The Dressmaker's Gift




      The Dressmaker's Gift
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 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 Download The Dressmaker's Gift – bluevapours.co.uk

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 All of these inspirations, along with a love for the place, the people and their history, have found their way into the books she s written, which have been translated into German, Norwegian, Czech, Slovenian and Turkish.Fiona now lives in Scotland, but enjoys regular visits to France in search of the sun Sign up to be the first to hear about my NEW releases here promise not to share your e mail and I ll only contact you when a new book is out

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 286 pages
  • The Dressmaker's Gift
  • Fiona Valpy
  • English
  • 11 February 2018

10 thoughts on “ The Dressmaker's Gift

  1. Paige says:

    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, and Harriet then makes it her goal to uncover the past of her familial history concerning her grandmother, Claire.The first chapter was very clich Harriet moves to Paris obtaining a job in the same building that her grandmother, Claire, worked in And, she settles in the same apartment that her gra 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, and Harriet then makes it her goal to uncover the past of her familial history concerning her grandmother, Claire.The first chapter was ve...

  2. Amanda Williams says:

    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 rather than romanticizing everything Very down to earth book with relatable characters.

  3. Amanda says:

    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 set up to be revealed to Harriet through some letters I don t want to say any spoilers so I ll just say that it seems unlikely that the person writing the letters would have such in depth knowledge of events that took place without him her I loved the idea behind the letters but it was hard to be 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 set up to be revealed to Harriet through some letters I don t want to say any spoilers so I ll just say that it seems unlikely that the person writing the letters would have such in depth knowledge of events that took place without him her I loved the idea behind the...

  4. norma linza says:

    Unique historical novelI liked the unique story and the historical references I wish the author had givenon Coco and her betrayal and morals Coco was a traitor and profited from her immoral lifestyle Deep, almost unbelievable, information in what life was like.What I didn t like was the rambling on and on, the musing over and over again Especially the end.With drastic editing this could even be a great movie The author just writes way too much I ended up skipping dozens of rambling p Unique historical novelI liked the unique story and the historical references I wish t...

  5. Jackie says:

    Dissenting opinionI picked this free book through theFirst Reads program or something like that I love stories set in WWII and I am always looking to read something from a different angle I enjoy books that move back and forth in time and reading about a character in the present discovering something about their family I also enjoy sewing as a hobby So the description of this book rang a lot of happy bells for me I m sad that it fell so short In terms of storytelling and writing, Dissenting opinionI picked this free book through theFirst Reads program or something like that I love stories set in WWII and I am always looking to read something from a different angle I enjoy books that move back and forth in time and r...

  6. Ethel says:

    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.Paris 2017 Two generations later, Claire s English granddaughter Harriet arrives in Paris, rootless and adrift, desperate to find a connection with her past This story gives the reader a glimpse into what it was like in Paris during WW The horrendous inhumanity of man, the seething atrocities, the struggles of life on an everyday basis Yet Paris, 1940 With the city o...

  7. Ursula says:

    I enjoyed the historical portions of this book, a dangerous ride as three seamstresses in Parisian haute couture become active members of the resistance during the German occupation The atmosphere is tense with fear and privation but the friendships and loyalties come across beautifully.I was less keen on the 21st century young women working in the fashion PR of modern Paris These episodes are interleaved with the ones of two generations ago and the mechanism is o...

  8. Carole says:

    When I read the synopsis for this novel I felt a need to read this novel 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 This is a period of history which I find intriguing and horrific in equal measure I had high hop When I read the synopsis for this novel I felt a need to read this novel 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 This is a period of history which I find intriguing and horrific in equal measure I had high hopes for this novel but unfortunately not all of my expectations were met I enjoyed the chapters based during the war and found them to be informative and from other sources that I had read very accurate Fiona Valpy had a descrip...

  9. Jm says:

    Another Kindle First Reader selection An enjoyable self discovery tale that flips between the present 2017 and the past 1940 44 in Paris Harriet is young and on a journey from the UK to make a life in haute couture in Paris, inspired by a photo she finds unexpectedly one day of three young women, one of whom she recognizes as her grandmother, outside a fashion establishment in ...

  10. Dee says:

    The bestiality of WWIIIt rears its ugly head once again in this wonderful sadly beautiful story People who arebeast than human inflict their saddest behavior on the victims of WWII This story, by a descendant of a Holocaust survivor, show the devastation inflicted upon the women who lived thru these horrendous times how it affects even future generations Wonderfully written by a gifted author, it is staged in the Paris fashion world shows how this war knew no bounds in all l The bestiality o...

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