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  • The Gown
  • Jennifer Robson
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  • 06 January 2018
  • 9780062674951

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FREE DOWNLOAD The Gown ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF 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 did 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 N. Jennifer Robson s novel is rich in details about the society and culture of England post WW11 and the country 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 despair She does so through the lives of two seamstresses that will work on the royal wedding 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 the designer 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 descriptions of the fabric and the work of creating the embroidery The fabric obtained was duchesse 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 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 a deconstruction 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 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 much deserved attention


FREE DOWNLOAD The Gown ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF 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 scenes details 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. 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 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 in dual timelines 2006 in Canada and 1947 in Great Britain as the Princess readies to marry In 2016 Heather Mackenzie s grandmother 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 in delving 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 doesThe dress designed and sewed by Hartnell became the focus yet Mr Hartnell had died 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 done by hand Highly recommended and well loved by this reader

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FREE DOWNLOAD The Gown ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF “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 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. 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 definitely did 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 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