The Gown

The Gown

A Novel of the Royal Wedding

Book - 2019
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London, 1947: Besieged by the harshest winter in living memory, burdened by onerous shortages and rationing, the people of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet 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 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 gown.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062884275
Branch Call Number: FIC ROBS
Characteristics: 371, 16 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 24, 2020

It is an Ok book for who likes the English Royal Family. Easy reading

Aug 10, 2020

CW: rape.

Mar 11, 2020

This is a story about women's friendships, about surviving in Britain in the aftermath of World War II, about talent and art and families. It was a captivating read due to the writer's meticulous research of the period and especially of the creation of Princess Elizabeth's wedding dress. I'll be recommending this book!

Feb 16, 2020

great read

Feb 03, 2020

Interesting information about the embroidering of the wedding dress but was essentially a Harlequin romance. It was obvious where the plot was going and that the heroine would get her man.

Feb 02, 2020

this was a really great read-fascinating story of the preparation of the special dress for the wedding. Character development was wonderful with real life places and events that occurred in the exciting time in England. Would recommend this one highly. A very interesting and super read!!

Jan 24, 2020

England is still reeling from the harshest winter on record, there is still rationing and life is tough in 1947. Then two young women who met at work and became friends and housemates learn that they will be doing the majority of the embroidery on Princess Elizabeth's wedding dress later that year. This wedding will bring some much-needed sunshine to the British people and the book covers the backstories of these two women, their families, the work they do and the life they live. It is uplifting, entertaining, and a good read for these cold winter days. Loved it.

VaughanPLKim Dec 29, 2019

Fans of historical fiction or with an interest in the British royal family will enjoy this detail-rich novel about the making of Queen Elizabeth II's wedding gown.

Dec 26, 2019

Always love this author for her strong female characters and her authentic historical fiction. This one did not disappoint. I could totally place myself in the shoes of any of the 3 female characters. Great read, and so insightful! My mother was constantly in my mind as I read this book. She loved the queen and she loved creating with embroidery and her sewing machine. She would have loved this book! Love you Mom!!!

Nov 10, 2019

I found it interesting and easy to read. OPL patrons please stop eating over books. It is disgusting what I have picked out of and off on pages. For the love of books, get some bookmarks, and stop dog earing books. This copy in particular had a lot of "corrections" in it. A patron saw fit to correct the grammar, and language use. Please stop.

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