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As a young girl, I was fascinated by the Royal Family, especially Queen Elizabeth.

I suspect the fairy tale spectacle of her Coronation was what captured my imagination.

So when my husband told me about a new book called “The Gown – A Novel of the Royal Wedding”.  I was ‘away to the races’.

First I checked “Goodreads” – THE PLACE to learn about a book.  I discovered it was “an enthralling historical novel about one of the most famous wedding dresses of the twentieth century—Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown—and the fascinating women who made it”.

Next I listened to an interview on CBC with the Canadian author, Jennifer Robson.  You can click here or on the image below to get to the article and audio interviews with Jennifer.  After I listened to them, I immediately purchased the book.

I raced through the book and was so sad when it was over.  It wasn’t a sad ending, but I knew I would miss reading it.  The author drew me into the story from the first page.  It’s a novel first and foremost.  As historical fiction it creates a fictional story around the time period.  And in fact, during her extensive research for the book, Jennifer met a woman who had worked on the actual wedding gown.

It’s a riveting story of the times and the artistry of designing this historic gown.  The three women who are main characters each have their own story.  There is also a time shift from 1947 to 2016.  It all makes for an engrossing read.  And let me say that you don’t have to be a Royal fancier to appreciate the book. If you enjoy novels about World War II and post WWII then you will enjoy this one immensely.

I also think it would make a great movie.  I’ve got my fingers crossed that a movie producer sees the potential that I see.

I enjoyed reading one of Jennifer Robson’s other books before I read ‘The Gown’.  I plan to search out her other titles and read them too.  You can check out her website for more info and even receive a personal bookplate for your copy of “The Gown”. She has a lot of interesting info on the website – so check it out here.

I look forward to hearing your comments about the book or the interviews, if you haven’t read the book yet.  Share your thoughts below.  And by all means share this blog with your friends who enjoy a good read and/or get a kick out of ‘Royal’ stuff.

 

 

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