A perfect debut novel is like a perfect dress - it's a "must have", and when you "try it on" it fits perfectly. In this richly patterned story of sisterhood, ambition, and reinvention, Sofia Grant has created a story just right for fans of Vintage and The Dress Shop of Dreams.
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 color - 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 - Peggy now a widowed mother, Jeanne without the fiancé she'd counted on, both living with Peggy's mother-in-law in a grim mill town. But despite their gray pasts, they long for a bright future - Jeanne by creating stunning dresses for her clients with the help of her sister Peggy's brilliant sketches.
Together they combine forces 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 they soon discover, the future is never without its surprises, ones that have the potential to make - or break - their dreams.
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Engaging Post-WWII Story set in Philadelphia
The Dress in the Window by Sophia Grant is an engaging and enthralling story set shortly after World War II about two sisters trying to survive following the death of their fellas during the war. Living in Philadelphia with one sister’s mother-in-law and young daughter, the sisters are very talented with designing and making creative and stunning dresses to make ends meet. Unfortunately, working out of their home did not earn them enough money to make ends meet, so they go into the work force. It is there that the sisters start to grow apart with hard choices that change the family’s dynamic.
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
No wonder we wore big skirts with poodles on them.
Audio is so much better the Narrator paints the picture for you with the authors words and Teri Schnaubelt's wonderful voice.
When Thelma finally loses her temper and when Tommy comes home.
When Jean gets her apartment. How wonderful after all those years.
The picnic outfit. That seems to have started everything up.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.