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The Dressmaker's Gift

The Dressmaker's Gift

A Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestseller.

From the bestselling author of The Beekeeper’s Promise comes a gripping story of three young women faced with impossible choices. How will history – and their families – judge them?

Paris, 1940. With the city occupied by the Nazis, three young seamstresses go about their normal lives as best they can. But all three are hiding secrets. War-scarred Mireille is fighting with the Resistance; Claire has been seduced by a German officer; and Vivienne’s involvement is something she can’t reveal to either of them.

Two generations later, Claire’s English granddaughter Harriet arrives in Paris, rootless and adrift, desperate to find a connection with her past. Living and working in the same building on the Rue Cardinale, she learns the truth about her grandmother – and herself – and unravels a family history that is darker and more painful than she ever imagined.

In wartime, the three seamstresses face impossible choices when their secret activities put them in grave danger. Brought together by loyalty, threatened by betrayal, can they survive history’s darkest era without being torn apart?

Titulo:The Dressmaker's Gift
Idioma de edición:English
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Fiona Valpy spent seven years living in France, having moved there from the UK in 2007. She and her family renovated an old, rambling farmhouse in the Bordeaux winelands, during which time she developed new-found skills in cement-mixing, interior decorating and wine-tasting.


    The Dressmaker's Gift Comentarios

  • Paige

    3.5 starsThis novel follows other modern historical fiction trends: the modern-day character, Harriet, finds an old photograph in box that shows her grandmother as a young lady with two other girls, a...

  • Marian

    Making the hand rocking motion.The grandmothers' story was interesting and good. The granddaughter's story was not so interesting, and the coincidences required a suspension of disbelief beyond what I...

  • Jackie

    Dissenting opinionI picked this free book through the Amazon First Reads program (or something like that). I love stories set in WWII and I am always looking to read something from a different angle. ...

  • Amanda

    Fantastic with one small noteFantastic book. It was gripping and suspenseful, painful and emotional, uplifting and allegorical for the times. My one note is that the story of the three seamstresses is...

  • Lillian Martin

    So......the writing is not compelling, completely sophomoric and unimaginative. I’m finding myself skimming..not sure how this got such high ratings! ...

  • Ankit Garg

    The Dressmaker's Gift by Fiona Valpy is a must read historical fiction novel.It follows the common trend most of the novels in this genre are following - a young protagonist trying to discover their f...

  • DarkRaven Reviews

    A hauntingly beautiful story. This book was completely immersive and really transports you back through time. It's rare I read wartime stories that actually depict everything how it actually was rathe...

  • Karren  Sandercock

    Thanks to NetGalley, Amazon Publishing UK and Fiona Valpy for my copy of her new book: The Dressmaker's Gift. I have read her previous book: The Beekeeper's Promise and I loved it.Paris, 1940. The cit...

  • Georgina

    ‘I see now it is one of the paradoxes of life that if we love it so much that we are frightened of losing it, it can make us live a half-life, too scared to get out there and live whole-heartedly be...

  • Ellen

    Three seamstresses are working in a couture dress shop in occupied Paris in 1940. Mireille has secrets that she cannot divulge. Claire is swept off her feet by a German officer and Vivienne has many t...

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