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The Dressmaker's Gift

Narrated by: Anne Flosnik, Justine Eyre
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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A Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Charts best seller.

From the best-selling author of The Beekeeper’s Promise comes a gripping story of three young women faced with impossible choices. How will history - and their families - judge them?

Paris, 1940. With the city occupied by the Nazis, three young seamstresses go about their normal lives as best they can. But all three are hiding secrets. War-scarred Mireille is fighting with the Resistance; Claire has been seduced by a German officer; and Vivienne’s involvement is something she can’t reveal to either of them.

Two generations later, Claire’s English granddaughter Harriet arrives in Paris, rootless and adrift, desperate to find a connection with her past. Living and working in the same building on the Rue Cardinale, she learns the truth about her grandmother - and herself - and unravels a family history that is darker and more painful than she ever imagined.

In wartime, the three seamstresses face impossible choices when their secret activities put them in grave danger. Brought together by loyalty, threatened by betrayal, can they survive history’s darkest era without being torn apart?

©2019 Fiona Valpy (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Eliza McNally
  • 28-10-2019

Fifty/Fifty

The war portion of this story far outweighs the present day story. I did not grow to like Harriet. Her story doesn’t have the power of that of her grandmother’s. I wasn’t really interested in her “poor me, nobody loved me” ideas. It would have been a better book just to tell the WWll story.

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  • Mrayanne Dineen
  • 13-10-2019

not her best

the story was very interesting but dragged at may points. the repetition of the theory of mental illness coming from family past trauma over and over was really wearing. the voice and accent of the primary reader was really grating.

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  • BDundee
  • 01-11-2019

Fascinating story!

It reinforces the brutality of the Nazis and the courage of the men and women in the Resistance.

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  • Lydia C.
  • 17-10-2019

Don't let it stop.

What a moving story, from the present to the past; from the joy to the pain. The reader envelopes you and brings you into the story keeping you engrossed throughout. Highly recommend!

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  • Kim Wyatt
  • 12-10-2019

A little hard to follow

Although this book was a little difficult to follow, it was another great glimpse into history. It's hard to hear what people had to endure during the war. It makes one appreciate their sacrifices.

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  • Pam
  • 09-10-2019

Memorable

This book will stay with me for a very long time. I moved between tears a smiles so often - the lines between kinship, love and horror where very close. I can only imagine how harrowing the research must have been.

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  • Great Tutu Kona
  • 07-11-2019

Not for me

Terrible narration, dismal story, slow moving plot, if any. I just couldn't face another hour of that voice.

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  • Meghan
  • 17-02-2020

The Dressmaker’s Gift

I very much enjoyed the story, but I found the narration to be choppy and forced.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-01-2020

Narration was a disappointment

I know the book itself has amazing reviews and I love audiobooks, but the narration in this was so bad that I found it distracting. The pacing, the intonation, the nasal tone... all difficult to tolerate.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-2020

The Dressmaker's Gift

Present day story line was repetitious. Found the narration to be challenging. This one may be better in print.

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  • Mickvix
  • 22-09-2020

Couldn’t get into it

I’m sure this story was lovely but I found the narration confusing and slightly automated. I couldn’t finish the book because of this because I found it very distracting - sorry x

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  • Mrs Linda J Francis
  • 07-09-2020

A wonderful story

Reading this you are taken to Paris in the war time and what everyone went through. I felt as if I knew those 3 girls. Well written with very real descriptions of what it was like in those horrific prison camps.

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  • caren
  • 21-08-2020

Poor narration

The narrator is appalling, completely ruins the book. The story is ok, quite interesting. I wouldn’t recommend though.

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  • Jade
  • 25-07-2020

loved it

loved the combination of history and story. well researched. never saw this side of fashion.

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  • karen sinclair
  • 14-07-2020

Can’t listen to this book

This book’s narration is extremely irritating. The story after the intro is really simplistic - might be me as I had really high hopes for this novel.

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  • Mrs. Amanda Hann
  • 08-07-2020

Dressmaker’s Gift

This is one of those books that have you wrapped up in the whole story from beginning to end. The twist and turns. I recommend this book to anyone who has a few hours and who wants to be awed and inspired. I hope Fiona Valpy has more books Inked this...

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  • Nichola Manning
  • 08-06-2020

A slow moving difficult story

The narrator of Harriet has an unusually irritating voice. Whilst she had a good understanding of French accent, it was her English uptilt at the end of each sentence that began to grate. The story was sad but slow moving. It was not an easy book to like.

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  • sabreen
  • 03-06-2020

Great story, poor narration

Listened till the end for the story but the narration was a struggle to listen to

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  • Caroline Brian
  • 15-05-2020

Disappointed

I listened to this book on audible and have to say it’s the worst narration I have heard!! I couldn’t enjoy the story at all I was so distracted by the strange voices and pronunciation!

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  • susan nightingale
  • 07-05-2020

The Dressmaker`s Gift

I cannot carry on with this book. The narration is unbearable!. Phoney accents and with one character, the intonation in every sentence is the same and not one I have ever heard in real !ife. I wish I could send it back where it came from and get another one that is authentic.