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Publisher Description

How much will a young Parisian seamstress sacrifice to make her mark in the male-dominated world of 1940s New York fashion? From the author of A KISS FROM MR FITZGERALD and HER MOTHER'S SECRET.

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.

2015. Australian curator Fabienne Bissette attends the annual Met Gala for an exhibition of her grandmother's work - one of the world's leading designers of ready-to-wear clothing. But as Fabienne learns more about her grandmother's past, she uncovers a story of heartbreak and secrets - and the sacrifices made for love.

THE PARIS SEAMSTRESS is the beguiling, transporting story of the special relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter as they attempt to heal the heartache of the past.

'Lester deftly darts from Paris in 1941 to New York' The Australian Women's Weekly

'Lester brings bold, brave women to life' Herald Sun

'A gorgeously rich and romantic novel about young women finding their way in the world.' KATE FORSYTH

'This rich, memorable novel unfolds beautifully from start to finish.' Publishers Weekly

27 March
Hachette Australia
Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

Customer Reviews

Leggy from Down Under ,


Two time lines that blend well together intertwining characters based on fact during WW2. A compelling story that opened my imagination into colours, costume & an era in fashion through words. I also had the pleasure to listen one evening in the local library to Natasha speak about her books, her methodical research & composition as well as using projected pictures. Paris, France came alive in the viewers eyes & her passion for writing. And here I am onto the next book in my library.

Purple Mirror ,

Loved it

Natasha captures dual timelines from the 1940s & contemporary times so elegantly, like a flowing stream. The main characters are women entwined in the fashion industry, which would of been difficult to break through with the domination of men in the industry.
Expertly she combines romance, love, hate, fears & deep secrets with many complexities arising as you keep reading, making it hard to put down.
Really enjoyed this novel, I will be reading more of Natasha’s books, well done 📚📚📚

BelStarr ,


Didn’t want to put it down !

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