The Dressmaker of Paris
'A story of loss and escape, redemption and forgiveness. Fans of Lucinda Riley will adore it' (Sunday Express)
by Georgia Kaufmann
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 04 Feb 2021 | Archive Date 04 Feb 2021
'Involving, immersive and unputdownable' - bestselling author Jill Mansell
I need to tell you a story, ma chère. My story.
Rosa Kusstatscher has built a global fashion empire upon her ability to find the perfect outfit for any occasion. But tonight, as she prepares for the most important meeting of her life, her usual certainty eludes her.
What brought her to this moment? As she struggles to select her dress and choose the right shade of lipstick, Rosa begins to tell her incredible story. The story of a poor country girl from a village high in the mountains of Italy. Of Nazi occupation and fleeing in the night. Of hope and heartbreak in Switzerland; glamour and love in Paris. Of ambition and devastation in Rio de Janeiro; success and self-discovery in New York.
A life spent running, she sees now. But she will run no longer.
Breathtaking and utterly enthralling, The Dressmaker of Paris is perfect for fans of Lucinda Riley, Kate Morton and Dinah Jefferies.
'The Dressmaker of Paris is a delicious book: elegantly structured, beautifully written and with a fascinating protagonist. Georgia Kaufmann has created a beautiful and compelling novel that had me hooked until the very last page. And that ending: wow!' - Gill Thompson, bestselling author of The Oceans Between Us
'Sensuous, sweeping and utterly engrossing, The Dressmaker of Paris is as dazzling and finely crafted as a Dior gown' - Rachel Rhys, bestselling author of Dangerous Crossing
'The story of a remarkable woman . . . A book you will lose yourself in' - Gill Paul, bestselling author of THE LOST DAUGHTER
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 42 members
What a wonderful book. The story of a country girl who made a fantastic life for herself. However, the journey she travelled to get yhere was full of challenges. This book is so beautifully crafted together - all the places she travelled; all the horrors she faced, all strung together in this gripping book.
Escapism is something I desperately need in my books these days and this one have it to me in bucket loads. As well as a fab story. It took me away from Covid and exporter me to beautiful sunny climits. Loved it.
I think I felt every emotion reading this book, it truly felt like a journey of discovery. Told directly through the memories of the main character, Rosa, as she is reflecting back on her life before a major event, you see how items of every day life transform in to memories, lessons and anecdotes from her past leading up to the present day. This book explores a young girl growing up in Europe during WW2 and how the events there influence her life in so many directions. It was gripping to read the decades influence her life, her loves, her tragedies, her heartbreaks, but also her accomplishments. At times it was hard to remember how young Rosa was at the beginning of her story, I mistakenly felt quite shocked and saddened by her decisions but I then realised she was traumatised and so young, and this burden was weighing her heavily throughout the main bulk of this book, it was only towards the end I felt I could see her and then I understood. I was so moved by the ending of this tale, such a wonderful story.
Wow what a stunning read!!,,,where do begin? Be prepared to go on a journey ma chere with Rosa as you become fully immersed into her story. This novel is cleverly structured and because of this you won't be able to put it down! It made me feel all of the emotions and the ending had me in tears. A beautiful read that will tug on you heartstrings and a must read for 2021..
I love reading the occasional historical fiction and my discovery of this novel was significantly facilitated by its beautiful cover, which is why as soon as I was approved for the ARC, I moved everything on my TBR aside and dove right into it. Rosa Kusstatscher has built a global fashion empire upon her ability to find the perfect outfit for any occasion. Tonight, as she prepares for the most important meeting of her life, her usual certainty eludes her. What brought her to this moment? As she struggles to select her dress and choose the right shade of lipstick, Rosa begins to tell her story. The story of a poor country girl from a village high in the mountains of Italy. Of Nazi occupation and fleeing in the night. Of hope and heartbreak in Switzerland; of glamour and love in Paris. Of ambition and devastation in Rio de Janeiro, and of success in New York. A life spent running, as she sees now. But she will run no longer. The novel spans decades and continents in this riveting account of a young woman’s journey to self-discovery. As I followed Rosa in the retelling of her story and the struggles that were part of it, I often forgot how young she was. As a teenage victim who escapes the Nazi occupation, becomes Christian Dior’s Muse, and grows to be a world famous fashion icon and businesswoman, she takes each challenge in her stride. Her encounters with love, friendship, and sisterhood, encourage her to draw strength from within and rise above the heartbreak and tragedy. As mesmerising as this novel is, what truly brings it full circle is the way it ends. It transforms your entire reading experience, leaving you with a heart bursting with emotion that is impossible to contain. Inspiring, soul-stirring, and hypnotic, this novel will hook you with the first line and reel you in. This ARC courtesy of NetGalley and Hodder Books.