on March 3rd, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Paris, 1958: Rose, a seamstress at a fashionable atelier, has been entrusted with sewing a Grace Kelly-lookalike gown for a wealthy bride-to-be. But when, against better judgment, she finds herself falling in love with the bride's handsome brother, Rose must make an impossible choice—one that could put all she's worked for at risk: love, security, and of course, the dress.
Sixty years later, tech CEO Rachel, who goes by the childhood nickname "Rocky," has inherited the dress for her upcoming wedding in New York City. But there's just one problem: Rocky doesn't want to wear it. A family heirloom dating back to the 1950s, the dress just isn't her. Rocky knows this admission will break her mother Joan's heart. But what she doesn't know is why Joan insists on the dress—or the heartbreaking secret that changed her mother's life decades before, as she herself prepared to wear it.
As the lives of these three women come together in surprising ways, the revelation of the dress's history collides with long-buried family heartaches. And in the lead-up to Rocky's wedding, they'll have to confront the past before they can embrace the beautiful possibilities of the future.
Two years after Grace Kelly’s royal wedding, her iconic dress is still all the rage in Paris—and one replica, and the secrets it carries, will inspire three generations of women to forge their own paths in life and in love.
I found this story to be very enjoyable and a delight to read. The story explores the relationships between three generations of women and their relationship with a dress created in Paris as an ode to the unforgettable wedding gown worn by Grace Kelly.
The story begins with and focuses on, Rocky, daughter of Joanie and granddaughter of Rose. We see them as they experience and reason through their romantic entanglements, and their paths to wedded bliss. With each woman, we follow along as they re-design the dress for use in their wedding and quickly see how the generations don’t necessarily attach sentiment of the dress, or share the affinity for tradition.
Janowitz does an exemplary job creating her characters and develops each woman’s story unique to the time period and place. I love how the plot floats between the three, keeping the book interesting and fun to read. I found myself guessing both correctly and incorrectly what path they would follow. And I loved how the dress really did belong to each woman, without expectation for keeping it exactly as designed. It really was about how the dress design was inspired by a love for fashion and “grace”. 4 Stars and recommendation!
~Review by Cyndi