The Dressmaker’s Gift by Fiona Valpy is out last week. I read it over the summer and it was the perfect historical fiction that intertwined the past and present. I have thoroughly enjoyed this book!
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?
I read The Dressmaker’s Gift in one single sitting. When I saw the synopsis of the book, I knew it was the type of book I would love (I am a huge historical fiction fan!). I was not disappointed at all!
The story flows seamlessly between the past and the present, both timelines are set in one of my favourite cities Paris. When Harriet found an old photograph of her grandmother, I couldn’t wait to read what happened back then. I was excited to read the stories of the three young seamstresses and the French resistance, but I had also prepared myself with lots of heartbreak and despair. What Fiona has given us is a story of unbreakable strong friendships, human resilience, endurance, hope and love. I found it incredibly moving. I couldn’t put this book down.
Fiona has created three totally different but strong and loveable characters. Fiona has the ability to make me weep just by describing Claire’s evening blue dress. This has a huge impact on me. Every time I thought about this dress, I wanted to weep. To weep for all the beautiful lives that were lost during WWII; to weep for all the people who have sacrificed themselves for others.
I think Fiona is truly a remarkable author. I really enjoyed The Dressmaker’s Gift. It is full of suspenses, twists and turns but most importantly it is full of courage and hearts. I hope you all have got a chance to check it out and read this incredible book. Highly recommend!
The Dressmaker’s Gift by Fiona Valpy is out now, published by Lake Union in paperback original and e-Book. You can buy it via amazon here.
Thank you so much Megan and ED PR for gifting me this beautiful copy to review.
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