Book Review-The Dressmaker's Gift-Fiona Valpy | Miki's Hope

Book Review-The Dressmaker's Gift-Fiona Valpy

Monday, June 6, 2022

Harriet wants to know about her family. All she has is a picture of three women-one of which is her grandmother. She goes to Paris to find answers.

This novel goes back and forth between current times and the time of the Nazi occupation in Paris. Things are slowly revealed which throw Harriet off track but eventually she learns the whole truth about her grandmother and the other two women.

Parts of this story will have you shaking your head--another part will have you gasping at man's inhumanity to man. It will also make you wonder how two of the women were able to stay alive until the very end. One of them did die--the other lived just as the US came in and freed the concentration camp they were in.

This story does have a happy ending for Harriet who learns a lesson about her own strength and love in general!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

A Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, 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?

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About the Author: (from Amazon)

Fiona is an acclaimed number 1 bestselling author, whose books have been translated into more than twenty different languages worldwide.

She draws inspiration from the stories of strong women, especially during the years of World War II. Her meticulous historical research enriches her writing with an evocative sense of time and place.

She spent seven years living in France, having moved there from the UK in 2007, before returning to live in Scotland. Her love for both of these countries, their people and their histories, has found its way into the books she’s written.

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