The Paris Seamstress by Natasha LesterThe Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester

The Paris Seamstress

byNatasha Lester

Paperback | September 18, 2018

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For readers ofLilac GirlsandThe Nightingalecomes an internationally bestselling World War II novel that spans generations, crosses oceans, and proves just how much two young women are willing to sacrifice for love and family.

1940: As the Germans advance upon Paris, young seamstress Estella Bissette is forced to flee everything she's ever known. She's bound for New York City with her signature gold dress, a few francs, and a dream: to make her mark on the world of fashion.

Present day: Fabienne Bissette journeys to the Met's annual gala for an exhibit featuring the work of her ailing grandmother - a legend of women's fashion design. But as Fabienne begins to learn more about her beloved grandmother's past, she uncovers a story of tragedy, heartbreak and family secrets that will dramatically change her own life.

"I lovedThe Nightingaleby Kristin Hannah and I have a feeling that I'm going to love this dual timeline World War II novel based in war-torn France and present day." --Debbie Macomber
"This rich, memorable novel unfolds beautifully from start to finish." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Fascinating and impeccably researched." --Gill Paul, author ofThe Secret Wife
"A fantastically engrossing story. I love it." --Kelly Rimmer,USA Todaybestselling author
"Gorgeously rich and romantic." --Kate Forsyth, author ofBitter Greens
"Intrigue, heartbreak... I cannot tell you how much I loved this book." --Rachel Burton, author ofThe Things We Need to Say
"If you're looking for a swoon-worthy romance, thenThe Paris Seamstressis for you. Natasha Lester's novel features not one but two love stories, spanning continents and centuries...Fans of historical romance will eat this one up."--Refinery29
Publishers WeeklyMost Anticipated Books of the Year
Included in BookBub's "Best Historical Fiction Coming this Fall"
"Combine family secrets, World War II, tragedy and heartbreak and you have the compellingingredientsof this month's book buyer's pick." --Costco Connection, Pennie's Pick December 2018
Natasha Lester worked as a marketing executive for L'Oreal before penning theUSA Todayand internationally bestselling novelThe Paris Seamstress. When she's not writing, she loves collecting vintage fashion, traveling, reading, practicing yoga, and playing with her three children. Natasha lives in Perth, Western Australia.
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Title:The Paris SeamstressFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:464 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.25 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.25 × 1.25 inPublished:September 18, 2018Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1538714779

ISBN - 13:9781538714775

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just okay I’ve read many historical fiction books and this one was just okay (especially compared to The Nightingale and The Alice Network). The storyline was slow and difficult to follow at times.
Date published: 2019-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Character Driven Excellence I was blown away by The Paris Seamstress. I read a lot of WWII, female perspective fiction. I enjoy learning about the challenges overcome, feel that reading historical fiction helps honour those that came before and teaches us what to do or not to do in the future. Usually in a WWII book you are prepared to be emotionally wrung out by the end or even in the first 10%. The Paris Seamstress is different. It's not any less impactful but it's a very different story from a different outlook on WWII other than the heart of Europe, the front-line fighting or a concentration camp like we are familiar with. Setting Our lead gal has been sent to New York, USA in order to be out of the way of the Nazi's invading and about to occupy Paris. Our Parisian lead gal is in her late teens/early twenties through the book. She is about to have to fight hard just to survive on the streets and in the fashion industry of New York. Luckily she has had an upbringing in the Paris fashion scene and can copy fashions (or create her own) that will help her generate income. But first she has to break out and be noticed in New York. One of the great things about how Natasha Lester has set-up The Paris Seamstress is that it could be any time period, and any woman's story of breaking into any industry. There are specifics of course here in terms of gender, the war creating a lack of supplies, and also being an immigrant but these are the 'things to overcome' that could be easily modified. The core of this story is about fighting to be seen, heard and become an influence on society in some way. Don't be dissuaded if you aren't big into fashion. Clothing is not the heart of the story; overcoming odds and persevering is what this book is really about. Characters The most endearing part of this story is the characters. Not only is our lead gal genuine, tough but emotional, and hard-working; she is also passionate in so many ways. Be it in her romantic relationships, her work or her desire to be successful or her sorrow over the losses of the war. There are other wonderful supporting or 'almost main' characters including her business partners: another young gal working as a model and a man she meets on the boat on the way to New York (who cuts the fabrics economically). There is also a charming (and rich) suitor but you'll have to read it to learn about this mysterious man. I can't tell you about most of the other wonderful people we encounter as there are too many spoiler opportunities! Just know all the characters are well fleshed out and endearing in their own ways. The War Carries On We do experience (from a far) Pearl Harbour and the introduction of the USA into WWII. Lester also takes us back to the streets of Paris during occupation for a time and all around New York experiencing classes from dirt poor to filthy rich. These varying view points give a well rounded out feel for what WWII was like for those not in the heat of the battle or occupation; but instead living in a bustling city like New York. Even our time in Paris during occupation is a little surreal and a bit jolly at moments (which Lester does on purpose to show a point). Eventually of course the war does taper off and we find out what happens to our leading characters; but don't be deceived the war is still a major factor and is what drives many of our character decisions. The 'Present' Story Did I make it sound like the whole book was set in WWII time? Yeah I wish. My sole complaint about The Paris Seamstress is I could have lost ALL of the present day story with the granddaughter of our fashionista in New York and missed not a lick of her story. There is a mystery throughout the book that she keeps alive; but I really didn't care about it at all to be honest. It felt unnecessary and the 'reveal' was way more relevant to the impact it made on our WWII characters than it was to the present time ones. I just wanted to keep being along for the stories of our characters during WWII. Of course the mystery ties everything together but honestly without it this is still be an amazing five star book. It felt like an editor told Lester something like, these days people like the split perspective in time for historical novels so add that in. I'd have preferred more scenes with our leading lady encountering high society and snobbery in New York, or our model's exploitation concerns than read about the present day granddaughter at all. Overall If you want to read about a strong female lead in WWII I think you'll really enjoy this. There is a lot about fashion but I'm not a very picky fashion girl and didn't find it boring. Most of the fashion talk is about conserving and using cheaper fabric, creating clothes women want to wear (not have to wear) and other feminist style ideas. There is a romance, and it is bittersweet. I can't say much more than that. For sure this is a novel about staying strong, ensuring you believe in yourself and that life is not fair but we find a way to carry forward and be content (if not truly happy). It is more driven by our characters than the mystery itself. I adored this book and cannot wait to recommend it out to all historical fiction fans and even readers outside the genre boundaries. A good story about people creates a space where the genre becomes irrelevant and is instead just a great character driven read. Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.
Date published: 2019-03-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A bad combo of Law and Order SVU and a Hallmark Movie Where to start. The plot is contrived and forced. If you like an easy read with lots of sexual tension and some super creepy sadistic plot twists. Then this would be perfect. In the Authors note she claims that this is Historical Fiction.... its not. So many better books out there, Don't waste your time.
Date published: 2019-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! I was so sad when this book ended. I laughed, I cried and I couldn't put it down. By far, one of the best books I've read in 2018. I will definitely be reading this book again.
Date published: 2018-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! I really enjoyed this book. Very well written, easy slow with past and present which I loved. I highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-11-13

Editorial Reviews

"Natasha Lester is clearly a gifted writer."-Romance-Reader.com