March 27, 2018

The Paris Seamstress. Natasha Lester

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Published: Hachette Australia
Date:  27th March 2018
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 448
Genre: Historical/Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Parisian seamstress Estella Bissette is forced to flee France as the Germans advance. She is bound for Manhattan with a few francs, one suitcase, her sewing machine and a dream: to have her own atelier.

Australian curator Fabienne Bissette journeys to the annual Met Gala for an exhibition of her beloved grandmother's work - one of the world's leading designers of ready-to-wear. But as Fabienne learns more about her grandmother's past, she uncovers a story of tragedy, heartbreak and secrets - and the sacrifices made for love.

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The Paris Seamstress is a dual time line book, that ranges in setting from Paris to New York to Australia. One era is the war years - and the effects on France especially. The other era is one recent and modern. And through the years there is the mystery of family and friendships.  It tracks the endeavours of one woman - Estelle and her love of designing dresses and other clothing. When she finds herself in New York her journey begins.

The story is a huge roller coaster. There are highs and lows, at times it is quite dark and other times filled with hope and courage. It is an emotional read that documents the story of two women linked through family, and the people they are friends with and the people they deeply love.

While Estelle had many set backs, she continued on, at times she made mistakes and yet what a woman. I loved when she realises that a bully can have their 'power' taken from them. She is talented, far-sighted, loyal and loving.

Fabienne is hit with many surprises as she learns the story of her grandmother Estelle  through various revelations. Fabienne too is challenged to live life to the full, to develop her own talents and believe they can take her places. As well she comes to realise the power and passion of love, and can she grab it or let it flow out through her fingers.

If you like a book with women who have  a passion for what they do, you love clothing, enjoy dual time lines and can appreciate a book of highs and lows, secrets slowly revealed - some shocking, then this book is for you.
This is the Australian version of the book. The USA version will be out later in the year (September) and has this cover. Now having read the book I can see how apt it is. Although I love the one above too.
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  1. I love books with dual timelines. This one sounds really good, although I'm hoping the dark parts aren't too depressing.

  2. Wonderful review, Kathryn.

    This definitely sounds like a book I would enjoy!!

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. I always love the other cover versions of books this one too! Great review

  4. I do love the sound of this one! Thanks for sharing...great review.

  5. I, too, love the way this book sounds! Thank you!

  6. I must say I like that US cover :D If it fits


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