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A Mammals Notebook kNections in England to better understand the life her grandmother left behind she is touched beyond belief to better understand the life Miriam lived before making it to England to work on the project of a lifetime 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 a persona of the gown as it is being created Ann Hughes is a young woman whose life 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 exemplify for the reader just how little wasnow about Ann before she arrived in Canada leaving 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 life lessons discovered but seems to be something about which all three women can use to grow in their own way The story proves strong and lasts The Berlin Airlift 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 ofeeping 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 the last Kudos Madam Robson for a piece that entertained me throughout while eeping 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 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 loved it for its entertainment value Its a beautifully written story and the characters are so alive that they just suck you inBut I also loved 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 like a lot 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 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 leaving her a box of embroidered pieces of cloth which leads 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 last book ended on VE Day and she was looking 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 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 contrast between the two I was interested in but I also

to get as to the wedding as possible to go behind the scenes We love 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 love patience and craftsmanship of the women who worked on this beautiful gown each stitch each pearl done by hand Highly recommended and well loved by this reader I had a chance to read this for a cover uote and devoured it My uote Jennifer Robson embroiders life 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 they meet in the backroom of England s most famous couture house but the chance of a lifetime the task of embroidering Princess Elizabeth s gown for the wedding of the century will open new doors for both women and lay the foundations of a mystery to be unraveled seventy years later by their grandchildren THE GOWN is marvelous and moving a vivid portrait of female self reliance in a world racked by the cost of war 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 stressful life 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 life in London in 1947 was pretty bleak but the country did have the upcoming wedding of Princess Elizabeth to look 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 late grandmother s possessions Not nowing why her grandmother Nan had them to begin with Heather embarks on a uest to find out about Nan s mysterious life when she lived in London decades ago as it was a topic that always seemed to be off limits in the family In regards to the historical accuracy of the book this is a case of the author taking some nown facts about the making of the wedding gown but also largely using her imagination in regards to the story The main characters in the book do not exist in real life 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 recommend reading the author s note at the end as it provides a good context into her writing processI like how the novel touched on what life was like in London a few years after the war as it s not a topic explored nearly as much as it could be in books Miriam s backstory brought a lot of depth to her character But For Me The Most Meaningful Part Of me the most meaningful part of 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. 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 left 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 lives are woven together by the pain of survival the bonds of friendship and the redemptive power of love. 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 like a fairytale coming true The beautiful young bride with the long 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 now that much about ueen Elizabeth s wedding gown but the cover was beautiful Her gown was exuisiteFirst off I loved the writing style The words just flowed beautifully and I was immersed fully into another time Jennifer Robson has a way with wordsThe story is told in Post World War II time 1947 and present dayThe 1947 story revolves around 2 characters Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin They are fictional characters who work for the famous Norman Hartnell Fashion Design House in London They are embroiderers who are working on the wedding gown of the then Princess Elizabeth The wedding brings an excitement to England after the War As the women work on the famous wedding gown their own stories start to enfold The third story of the journalist named Heather begins in Canada in present time She begins to unravel the story of Ann and Miriam in EnglandThis book was written and researched very well I so loved that part of the story took place in Toronto Canada It was a pleasure to read about local areas and attractions The stories of all 3 women were eually enjoyable I was captivated from beginning to end I would highly recommend this book for Historical Fiction fans 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 of loss abound but Robson will focus on the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Philip Mountbatten an exciting event that helps to lift the country from its despair She does so through the lives of two seamstresses that will work on the royal wedding dress Ann Hughes a young lady 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 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 true love What I appreciate most about Robson s novel is her commitment to bringing to 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 the lives of other common folks might have been like after this horrible war My mother worked as a seamstress in textile mills close to where we live most of my growing up years so this novel really spoke to me especially the lush 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 long The life of a seamstress is long hours with little 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 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 been let go Heather is ripe for the adventureI love how Robson unspools the threads of Heather s search a deconstruction that will lead her to the essential ingredients of her Grandmother s life in 1947 I listened to this as an audiobook narrated by Marisa Calin She has a clear this as an audiobook narrated by Marisa Calin She has a clear understandable voice that added to a pleasant listening experience I read the last third simply because I got the book from the library and can read a little faster than I 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 I learned a 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 intimate look into the lives of seamstresses who labored to " what it was a genuine and intimate look into the lives of seamstresses who labored to the elaborately embroidered wedding gown of Princess Elizabeth I m happy to see these women gain some much deserved attention 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 Illicit Desires (Illicit, knee deep in a harsh winter with heavy rationing the war has 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 Toronto present day Heather Mackenzie has found a set of embroidered flowers passed down from her beloved late grandmother Heather discovers the flowers look much like those on ueen Elizabeth s gown and she wants tonow why She also uncovers a connection between her grandmother and Norman Hartnell who was nown TO HAVE DESIGNED THE UEEN S have designed the ueen s dress The Gown is a well researched work of historical fiction The detail ept me entranced and also had me googling and yearning to Foxmask (Saga of the Light Isles, know The friendship that forms between Anne and Miriam is tenderly drawn and the emotional bonds and healing that resulted from that relationship is awe inspiring I didn t expect to be as absorbed in The Gown as I was It can be hard to focus during the holidays and my mind was in so many places It served as a wonderful reminder of why I read historical fiction to be transported to a different time and place and to learn The Gown is an exuisite story of strength and friendship from start to finish Highly recommended Thank you to the publisher for the complimentary copy All opinions are my ownMy reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom 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 lover of the British monarchy so when I saw the picture of the then Princess Elizabeth in her gorgeous wedding gown Inew 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 young lovestruck princess and her handsome soon to be husband but instead Jennifer Robson has carefully crafted a very accurate detailed engrossing and often poignant novel about the. “Millions will welcome this joyous event as a flash of color on the long road we have to travel” Sir Winston Churchill on the news of Princess Elizabeth’s forthcoming weddingLondon 1947 Besieged by the harshest winter in living memory burdened by onerous shortages and rationing the people of postwar Britain are enduring lives 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. Lives of three fascinating women one living in 2016 and the other two living post World War II in 1947 The novel is told from the different viewpoints of the three very incredible young women and Robson skillfully intertwines their stories together into one beautifully depicted and outstanding story of family love loss pain but most of all the importance of friendships and the amazing power of resilience during difficult times In 2016 Heather Mackenzie s beloved Nan Ann has just died and left her a box filled with lovely embroidered flower motifs As far as she And His Letters Grew Colder knows her Nan couldn t sew so how did she have such gorgeous embroideries in her possession Heather a journalistnows there is a mystery behind the embroidered flowers and about her Nan s past which she Emasculating Her Husband knows so very little so she begins to research both As Heather begins to unravel her grandmother s secrets she is shocked to discover the embroidered motifs match the ones on ueen Elizabeth II s wedding gown from 1947 Not only that she finds old pictures that suggest her Nan worked for Norman Hartnell Britain s leading couturier and designer of the ueen s wedding dress and that she was friends with famous artist and Holocaust survivor Miriam Dassin Heather s discoveries take her on a journey from Toronto to London where she learns about her Nan s past with the help of a new friend who helps her connect with someone special from Ann s old life In 1947 London is still reeling and recovering from WWII Ann Hughes has lost everyone she s loved to either the war or sickness and is completely alone in the world She s a proud smartind young woman and has been working as an embroiderer at Norman Hartnell s Mayfair fashion house since she was a very young girl She s extremely talented and now one of the top embroiderers at the shop Still she s lonely with no family or close friends and money is very tight since rationing is still a part of British life even two years after the war yet Ann doesn t complain and makes do with what she hasMiriam Dassin newly immigrates to London in 1947 from Paris where she lost her entire family to Nazi persecution during the war She s a brilliant artist and embroiderer with references from Christian Dior so its no wonder that Mr Hartnell immediately hires her and she s put to work alongside Ann who she becomes good friends with and soon becomes Ann s roommate However Miriam is still haunted by what she endured during her imprisonment at Ravensbr ck and is terrified to tell anyone even Ann because she is frightened of anyone Three Short Ballbusting Stories knowing she is a JewThe announcement of the Princess engagement and Hartnell s commission to design and create her wedding dress is very exciting for all the seamstresses and embroiderers at Hartnell s Both Ann and Miriam are given the job to embroider the most important and delicate parts of the dress and the train not only an honor but a job they must never talk about with anyone since the dress design must remain secret until the Princess wedding day The meticulous research and attention to detail in The Gown makes this book well worth the read Any historical fiction worth reading should be well researched and Robson raised the bar here I love how real characters and facts are interwoven with her fictional ones and it was amazing to read about how the dressmakers worked so hard to create the ueen s famous and oh so gorgeous wedding dress I go gaga over these gowns but I don t think that I ve ever once stopped to think about the work that has gone into making one of them It s amazing how hard the work was and how dedicated these women were in not only making this gown buteeping the gown s design secret from spies and journalists who were offering bribes in exchange for the dress pattern I didn t realize they had crazed paparazzi types back then Very crazyI love historical fiction and The Gown is truly an excellent work of historical fiction It captured me from the very first page and never let go As I already said it wasn t what I expected and for that I m so very glad because it was so much I loved the friendships that Robson depicts in the novel because they are meaningful and true For me she shows how women s friendships are meant to be trustworthy healing nurturing and to lift each other up instead of using and hurting one another and I loved that so muchObviously I m highly recommending this book You don t have to love the royal family to enjoy this one since they only play a very minor role If you like historical fiction then this is a beautiful novel that will sweep you away with its affecting story of courage and friendship It publishes December 31 2018Thank you Edelweiss and William Morrow for an ARC to read in exchange for my fair and honest review 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 look 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 for Couturier Norman Hartnell and new employee Miriam a Frenchwoman who survived the horrors of Ravensbruck concentration camp Robson
inserts the 2016 storyline of Heather Mackenzie who is left something by her Nan that sets her on a course to uncover this little nown 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 the life 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 list for 2019 Jennifer Robson appeals to those who love all things British Royals as well as fans of historical fiction with her latest piece How something like 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 Royal Family So busy is 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 now a little about Miriam they learn that she is uite tight lipped about her life 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 amongst 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 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 ahead to Toronto in 2016 Ann s granddaughter Heather makes a discover will not soon forget Learning that her grandmother worked on the current ueen s wedding gown Heather rushes to England to discover a little The Secret Expedition knowing little about her grandmother s past before arriving in Canada It is there that she learns that the famous designer Miriam Dassin not onlynew her grandmother but worked alongside her As Heather makes meaningful con. 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 gownToronto 2016 More than half a century later Heather Mackenzie seeks to unravel the mystery of a set of embroidered flowers a legacy from her late 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 The Gown