Again, as often it has happened, a TSLL reader introduced me to Jennifer Robson’s latest novel (December 2018), and I ever grateful that they did.
The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding depicts the time period in 1947 London in which now Queen Elizabeth II was getting married, and the gown she would wear on her wedding day made by designer Norman Hartnell.
Juxtaposing this 20th century moment in time with the granddaughter of one of the seamstresses living in Toronto in 2016, the plot shares the journey of two women who had the opportunity to work on Princess Elizabeth’s gown, and their lives leading up to and following this historic British event.
Robson, known for her historical fiction novels set in England and in France, was inspired by a conversation she had with one of the actual seamstresses who did work on the gown many decades ago, and in fact, part of their interview is included in the appendix of the book.
As a reader who enjoys learning as she reads something about the world, I found The Gown intertwined seamlessly both the historical moment of the time as the world emerged from World War II and the personal journeys of women during this time of history, offering an empowering insight into the social pressures and expectations of women, as well as gift of true friendship and what we can provide those we love when we see a gift they may not trust as unique or special.
~Learn more about the making of Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding dress in an article shared in Time written by Jennifer Robson
~Learn more about The Queen’s wedding
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