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The Dressmakers Gift Fantastic with one small noteFantastic book It was gripping and suspenseful, painful and emotional, uplifting and allegorical for the times My one note is that the story of the three seamstresses is set up to be revealed to Harriet through some letters I don t want to say any spoilers so I ll just say that it seems unlikely that the person writing the letters would have such in depth knowledge of events that took place without him her I loved the idea behind the letters but it was hard to believe in points Perhaps a diary or some other artifacts from elsewhere could have helped bolster the believability. What can I say about Fiona Valpyjust that this first time author to this reader did an outstanding job of keeping me engaged and enjoying a wonderfully written story in 1940 Paris during WWII setting Such a historical story of three women that revealed suspense, painful, and emotional drama I was captivated by the historical parts of the story The friendship between the women was pivotal as their loyalty to one another and their cause was evident and beautiful.Very nice story and recommend the read.4 Stars A hauntingly beautiful story This book was completely immersive and really transports you back through time It s rare I read wartime stories that actually depict everything how it actually was rather than romanticizing everything Very down to earth book with relatable characters. Making the hand rocking motion.The grandmothers story was interesting and good The granddaughter s story was not so interesting, and the coincidences required a suspension of disbelief beyond what I could muster Also, the granddaughter was, well, kind of annoying and weak through most of the book, which made it difficult not to whiz through her sections. What an amazing book this turned out to be So sympathetically written, the story slipped seamlessly between present and past intertwining the lives of people and creating a picture of death and sorrow mingled with Joy and happiness This story is so convincing it could almost be real My favourite kind of book set during the war years, it is a must read and if I was able I would award 10 Dissenting opinionI picked this free book through the First Reads program or something like that I love stories set in WWII and I am always looking to read something from a different angle I enjoy books that move back and forth in time and reading about a character in the present discovering something about their family I also enjoy sewing as a hobby So the description of this book rang a lot of happy bells for me I m sad that it fell so short In terms of storytelling and writing, there are so many better books out there The author s pitch for the not very scientifically sound idea of inherited trauma dropped this down to two stars for me The parallel stories have potential It is set between 1940 45 in Nazi occupied Paris Three young seamstresses live together above the fashion house where they are employed Each of them is involved in the French resistance in different ways They are initially unaware that the others are actively working to free France Move forward to 2017 One of the seamstress granddaughter comes to Paris hoping to learn about her family as she still mourns her mother s suicide some years earlier Coincidently, she ends up in the same apartment as her grandmother and is rooming with a young woman whose grandmother was also a seamstress and living in that apartment As granddaughter Harriet learns about her grandmother Claire, she gains insight into her family and into herself Harriet is also in Paris during the time of bombings and terrorist attacks in France This is an interesting and unique plot line However, I think the author missed some opportunities here to make some stronger connects between the time periods Several things made this a two star rating for me First, the writing is average and just basic storytelling Compared to other books I have read on this topic, The Dressmaker s Gift is WWII lite and lacks emotional resonance There are also too many happy coincidences and too many happy endings for my taste This was a three star book until the idea of inherited trauma was introduced Specific to the book, Grandma Claire was in a Nazi prison camp, Harriet s mother committed suicide, and Harriet has some unspecified issues of her own Harriet finds some comfort in this trauma domino effect Though the author does mention in her afterward that the idea of inherited trauma is debated and that some scientists remain skeptical I worry that some vulnerable readers may latch onto this idea This is pretty new research with small sample sizes and poorly supported outcomes My understanding is that there are a lot questions than answers about an ancestor s trauma altering genes in the next generations Certainly other readers may find my soapbox rant irrelevant to the book.Finally, my recommendations for some powerhouse books about about Nazi occupied France and the French resistance Dragonfly by Leila Meacham The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. 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 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 Unique historical novelI liked the unique story and the historical references I wish the author had given on Coco and her betrayal and morals Coco was a traitor and profited from her immoral lifestyle Deep, almost unbelievable, information in what life was like.What I didn t like was the rambling on and on, the musing over and over again Especially the end.With drastic editing this could even be a great movie The author just writes way too much I ended up skipping dozens of rambling pages Another historical fiction novel with the time frame leading up to and through WWII The setting includes Great Britain, France and Germany This book focuses on the fashion and designer industry and I found it very interesting It is a well written book and the characters include several generations of three young women from different countries and social classes A good read from start to finish. The extraordinary resilience of ordinary people.This is probably the best book I have read in years It is a story of love and strength that spans three generations By showing us the lives of three friends in war torn France, in part through the lives of modern friends, you can picture what it was and what it is, both for the place and the people It deals openly and honestly with deep trauma and loss It shows how there is great risk and reward in loving fiercely It helped me understand that grief is a process, and there is great promise in facing an uncertain future with those you love beside you I recommend this book to anyone who is dealing with a traumatic loss, who enjoys a book that makes history real, who just wants to find hope in what seems like a hopeless situation This author respects the people in her story and is a wonderful storyteller


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