About the Book:
The secret is hidden within a collection of Dior dresses…
London, 2017. There’s no one Lucille adores more than her grandmother. So when her beloved Granny Sylvie asks for Lucille’s assistance with a small matter, she’s happy to help. The next thing she knows, Lucille is on a train to Paris, tasked with retrieving a priceless Dior dress. But not everything is as it seems, and what Lucille finds in a small Parisian apartment will have her scouring the city for answers to a question that could change her entire life.
Paris, 1952. Postwar France is full of glamour and privilege, and Alice Ainsley is in the middle of it all. As the wife to the British ambassador to France, Alice’s job is to see and be seen–even if that wasn’t quite what she signed up for. Her husband showers her with jewels, banquets, and couture Dior dresses, but his affection has become distressingly elusive. As the strain on her marriage grows, Alice’s only comfort is her bond with her trusted lady’s maid, Marianne. But when a new face appears in her drawing room, Alice finds herself yearning to follow her heart…no matter the consequences.
The City of Light comes alive in this lush, evocative tale that explores the ties that bind us together, the truths we hold that make us who we are, and the true meaning of what makes someone family.
History, mystery and couture-what more could I have asked for? The Last Dress from Paris by Jade Beer is a rich story told in dual timelines by different narrators. I was hooked from the first scene to the last page with the gorgeous descriptions, charming characters, and delightful storyline.
The Last Dress from Paris follows Lucille from London to Paris as she chases down a Dior gown that her beloved grandmother claims to have owned. On her journey she discovers her grandmother’s secrets, forges new friendships, falls in love with Paris, and best of all, she learns much about herself.
I loved the descriptions of the gorgeous Dior dresses as well as the details of each dress’ history. I was much more enthralled with Lucille’s story in 2017 than that of Alice in 1952. Ms. Beer’s entwining of the two story lines was beautiful and smooth. The Last Dress from Paris is a must read for fans of historical fiction and fashion.
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