Tuesday, May 31, 2022

The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle by Jennifer Ryan

 

After renowned fashion designer Cressida Westcott loses both her home and her design house in the London Blitz, she has nowhere to go but the family manor house she fled decades ago. Praying that her niece and nephew will be more hospitable than her brother had been, she arrives with nothing but the clothes she stands in, at a loss as to how to rebuild her business while staying in a quaint country village.

Her niece, Violet Westcott, is thrilled that her famous aunt is coming to stay—the village has been interminably dull with all the men off fighting. But just as Cressida arrives, so does Violet’s conscription letter. It couldn’t have come at a worse time; how will she ever find a suitably aristocratic husband if she has to spend her days wearing a frumpy uniform and doing war work?

Meanwhile, the local vicar’s daughter, Grace Carlisle, is trying in vain to repair her mother’s gown, her only chance of a white wedding. When Cressida Westcott appears at the local Sewing Circle meeting, Grace asks for her help—but Cressida has much more to teach the ladies than just simple sewing skills.

Before long, Cressida’s spirit and ambition galvanizes the village group into action, and they find themselves mending wedding dresses not only for local brides, but for brides across the country. And as the women dedicate themselves to helping others celebrate love, they might even manage to find it for themselves.

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About The Author


Hello, I'm the author of National Bestseller The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, The Spies of Shilling Lane, and The Kitchen Front. Before I began writing, I was a nonfiction book editor with a passion for the Second World War. My warm and cheerful grandmother would tell stories about that era, both funny and fascinating, and the books are based on these.

If you have read any of my books, do get in touch and tell me what you think. And please visit my website for free monthly giveaways.

www.JenniferRyanAuthor.com

 

My Review


 

I really enjoyed this book, and the author places us in England, with bombs dropping and building crumbling. We are given a set of characters that we soon care about, and we begin with famous dress designer Cressida Westcott, a women who gave up the nobility life and forged a path of her own.
We travel with Cressida back to her roots, and with no other place to live she ends up in her childhood home. From here her life is set on a new track, a niece she didn’t know Violet, an old friends daughter, he is the Vicar, Grace, and a town of giving people, end up changing the lives of many.
This page turner of a read gives us a taste of community life, those who give all to make a special day more enjoyable for young brides, throw in a bit of romance, and dark times become brighter.
A book that once finished you would love to continue with!
I received this book through Net Galley and Ballantine Books, and was not required to give a positive review.

 

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