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The Dress in the Window: A Novel Paperback – July 25, 2017
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“In The Dress in the Window, Sofia Grant writes about sisters and mothers with a hand as deft as the needles her characters wield. This gorgeous novel transports and transforms, leaving the reader reluctant to step away from its pages.” (Rachael Herron, author of The Ones Who Matter Most)
“Readers who enjoy plots offering strong family relationships, artistic creativity, and enterprising business schemes will relish this portrait of mid-century America [...]” (Library Journal)
From the Back Cover
World War II has ended and American women are shedding their old clothes for the gorgeous new styles. Voluminous layers of taffeta and tulle, wasp waists, and beautiful colors—all so welcome after years of sensible styles and strict rationing.
Jeanne Brink and her sister, Peggy, both had to weather every tragedy the war had to offer: Jeanne without the fiancé she’d counted on, Peggy now a widowed mother, both living with Peggy’s mother-in-law in a grim mill town. But despite their gray pasts the sisters strive for a bright future—Jeanne by creating stunning dresses for her clients, with the help of Peggy’s brilliant sketches.
Together they are able to create amazing fashions and a more prosperous life than they’d ever dreamed of before the war. But sisterly love can sometimes turn into sibling jealousy. Always playing second fiddle to her sister, Peggy yearns to make her own mark. But as Peggy and Jeanne soon discover, the future is never without its surprises, ones that have the potential to make—or break—their dreams.
Top customer reviews
I really enjoyed this book, which is told from the perspective of all three women in the story – the two sisters and the mother-in-law. It is well plotted and well written, with a few surprises thrown in to make it interesting. What I loved most is the dialog between the characters, which flows naturally as if the reader is listening in on their private conversations. I was so entertained that I couldn’t put it down and listened to this book in one day – all 9 1/2 hours – forsaking all other plans for the day.
Teri Schnaubelt narrated this audiobook and she did a wonderful job. Her narration flows naturally and she is easy to listen to. She really brought the characters to life, using a variety of accents and giving each character their own distinct voice. In summary, I highly recommend this audiobook!
Overall Rating: 4 1/2 Stars