Book Review: The Dressmaker’s Gift by Fiona Valpy 

How I got the book?

I got this book by following my 2022 book challenge:  “A book was written by an author starting with F” so I chose “The Dressmaker’s Gift” by Fiona Valpy.  I got it as an ebook free through the Amazon Prime subscription. I also have an A – Z Reading Challenge, so this book also checks the “D” on the list.

The book has a staggering 4.5-star rating out of 5 with over more than 29,000 reviews, which is truly impressive.   I chose the book after reading the premise of the book. The book can be bought in paperback, Ebook format, and Audiobook.

Information about the author

Fiona Valpy is a bestselling author, whose books have been translated into more than twenty different languages worldwide. Among her published works are 8 novels including “The Storyteller of Casablanca” and “The Skylark’s Secret”.

What is the book about?

As taken from Amazon and Goodreads the premise of the book is:

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?

My Personal Opinion:

I enjoyed reading this book a lot. In my opinion, the book is a solid 4.5 out of 5.

I liked the way the story is narrated from two different angles; one is through Harriet in current times and the other part is the story of the three dressmakers that through courage and conviction defy their current war-torn city of Paris during the strict Nazi occupation.

Harriet has grown up with a sense of not belonging anywhere and to anyone after her mother’s suicide and goes through a journey of self-discovery as she learns about the courage and determination that her grandmother had during the war

I also enjoyed the characters of the three dressmakers which show us strength, love, friendship, compassion, and courage.

The end was great, with a wonderful way to unite Harriet with her heritage through her grandmother’s courage and trauma. Harriet finds the determination to come to terms with her own upbringing, her new family, and finding love. At the same time, we recognized the immense sadness, suffering, courage, and love that the Resistance showed during the War

Overall, a really loving, moving, inspiring, and somewhat sad novel that is worth the read.

The Highlights of the Book:

In my opinion, the highlight of the book is the three dressmakers, Claire, Mireille, and Viv, and their actions through the War in their beloved city of Paris while the city is occupied by the Nazis.

The Negatives:

I do not have a big negative on this book, it was a good read from beginning to end. At times the character of Harriet could be a bit messy, but as the book narrated the stories of the three dressmakers, Harriet’s character evolved into a more likable character.

Information as found in Amazon:

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lake Union Publishing
  • Publication date: October 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 289 pages
  • Genre: Fiction / Historical Fiction

What are you reading right now? What book would you recommend to me? Would you like a personal review of a book? Let me know! I am always looking for recommendations and suggestions to add to my reading list.

Enjoy reading!!!

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