopes for a brighter future are tested when they are chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime honor: taking part in the creation of Princess Elizabeth's wedding gown.
Publisher: New York, New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780062674951
9780062884275
Characteristics: 371, 16 pages ;,24 cm.

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lilypad_1
Apr 22, 2019

Interesting book about behind the scenes making of Princess Elizabeths's wedding gown after WW2. I don't think people realize how long it took England to recover from the war, how long people there still had rationed food, low wages, poverty and shortage of housing from the Blitz, not to mention losses of another generation of soldiers so soon after WW1. I enjoy reading anything by this author. I wonder why so many novels have unwed mothers?

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Bookworm2228
Apr 17, 2019

4 1/2 - 5 star read. To be upfront about it, I have read all of Robson's books and really like them. But this was by far the best so far. Robson takes us inside the fashion house of Norman Hartnell. We meet a lovely group of seamstresses and embroiderers and share their excitement when the house wins the commission to make the wedding dress of Princess Elizabeth for her wedding to Philip Mountbatten. Two of the young women are the focus of the book, Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, two top embroiderers in the house. Ann is a local girl and Miriam is a refugee from WW II occupied France. We learn about their experiences of war time and living in the ration and austerity filled time after the War. We also meet, Heather who lives in present day Toronto and is very close to her Nan. When her Nan dies, she leaves some exquisite embroideries for Heather and Heather ends up going to London looking for clues to her Nan's very secretive past. This was such a wonderful read. Robson has a gift for immersing the reader in her characters and their lives and this was no exception. I loved it.

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kathyonpost
Mar 08, 2019

A captivating but fictional account of the lives of the ladies who embroidered the Queen's dress and train in post war London. Alternating between 1947 London and present day Toronto, it is the story of a granddaughter's search to learn more about the life of her Nan who was born in Britain and worked for the dressmaker to the Queen. It's such a lovely story, the only disappointment is to realize the characters are not real.

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BeckyR21
Mar 03, 2019

This was an enjoyable read. My first Jennifer Robson book, and it did not disappoint. Great characters in all three storylines; Ann and Miriam were particularly compelling. A couple of mysteries that were pieced together nicely, and a satisfying ending.

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jeanie123
Mar 02, 2019

I really thought there would be a lot of historical points of interest in this book, but it is a romance novel and not at all what I was hoping for. There are some touching moments between Ann and Miriam but the rest is entirely predictable and could have taken place in any setting. Overall, I was disappointed in this book.

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GoneWithTheThread
Feb 21, 2019

While Jennifer Robson's writing is good, this story is very predictable in its story lines. Especially if you are a fan and have read, books that go between the past and present. Overall a good book, but could have been a lot more interesting.

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mls2
Jan 29, 2019

Historical fiction with characters that I wanted to befriend-a great story. Couldn’t wait to get back to it each time I put it down!

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dontbugmeimreading
Jan 26, 2019

Really enjoyed this book, the first I've read by this author.
It seems a shame that with all the hours of work that goes into this wedding gown, it's only worn for a few hours and then put away where no one can see it until it's put on exhibition many decades later.

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NataliaKas
Jan 17, 2019

Historical Fiction, England after WW II

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Jan 12, 2019

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