The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz

ebook, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by HARLEQUIN - Graydon House Books
About the Book:
Two years after Grace Kelly’s royal wedding, her iconic dress is still all the rage in Paris—and one replica, and the secrets it carries, will inspire three generations of women to forge their own paths in life and in love. Paris, 1958: Rose, a seamstress at a fashionable atelier, has been entrusted with sewing a Grace Kelly-lookalike gown for a wealthy bride-to-be. But when, against better judgment, she finds herself falling in love with the bride's handsome brother, Rose must make an impossible choice—one that could put all she's worked for at risk: love, security, and of course, the dress. Sixty years later, tech CEO Rachel, who goes by the childhood nickname "Rocky," has inherited the dress for her upcoming wedding in New York City. But there's just one problem: Rocky doesn't want to wear it. A family heirloom dating back to the 1950s, the dress just isn't her. Rocky knows this admission will break her mother Joan's heart. But what she doesn't know is why Joan insists on the dress—or the heartbreaking secret that changed her mother's life decades before, as she herself prepared to wear it. As the lives of these three women come together in surprising ways, the revelation of the dress's history collides with long-buried family heartaches. And in the lead-up to Rocky's wedding, they'll have to confront the past before they can embrace the beautiful possibilities of the future.

You don’t have to let go of me just to get closer to her. Love makes us stronger, bigger. The heart expands with love. There isn’t a finite amount.

The Seamstress
Paris, 1958

This was, by far, the best part of the book and the one I enjoyed the most. Paris in the 1950's? Yes please! Rose was such an inspiring and interesting character.

Mother of the Bride, As a Bride Herself
Long Island, 1982

It was amazing to get such a through backstory on Joan and to have the reasons why she behaves and believes what she does.

The Bride
Brooklyn, 2020

Not as interesting as the historical parts of the book, but well done none the less. Rocky is the definition of a strong woman.

This book has it all--love, mystery, family. The author has a knack for description, and, though I've never been to Paris, I feel like I've been there after finishing the book. The characters aren't your typical which I always appreciate. This isn't your run of the mill romance as it's quite unpredictable. I was immediately pulled into the story and stayed there until the last page.

The Grace Kelly Dress is a book of few pages. But, those pages contain the charm and wit of many books. This is my first Brenda Janowitz novel and it was such an enjoyable one. What a refreshing book that gives you the unexpected.

Thank you NetGalley, Brenda Janowitz and HARLEQUIN - Graydon House Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

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