Sophie Robert zestfully introduces residents of London and Aldhurst Village in Kent for a WWII story based on actual events and people. Listeners meet Cressida Westcott, a famous London fashion designer whose business is bombed; Violet Westcott, her niece, who is diligently seeking a titled husband; and the vicar's sweet-natured daughter, Grace Carlisle, who is sadly involved in a loveless betrothal. Well-rendered chapters alternate these three distinct viewpoints and illustrate the vital role of women during the war. The novel focuses on an unusual war effort: repairing old, moth-eaten wedding dresses to reuse because of shortages. Robert delivers superb descriptions of wartime life and changing perspectives as disparate people commingle despite their previous class distinctions. It's a captivating listen, particularly the author's astonishingly in-depth and fascinating research notes. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2022]
Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2022
DD ISBN 9780593345412 $22.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2022
DD ISBN 9780593345436 $95.00
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