(EBOOK DOWNLOAD) [The Dressmakers Gift] AUTHOR Fiona Valpy
Review ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ñ Fiona ValpyGains insight into her family and into herself Harriet is also in Paris during the time of bombings and terrorist attacks in France This is an interesting and uniue Plot Line However I Think line However I think author missed some opportunities here to make some stronger connects between the time periods Several things made this a two star rating for me First the writing is average and ust basic storytelling Compared to other books I have read on this topic The Dressmaker s Gift is WWII lite and lacks emotional resonance There are also too many happy coincidences and too many happy *Endings For My Taste * for my taste was a three star book until the idea of inherited trauma was introduced Specific to the book Grandma Claire was in a Nazi prison camp Harriet s mother committed suicide and Harriet has some unspecified issues of her own Harriet finds some comfort in this trauma domino effect Though the author does mention in her afterward that the idea of inherited trauma is debated and that some scientists remain skeptical I worry that some vulnerable readers may latch onto this idea This is pretty new research with small sample sizes and poorly supported outcomes My understanding is that there are a lot uestions than answers about an ancestor s trauma altering genes in the next generations Certainly other readers may find my soapbox rant irrelevant to the bookFinally my recommendations for some powerhouse books about about Nazi occupied France and the French resistance Dragonfly by Leila Meacham The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 35 starsThis novel follows other modern historical fiction trends the modern day character Harriet finds an old photograph in box that shows her grandmother as a young lady with two other girls and Harriet then makes it her goal to uncover the past of her familial history concerning her grandmother ClaireThe first chapter was very clich Harriet moves to Paris obtaining a ob in the same building that her grandmother Claire worked in And she settles in the same apartment that her grandmother lived in And Harriet s roommate in that apartment happens to be the granddaughter of one of the girls in the picture who also lived in that same apartment Very convenient beginningBut the story does get better and becomes entertainingThe synopsis provided is accurate for the most part The three seamstresses in 1940 Claire Harriet s grandmother Mireille and Vivienne live together in a small apartment and slowly develop a trusted friendship Their involvement with the resistance is mostly limited to courier depending on the character though they do assistant in helping people out of German occupied France to safety With none of them being Jewish the Jew s oppression is merely a backdrop in the story and is only mentioned occasionally It does provide some insight into Flossenburg camp not as a Jew but as a traitorI did not enjoy Harriet s chapters as much They seemed like fillers and at times the story could be followed easily without having read some of Harriet s chapters However her chapters are not long so it could be followed easily without having read some of Harriet s chapters However her chapters are not long so it bearable In Harriet s chapters she mostly recounts the previous chapter of what was revealed to her about her grandmother She also struggles to cope with the loss of her mother to suicide and freuently Harriet uestions if she has inherited trauma genesOverall I liked the story and found it to be a light uick average read that at times intensified It focused on the girl s relationship development and their work as a seamstress in Nazi occupied Paris until approximately 45% on a Kindle The plot then heightens again at 61 % on a Kindle It does have interesting tidbits of historical information lightly sprinkled here and thereThere are an abundance of fashion references and scenes Highly recommend if you love Paris fashion It did not include any vulgar language sex scenes or explicit violence. Dinale she learns the truth about her grandmother – and herself – and unravels a family history that is darker and painful than she ever imaginedIn 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 apar. .
Nd present were also not that great Harriet was not a good character and her chapters really added nothing but a bit of bulk to the book There was also the issue of how she knew what was going on in the past how exactly did all of that inner dialogue get into letters It ust didn t make sense and like another reviewer commented having used a diary would have made this issue far stronger Also the forced links between the two were ust bad writing we didn t need to read Harriet reflecting on what had ust happened to Claire We read what happened to Claire ourselves It was pointless repetitive and felt like a way to bulk up the word count To be honest once I realised that Harriet s sections were ust fluff and trite nonsense about finding s sections were ust fluff and trite nonsense about finding with no real story I ended up skimming most of them which is good because it ended up being completely ridiculous Final complaint is about the level of repetition towards the end someone s true identity is revealed The fact that they said they were someone else is then repeated every single time the character is mention Seriously we can remember basic facts that were mentioned Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All just a few minutes ago Don t assume your reader is dumb and don t overexplain All in allust not a fan I read it in a few hours simply due to the fact that I really hate not finishing books so decided to blitz in instead Personally I thought it was the weakest book I ve read in a while but that might be because I ve had some very good World War II fiction over the last few months Personally I d give it a miss and read something else instead Disclaimer I received an advance reading copy from NetGalley This has not affected my review in any way and all opinions are my own A hauntingly beautiful story This book was completely immersive and really transports you back through time It s rare I read wartime stories that actually depict everything how it actually was rather than romanticizing everything Very down to earth book with relatable characters The Dressmaker s Gift by Fiona Valpy is a must read historical fiction novelIt follows the common trend most of the novels in this genre are following a young protagonist trying to discover their familial history and uncover their roots The plot is cliched at times yet the execution makes the ourney of reading this book worth its whileThere are abundant mentions of Paris and its fashion industry The end also mentions a few good books related to the German
War CampsVerdict Recommended IfcampsVerdict Recommended if enjoy reading stories revolving around WWII Dissenting opinionI picked this free book through the First Reads program or something like that I love stories set in WWII and I am always looking to read something from a different angle I enjoy books that move back and forth in time and reading about a character in the present discovering something about their family I also enjoy sewing as a hobby So the Description Of This Book Rang A Lot of this book rang a lot happy bells for me I m sad that it fell so short In terms of storytelling and writing there are so many better books out there The author s pitch for the not very scientifically sound idea of inherited trauma dropped this down to two stars for me The parallel stories have potential It is set between 1940 45 in Nazi occupied Paris Three young seamstresses live together above the fashion house where they are employed Each of them is involved in the French resistance in different ways They are initially unaware that the others are actively working to free France Move forward to 2017 One of the seamstress granddaughter comes to Paris hoping to learn about her family as she still mourns her mother s suicide some years earlier Coincidently she ends up in the same apartment as her grandmother and is rooming with a young woman whose grandmother was also a seamstress and living in that apartment As granddaughter Harriet learns about her grandmother Claire she. 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 themTwo 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 Car. ,
Yet another dual timeline story that
falls short in the history department This book didn t have much going on and nothingshort in the history department This book didn t have much going on and nothing happens until about half way through The 3 girls are supposed to be spies during WWII but they are the most boring spies ever until they are caught By then you really
#Don T Care Much About #t care much about as there is not a lot of emotional depth to this book There isn t enough history for my taste The only real history comes when two of the girls is sent to a work camp and even that story line is nothing newThe current time line had emotion but it was about wallowing in self pity I absolutely hate stories where the woman is supposed to be strong independent take charge and then she suddenly goes weak and makes a really stupid life changing decision based on emotion so the author can have a change in the plot As a very strong independent take charge woman myself this ust does not resonate with me in any wayThis will appeal to the history lite crowd but not to those who want depth and historical details Thanks to NetGalley Publishing UK and Fiona Valpy for my copy of her new book The Dressmaker s Gift I Have Read Her have read her book The Beekeeper s Promise and I loved itParis 1940 The city is occupied by the Nazis three young French seamstresses Claire Mireille and Vivienne are kept busy sewing beautiful dresses for German officers wives and their mistressesThe girls share a tiny apartment it s situated on the top floor of the fashion house where they work and the three girls are best friends The French citizens are struggl Sothe writing is not compelling completely sophomoric and unimaginative I m finding myself skimmingnot sure how this got such high ratings Fantastic with one small noteFantastic book It was gripping and suspenseful painful and emotional uplifting and allegorical for the times My one note is that the story of the three seamstresses is set up to be revealed to Harriet through some letters I don t want to say any spoilers so I ll Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis: Advice from Twentysomethings Who Have Been There and Survived just say that it seems unlikely that the person writing the letters would have such in depth knowledge of events that took place without himher I loved the idea behind the letters but it was hard to believe in points Perhaps a diary or some other artifacts from elsewhere could have helped bolster the believability Making the hand rocking motionThe grandmothers story was interesting and good The granddaughter s story was not so interesting and the coincidences reuired a suspension of disbelief beyond what I could muster Also the granddaughter was well kind of annoying and weak through most of the book which made it difficult not to whiz through her sections I see now it is one of the paradoxes of life that if we love it so much that we are frightened of losing it it can make us live a half life too scared to get out there and live whole heartedly because we have too much to lose Guided by a photo from her grandmother s past Harriet finds herself in Paris Desperate to find a sense of identity and recover from her past she sets about finding out the truth of what happened during World War II and what became of those three women in the photoUnfortunately this one wasn t really for me I found the writing uite simplistic at times and didn t feel the characters were very well written There was no real complexity and they were all very flimsily constructed who goes from loving a German officer to being part of the resistance within a few short pages Many of the situations like that could have been handled far better but insteadust felt like lazy writing Also I personally found any of the sections that were meant to be emotionally charged such as those focusing on the death of a character or two people falling in love yes this book also throws in the dreaded instalove Mexican Hooker just felt completely flat As a reader it made for a very dull reading experience The changes between past A Washington Post and Charts bestseller 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 –udge 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. ,