This giveaway is PERFECTLY TIMED for Royal Wedding month! We have one prize pack for one lucky winner that will include signed copies of all of Jennifer Robson’s previous novels (Goodnight from London, Somewhere in France, Moonlight in Paris, and After the War Is Over), the ADORABLE royal wedding mug from Cath Kidston pictured in the photo above, and, as soon as it’s available, a galley of her forthcoming book The Gown. Check it out:
London, 1947: Besieged by the harshest winter in living memory, burdened by shortages and rationing, the people of postwar Britain are leading lives of quiet desperation. Among them are Ann and Miriam, embroiderers at the famed Mayfair fashion house of Norman Hartnell. Chosen for the once-in-a-lifetime honor of helping to create Princess Elizabeth’s wedding finery, they are propelled into the glare of a relentless spotlight as a glamour-starved world clamors for details of the gown.
Toronto, 2016: Almost seventy years later, Heather seeks to unravel the mystery of a set of embroidered flowers that were 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 are so similar to the motifs on the stunning gown worn by the Queen at her 1947 wedding? And what was her grandmother’s connection to the celebrated artist and Holocaust survivor Miriam Dassin?
Taking us inside the workrooms where one of the most famous wedding gowns in history was created, The Gown balances finely observed behind-the-scenes details with a sweeping portrait of a society left reeling by the calamitous costs of victory, and introduces us to three women whose lives are bound together by threads of loss and love, suffering and survival, regret and redemption
HELLO. Why am I not reading that right now? Frankly, I’m jealous I didn’t think to write this book first — and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
THE TASK: I’ll be picking the winners at random, but to keep it fun, please comment and tell us your favorite iconic gown — it can be a wedding dress, an Oscars dress, something someone wore to the Met Gala, whatever.
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