For readers of Lilac Girls and The Nightingale comes an internationally bestselling World War II novel that spans generations, crosses oceans, and proves just how much two young women are willing to sacrifice for love and family.
1940: As the Germans advance upon Paris, young seamstress Estella Bissette is forced to flee everything she's ever known. She's bound for New York City with her signature gold dress, a few francs, and a dream: to make her mark on the world of fashion.
Present day: Fabienne Bissette journeys to the Met's annual gala for an exhibit featuring the work of her ailing grandmother - a legend of women's fashion design. But as Fabienne begins to learn more about her beloved grandmother's past, she uncovers a story of tragedy, heartbreak and family secrets that will dramatically change her own life.
"I loved The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and I have a feeling that I'm going to love this dual timeline World War II novel based in war-torn France and present day." --Debbie Macomber
"This rich, memorable novel unfolds beautifully from start to finish." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Fascinating and impeccably researched." --Gill Paul, author of The Secret Wife
"A fantastically engrossing story. I love it." --Kelly Rimmer, USA Today bestselling author
"Gorgeously rich and romantic." --Kate Forsyth, author of Bitter Greens
"Intrigue, heartbreak... I cannot tell you how much I loved this book." --Rachel Burton, author of The Things We Need to Say
"If you're looking for a swoon-worthy romance, then The Paris Seamstress is for you. Natasha Lester's novel features not one but two love stories, spanning continents and centuries...Fans of historical romance will eat this one up." --Refinery29
Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Books of the Year
Included in BookBub's "Best Historical Fiction Coming this Fall"
"Combine family secrets, World War II, tragedy and heartbreak and you have the compelling ingredients of this month's book buyer's pick." -- Costco Connection, Pennie's Pick December 2018
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Australian author Natasha Lester sketches scenes of Manhattan in the '40s with a fashion designer's casually expert hand. Her sweet historical romance easily moves back and forth between the wartime story of aspiring dressmaker Estella and the present-day life of her granddaughter, Fabienne. The Paris Seamstress teases out its big reveal with a playful sense of melodrama that's a perfect match for Estella's burning ambition and Fabienne's yearning to understand her past.
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My favorite nivek
I personally loved this book! I work in the fashion industry so I really appreciated her detail in the description of the garments and atelier scenes (trying not to give too much away!). As far as the “cliche” reviews, I did not find it easy or telling at all. It kept me on my toes andu provided a sweet scene of old world Paris and New York which I found comforting. It was exactly what I was searching for in a summer read that was different than beach town romances. I could not recommend this book more!
The Paris Seamstress
Loved this book great Historical Fiction with twists and turns!
Although there are a few plot points beyond typical paperback romance novels this book is just as trite and smarmy. Twins separated at birth, cliche. Men who are terribly wicked, tragically flawed or nearly perfect (but never nuanced), cliche. Women who have great difficulty seeing truth and logic, also cliche. Some of the dialogue was so poorly written it is hard to believe an editor let it pass. Two stars for the bits of history that came through and for some of the fashion description but there was not enough of anything else here to recommend the book. Don't waste your time. Read Dickens A Tale of Two Cities or Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliette instead.