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The Dressmaker's Gift

Written by: Fiona Valpy
Narrated by: Anne Flosnik, Justine Eyre
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
4 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the bestselling author of The Beekeeper’s Promise comes a gripping story of three young women faced with impossible choices. How will history - and their families - judge them?

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?

©2019 Fiona Valpy (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • 2020-07-12

Good overall, a few flaws

I am a seamstress familiar with the language of sewing, fabrics and fashion and though as a whole I enjoyed the story, I found some of the more descriptive parts relating to the fashion aspect of it to be too contrived. I felt that the author tried too hard, at times, to work the fashion descriptions in. Overall, it was a good storyline, so I tried not to dwell on that minor annoyance.
The performance of the two narrators was alright, but certainly not the best I have heard on Audible. The one narrator should have used more denture glue before she read.
Despite these issues, I still think it’s a worthwhile listen, especially to those interested in women’s roles in the Resistance during WWII.

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  • Eliza McNally
  • 2019-10-28

Fifty/Fifty

The war portion of this story far outweighs the present day story. I did not grow to like Harriet. Her story doesn’t have the power of that of her grandmother’s. I wasn’t really interested in her “poor me, nobody loved me” ideas. It would have been a better book just to tell the WWll story.

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  • Mrayanne Dineen
  • 2019-10-13

not her best

the story was very interesting but dragged at may points. the repetition of the theory of mental illness coming from family past trauma over and over was really wearing. the voice and accent of the primary reader was really grating.

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  • Lydia C.
  • 2019-10-17

Don't let it stop.

What a moving story, from the present to the past; from the joy to the pain. The reader envelopes you and brings you into the story keeping you engrossed throughout.

Highly recommend!

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  • Kim Wyatt
  • 2019-10-12

A little hard to follow

Although this book was a little difficult to follow, it was another great glimpse into history. It's hard to hear what people had to endure during the war. It makes one appreciate their sacrifices.

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  • BDundee
  • 2019-11-01

Fascinating story!

It reinforces the brutality of the Nazis and the courage of the men and women in the Resistance.

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  • Pam
  • 2019-10-09

Memorable

This book will stay with me for a very long time. I moved between tears a smiles so often - the lines between kinship, love and horror where very close. I can only imagine how harrowing the research must have been.

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  • Great Tutu Kona
  • 2019-11-07

Not for me

Terrible narration, dismal story, slow moving plot, if any. I just couldn't face another hour of that voice.

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  • Meghan
  • 2020-02-17

The Dressmaker’s Gift

I very much enjoyed the story, but I found the narration to be choppy and forced.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-01-30

Narration was a disappointment

I know the book itself has amazing reviews and I love audiobooks, but the narration in this was so bad that I found it distracting. The pacing, the intonation, the nasal tone... all difficult to tolerate.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-02-07

The Dressmaker's Gift

Present day story line was repetitious. Found the narration to be challenging. This one may be better in print.

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