Saturday, November 17, 2018

Book Review: The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester

Two stories intertwined and a life filled with family secrets and love. Delve into the world of World War II France and NYC and meet the intriguing Estella and move to present day where we meet Estella's granddaughter, Fabienne.

My Rating for The Paris Seamstress: 4.5 Stars

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In 1940, young seamstress Estella Bissette is forced to flee Paris as the Nazi’s and German army advance into her beloved city. Leaving everything she loves behind, Estella ends up in New York City with her signature gold dress she designed, a few dollars in her pocket and her dream of opening her own fashion house.

In the present day, Fabienne Bissette, Estella’s granddaughter, helps open up the Met Gala’s exhibit featuring the work of her grandmother within the fashion world. But as Fabienne finds out more about her grandmother’s past, she wonders what else is hidden behind the life of Estella and how it will impact her present.

THE PARIS SEAMSTRESS is a book I just could not put down. It is told in two story arcs that converge together at times and tells a tale of Estella’s past, filled with love, tragedy and secrets. Ms. Lester delivers a powerful story that will haunt you and keep you glued to the pages until the very end. The story of Estella and by extension, Fabienne, is a pure delight to read and the reader can’t help but fall under their spell while reading THE PARIS SEAMSTRESS. The reader will get two stories, one set in WWII and in France and the other is more present day.

Meet Estella and Fabienne. Estella’s life is full of very high highs and some lows that would flatten a normal person. But not Estella. She persevered and delivered to the reader a story that will send chills through you even as you feel for her. Estella has secrets that Fabienne will slowly find about as she unravels those family secrets and finds out just what really happened to Estella. Fabienne is a delight as she unravels those secrets and I enjoyed the scenes of her finding those answers, even as her life continues and a love comes calling. Even as the reader goes along with Estella and Fabienne, I know I was chilled as I read the scenes of the war years and some of the effects it had on people during the time it happened.

What makes this book so powerful was not just the history it was centered around but also those gorgeous characters that just lifted themselves off the pages and into your life. They are exceptionally well written and just are captivating. The author does a marvelous job in capturing the distinct and unique personalities that were within the pages of THE PARIS SEAMSTRESS. If you enjoy a book that has two stories going and a slow build up to the secrets, where some secrets will be shocking in itself, then THE PARIS SEAMSTRESS is definitely for you. I can’t highly recommend this one enough.

this is an objective review and not an endorsement

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