Jennifer Robson: The Gown

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 esigning 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 Mennyms Alone (Mennyms, day Heather Mackenzie has found a set of embroidered flowers passedown from her beloved late grandmother Heather Dreamwalker (The Ballad of Sir Benfro, discovers the flowers look much like those on ueen Elizabeth s gown and she wants to know why She also uncovers a connection between her grandmother and Norman Hartnell who was known to haveesigned the ueen s wedding Akenfield dress The Gown is a well researched work of historical fiction Theetail kept me entranced and also had me googling and yearning to know The friendship that forms between Anne and Miriam is tenderly Gym and Slimline drawn and the emotional bonds and healing that resulted from that relationship is awe inspiring Iidn t expect to be as absorbed in The Gown as I was It can be hard to focus uring 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 ifferent 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 Even though this historical fiction book revolves around the making of ueen Elizabeth s wedding gown there surprisingly is a fair amount of Marginal Notes, Doubtful Statements 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 welcomeistraction I The Clock Without a Face 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 countryid 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 knowing 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 Captives of the Private House 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 known facts about the making of the wedding gown but also largely using her imagination in regards to the story The main characters in the booko not exist in real life which might Teaspoon and an Open Mind 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 ofepth 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 A Celtic Miscellany 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 Ion 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 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 efinitely id 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 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 to win it But 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 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 to learn about her beloved late grandmotherThis book covers a lot of important issues like rape the Holocaust anti semitism feminism first love grief and PTSD I loved this book and I had fun reading it I also spent a lot of time Googling people and events mentioned in this bookThis book Foxs Feud (Farthing Wood, 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 Book. 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 scenesetails 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.

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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 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 young lovestruck princess and her handsome soon to be husband but in FIVE GLOWING STARS Let me start by saying I m a The Culture Code 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 gownisplayed 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 Banish Clutter Forever did notisappoint me I Stolen Magic (Stardust, did not know 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 presentayThe 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 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 The Billionaire Daddy 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 inual timelines 2006 in Canada and 1947 in Great Britain as the Princess readies to marry In 2016 Heather Mackenzie s grandmother Pistols for Two 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 inelving 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 close to the royal wedding as possible to go behind the scenes We love going behind the scenes of these things I think everyone Stronger doesTheress Loss (Gus Dury, designed and sewed by Hartnell became the focus yet Mr Hartnell hadied 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 The Last Rite (Danilov Quintet, done by hand Highly recommended and well loved by this reader Thanks to Goodreads Giveaway author Jennifer Robson and HarperCollins Publishers for a print copy of this book Jennifer Robson rarelyisappoints me and I always look forward to seeing where she is going to take her readers next The Gown is referring to the wedding Alacrity (Illumine, 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 Robsonecides to focus on the women that worked on the young royal s ress 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 also inserts the 2016 storyline of Canadian Heather Mackenzie who is left something by her Nan that sets her on a course to uncover this little known wedding story I absolutely adored all three of Robson s characters and she presents her readers with a vivid epiction 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 Love You To Death (Detective Ruby Preston, difficult to resist Just an absolutely beautiful story that is certainly going to be on my favorites list for 2019 Jennifer Robson s novel is rich inetails about the society and culture of England post WW11 and the co. “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 Arnhem desperationespite 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.

Untry 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 Fitness for Living despair Sheoes so through the lives of two seamstresses that will work on the royal wedding Love Is Blind 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 theesigner 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 escriptions of the fabric and the work of creating the embroidery The fabric obtained was uchesse 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 The World in the Curl 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 aeconstruction 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 easily 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 Connexity 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 create the elaborately embroidered wedding gown of Princess Elizabeth I m happy to see these women gain some mucheserved attention I had a chance to read this for a cover uote and A Personal Influence 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 weddingress Miriam and Ann are both battling inner Americas First City 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 newoors 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 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 Bone Mountain (Inspector Shan, 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 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 M 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 kneeeep in a harsh winter with heavy rationing the war has. 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 id 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

Jennifer Robson first learned about the Great War from her father acclaimed historian Stuart Robson and later served as an official guide at the Canadian National War Memorial at Vimy Ridge France A former copy editor she holds a doctorate in British economic and social history from the University of Oxford She lives in Toronto Canada with her husband and young children