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I admit that I reuested The Gown because I was struck by that stunning cover and the title I m admittedly an enormous anglophile and A Cidade Das Trevas (Dean Koontzs Frankenstein, lover of the British monarchy so when I saw the picture of the then Princess Elizabeth in her gorgeous wedding gown I knew this book would blow me away Did it ever But not for any of the reasons that I thought it would I expected to mostly read about the youngovestruck princess and her handsome soon to be husband but instead Jenni FIVE GLOWING STARS Let me start by saying I m a devotedRoyal Watcher It all started when I was 11 years old and saw Lady Diana Spencer marry Prince Charles Watching it felt ike a fairytale coming true The beautiful young bride with the ong flowing Princess gown displayed in its full glory along the steps of St Paul s Cathedral took my breath away That started my interest and it grew into the whole British Royal Family and then eventually to all European Royal Families Princess Grace and the Monaco Royals were another favourite of mine too So when I won this book on a Goodreads giveaway you can imagine how ecstatic I was Well this book did not disappoint me I did not know that much about ueen Elizabeth s wedding gown but the cover was beautifu The Hook I was going to skip this as I thought it was a story about the younger generation of the royal family but when I realized it was historical fiction about ueen Elizabeth s wedding gown I decided to try it The Line The ueen gave you a pot of heather The Sinker The Gown A Novel of the Royal Wedding is told in dual timelines 2006 in Canada and 1947 in Great Britain as the Princess readies to marry In 2016 Heather Mackenzie s grandmother dies Tarot for Magical Times leaving her a box of embroidered pieces of cloth whicheads her to England and secrets in her Grandmother s past A realistic blend of fact and fiction build as we join the excitement of the British public as the wedding approaches in these hard times with the ravishes of the war being felt Isn t it interesting how historical fiction comes to root In this case Robson s ast book ended on VE Day and she was ooking for something new to write about In her words I was really interested in delving into the contrast between the very grim reality of ordinary Dangerous Heat life and the glamour and stardust of this royal wedding It was the contrast between the two I was interested in but I also wanted to get as close to the royal wedding as possible to go behind the scenes Weove going behind the scenes of these things I think everyone doesThe dress designed and sewed by Hartnell became the focus yet Mr Hartnell had died in 1979 and his archives were not public Robson finally found a woman who had worked on and shared her memories of the embroidery on the royal gown It speaks to the Birds, Beasts, and Bandits love patience and craftsmanship of the women who worked on this beautiful gown each stitch each pearl done by hand Highly recommended and welloved by this reader Thanks to Goodreads Giveaway author Jennifer Robson and HarperCollins Publishers for a print copy of this book Jennifer Robson rarely disappoints me and I always ook forward to seeing where she is going to take her readers next The Gown is referring to the wedding dress of the young Princess Elizabeth that she wore when she wed Philip Mountbatten in 1947 But this is not told from Elizabeth s point of view rather Robson decides to focus on the women that worked on the young royal s dress So We Are Introduced To Ann An English Woman Working we are introduced to Ann an English woman working Couturier Norman Hartnell and new employee Miriam a Frenchwoman who survived the horrors of Ravensbruck concentration camp Robson also inserts the 2016 storyline of Canadian Heather Mackenzie who is eft something by her Nan that sets her on a course to uncover this The Accidental Startup little known wedding story I absolutely adored all three of Robson s characters and she presents her readers with a vivid depiction of post war London still on ration cards and rebuilding after the war It stands to reason that a royal wedding would have so much excitement around it and we certainly can feel that especially from Ann s persepective Given the fact that Netflix s i The Crown has made a new generation of people fascinated with theife of ueen Elizabeth II this book serves as a tempatation that is difficult to resist Just an absolutely beautiful story that is certainly going to be on my favorites The Man in the High Castle list for 2019 Jennifer Robson s novel is rich in details about the society and culture of England post WW11 and the country s efforts to regain its footing in a tough new economic and political era The people are just getting by and many things such as sugar butter bacon meat and tea are being rationed Hardships and the grief ofoss abound but Robson will focus on the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Philip Mountbatten an exciting event that helps to ift the country from its DESPAIR SHE DOES SO THROUGH THE She does so through the of two seamstresses that will work on the royal wedding dress Ann Hughes a young ady who first come to work at Hartnell s at age 14 as an apprentice and Miriam Dassin a young Jewish woman recently come to England from France It is a A Taste of Darkness (Mackenzie Vampires long time before Miriam can speak of the horrors she experienced under the Nazi occupation Both these women work for Norman Hartnell the designer of the famed wedding gown Both will meet young men but only one will find trueove What I appreciate most about Robson s novel is her commitment to bringing to In Darkest London life the work of ordinary women engaged in an extraordinary task These seamstresses and embroiderers are everyday people but as they are caught up in creating this beautiful gown a work of artistry and imagination they become something a symbol of the rewards of perseverance Robson elevates them and uses them to make us think of what theives of other common folks might have been Naturalistless lik. “Millions will welcome this joyous event as a flash of color on theong road we have to travel” Sir Winston Churchill on the news of Princess Elizabeth’s forthcoming weddingLondon 1947 Besieged by the harshest winter in The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques for Every Hunter and Angler living memory burdened by onerous shortages and rationing the people of postwar Britain are enduringives of uiet 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. ,

The GownIfy for the reader just how Babys Mealtime little was know about Ann before she arrived in Canadaeaving her family in the dark As these three women grow in their respective storylines the one thing tying them all together is the wedding gown whose importance pales in comparison to the The Miracle Equation lifeessons discovered but seems to be something about which all three women can use to grow in their own way The story proves strong and The Dawn of Modern Thought lasts keeping the reader hooked through the various shifts in time While there is a regal theme throughout this does not drown out some of the other narratives that blossom as the story gets intense Robson has a way of keeping the narrative flowing without the need to spin the reader in circles While this is the first piece of Jennifer Robson s that I have read I hope it will not be theast Kudos Madam Robson for a piece that entertained me throughout while keeping me wondering what awaited around the next corner You deserve all the praise you receive and I am eager to explore what else you ve written in your careerLovehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge 5 stars to this story of strength and friendship Happy New Year to all my Goodreads friends Told in three voices over two time periods The Gown is a stunning story In 1947 London knee deep in a harsh winter with heavy rationing the war has The Infamous Ellen James (Infamous, left its indelible mark Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin are embroiderers working at the famous Mayfair owned by Norman Hartnell Why is Hartnell famous For designing clothing for the princesses And what is the assignment of the 20th century that has befallen them Making none other than future ueen Elizabeth s wedding gown In Even though this historical fiction book revolves around the making of ueen Elizabeth s wedding gown there surprisingly is a fair amount of depth to the story I actually picked this one up because I thought it would be a nice escape from some stressfulife events and while it certainly provided a welcome distraction I did find myself feeling emotionally invested in some of the characters than I initially had predicted Sometimes a book finds a way into your hands at the perfect time and that certainly was the case hereWhile World War 2 was over Samael Aun Weor, The Absolute Man life in London in 1947 was pretty bleak but the country did have the upcoming wedding of Princess Elizabeth toook forward to Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin are part of a team of embroiderers and seamstresses that have been tasked with the making of the wedding gown Fast forward to 2016 where Heather has found a set of embroidered flowers in her Dragonfrigate Wizard Halcyon Blithe (Halcyon Blithe, late grandmother s possessions Not knowing why her grandmother Nan had them to begin with Heather embarks on a uest to find out about Nan s mysteriousife when she Satria dari Negeri Tayli 1-28 lived in London decades ago as it was a topic that always seemed to be offimits in the family In regards to the historical accuracy of the book this is a case of the author taking some known facts about the making of the wedding gown but also Goethean Science largely using her imagination in regards to the story The main characters in the book do not exist in realife which might disappoint some historical fiction fans but I thought what the author came up with in #terms of a story still makes for a compelling read I highly #of a story still makes for a compelling read I highly reading the author s note at the end as it provides a good context into her writing processI Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets! like how the novel touched on whatife was ike in London a few years after THE WAR AS IT S NOT A TOPIC EXPLORED war as it s not a topic explored as much as it could be in books Miriam s backstory brought a ot of depth to her character But for me the most meaningful part of the story was the special relationship between Heather and her grandmother and how fortunate I was to have that same connection with my grandmother I don t think you necessarily have to be a fan of fashion or the royals to enjoy this book It s just a good solid read with strong female characters and I don t hesitate to recommend giving it a chance I won The Gown in a Goodreads giveaway 45 StarsI m going to be perfectly honest with you The Gown is a great book and I oved it for its entertainment value Its a beautifully written story and the characters are so alive that they just suck you inBut I also oved this book because it was my first time winning a giveaway So that definitely did get factored into my rating I m just being honest It felt good to win a free book that I was actually really interested in reading I The Einstein Theory of Relativity like aot of Americans woke up at an unreasonable hour 4AM to watch The Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle I m not a huge fan of the Royal family but I have become way interest in them this year between the wedding and the tv show The Crown So when I saw this was up for a giveaway I immediately entered to win it never actually expecting
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win it I Did Haters The Gown is my favorite kind of Historical Fiction the kind that mixes real people with fictional characters The Gown reminded me a How to Negotiate Your First Job lot of a Beatriz Williams novels in that it took place in two separate time periods The first time period is 1947 and features 2 young women who become friends while working on future ueen Elizabeth s wedding gown The other time period is the present and features the granddaughter of one of the women and her uest toearn about her beloved ate grandmotherThis book covers a ot of important issues Perfect Justice (Ben Kencaid, like rape the Holocaust anti semitism feminism firstove grief and PTSD I The Literary Relationship of Lord Byron and Thomas Moore loved this book and I had fun reading it I also spent aot of time Googling people and events mentioned in this bookThis book doesn t come out until January but I suggest you guys preorder it now because I think its gonna be a very popular bookAlso its once again being featured as a Giveaway so enter to possibly win it Read This Boo. An’s connection to the celebrated textile artist and holocaust survivor Miriam DassinWith The Gown Jennifer Robson takes us inside the workrooms where one of the most famous wedding gowns in history was created Balancing behind the scenes details with a sweeping portrait of a society eft reeling by the calamitous costs of victory she introduces readers to three unforgettable heroines their points of view alternating and intersecting throughout its pages whose ives are woven together by the pain of survival the bonds of friendship and the redemptive power of ove. ,

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E after this horrible war My mother worked as a seamstress in textile mills close to where we The Shaping of Western Civilization live most of my growing up years so this novel really spoke to me especially theush descriptions of the fabric and the work of creating the embroidery The fabric obtained was duchesse satin from Winterthur in Dunfermline for the gown as well as a heavier satin for the appliu s from Lullingstone Castle The embroidered star flowers and blossoms along with crystals and thousands of seed pearls made this gown exuisitely beautiful and uniue The silk tulle train also embroidered was fifteen feet ong The ife of a seamstress is The Ecology, Exploitation and Conservation of River Turtles long hours withittle recognition so it was fun to see how the work of these women was acknowledged When one of the characters becomes a renowned fabric artist I couldn t help but think of some of the uilt artistry I ve seen over the years I admire the people who create these fascinating and imaginative works of art A 2016 storyline finds Heather Mackenzie inheriting some embroidery handiwork from her grandmother Nan never said much about her Medicine and Religion life in England after the war When Heather finds that the embroidered pieces match that of ueen Elizabeth s wedding gown she becomes determined to find out just how her grandmother came to have them That means a flight from her homeland in Toronto to England A journalist who s just beenet go Heather is ripe for the adventureI The Hockey Saint (Forever Friends, love how Robson unspools the threads of Heather s search a deconstruction that willead her to the essential ingredients of her Grandmother s Valentino life in 1947 Iistened to this as an audiobook narrated by Marisa Calin She has a clear easily understandable voice that added to a pleasant istening experience I read the ast third simply because I got the book from the Shunned library and can read aittle faster than I Craving (Willow Creek, listen The wedding gown symbolized rebirth and growth for Great Britain While this book gave me an excellent perch to watch England s post WW11 history unfolding and Iearned a Oba, the Last Samurai little about England s austerity measures the deep and abiding pain of austerity is perhaps not fully acknowledged here I enjoyed the book for what it was a genuine and intimateook into the Yonen Buzz, Volume 1 (Yonen Buzz, lives of seamstresses whoabored to create the elaborately embroidered wedding gown of Princess Elizabeth I m happy to see these women gain some much deserved attention I had a chance to read this for a cover uote and devoured it My uote Jennifer Robson embroiders ife friendship and hope into the somber gray world of post war London every bit as skillfully as her seamstress heroines embroider crystal flowers into the folds of a royal wedding dress Miriam and Ann are both battling inner demons when t Jennifer Robson appeals to those who ove all things British Royals as well as fans of historical fiction with her The Wood Demon latest piece How somethingike the wedding gown worn by Princess Elizabeth could garner so much attention may confound some but it all becomes clear by the end of this novel Ann Hughes is employed by Norman Hartnell a high end couturier that has recently been asked to make some dresses for the Royal Family So busy is the shop that when Miriam Dassin arrives from France her skills make her a wonderful addition to the group of embroiderers While the group gets to know a First Shapes little about Miriam theyearn that she is uite tight Dispatches from Dystopia lipped about herife before coming to England as though it is all a major secret Soon thereafter Hartnell is told that his shop will be making Princess Elizabeth s wedding gown creating a buzz thereafter Hartnell is told that his shop will be making Princess Elizabeth s wedding gown creating a buzz the embroiderers As Ann and Miriam work they grow closer to one another slowly divulging secrets about their respective pasts When not working on the gown a top secret project they find themselves discovering the allure of the opposite sex As both Miriam and Ann are young and unmarried it only makes sense that they turn a few heads The story tells how both women discover Max and the Tom Cats (More Bob Books for Young Readers, Set II, Book 8) love amidst the backdrop of the most sought after social event of 1947 Speed ahead to Toronto in 2016 Ann s granddaughter Heather makes a discover she will not soon forget Learning that her grandmother worked on the current ueen s wedding gown Heather rushes to England to discover aittle knowing Ancient World little about her grandmother s past before arriving in Canada It is there that sheearns that the famous designer Miriam Dassin not only knew her grandmother but worked alongside her As Heather makes meaningful connections in England to better understand the Fighter life her grandmothereft behind she is touched beyond belief to better understand the Събрани разкази, Том 5 life Miriamived before making it to England to work on the project of a ifetime Uplifting and heartwarming as well as full of historical anecdotes Robson dazzles readers with this piece that is sure to create uite the fanfare Recommended for those who enjoy historical fiction as well as the reader whose interest is piued by talk of royal eventsWhile I tend not to read stories with strong romantic undertones I could not help but want to read this piece I noticed its premise the wedding gown to the current ueen of Canada and could not help but wonder if the threads of historical fiction would counterbalance #the amorous themes Robson not only details the characters but creates #amorous themes Robson not only details the characters but creates persona of the gown as it is being created Ann Hughes is a young woman whose ife has centred around her sketches and ability to embroider Given this chance to work on the gown she puts her all into it perhaps blinded by the world around her and those seeking an early peek at this most talked about piece of fabric Miriam Dassin has been through so much even before she graces the pages of this book showing how her backstory helps push her into a world of excitement and secrets all of which are slowly revealed Heather s revelations about her grandmother exempl. For a brighter future are tested when they are chosen for a once in a Waterloo (Sharpe, lifetime honor taking part in the creation of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gownToronto 2016 More than half a centuryater Heather Mackenzie seeks to unravel the mystery of a set of embroidered flowers a Cinderella legacy from herate grandmother How did her beloved Nan a woman who never spoke of her old life in Britain come to possess the priceless embroideries that so closely resemble the motifs on the stunning gown worn by ueen Elizabeth II at her wedding almost seventy years before And what was her