The Grace Kelly Dress. Brenda Janowitz

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Published: Harlequin-Graydon House
Date: 3rd March 2020
Source: Publicist via NetGalley

The Grace Kelly Dress follows the timeline of three different women on the cusp of adulthood and marriage.  They are three generations of women and at the centre is a wedding dress made in the likeness, but not a knock off, of Grace Kelly’s dress. The eldest Rose is French and an excellent seamstress living in Paris and working in an atelier in 1958. She will eventually live in the USA.

After Rose marries her daughter Joan wears her wedding dress, and some adjustments are made, now Joan wants Rocky (Rachel) to wear the dress, but… it isn’t quite to Rocky’s taste. But can she tell her mother that? And what about Grandmère?

The story moves along in three timelines and is fast paced and often revealing little surprises along the way. Each woman has a love story that threads through,  yet  there are heartaches  and challenges for each that are painful to face.

While I liked each character and their story, for me there was not enough emotional depth to each character, I didn’t fully connect to their lives. There was too much happening, and so much had to be glossed over.

It is well written and if you like stories of generations of women, tradition and moving on, the joy of a wedding dress and high couture then this one could be for you.


Photo of authorBrenda Janowitz is the author of five novels, including The Dinner Party and Recipe for a Happy Life. She is the Books Correspondent for PopSugar. Brenda’s work has also appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Salon, Redbook, and the New York Post. She lives in New York.

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