“The Robe is marvelous and transferring, a vivid portrait of feminine self-reliance in a world racked by the price of battle.”–Kate Quinn, New York Occasions bestselling creator of The Alice Community
From the internationally bestselling creator of Someplace in France comes an enthralling historic novel about some of the well-known marriage ceremony attire of the 20th century—Queen Elizabeth’s marriage ceremony robe—and the fascinating girls who made it. “Thousands and thousands will welcome this joyous occasion as a flash of shade on the lengthy highway now we have to journey.”
—Sir Winston Churchill on the information of Princess Elizabeth’s forthcoming marriage ceremony London, 1947: Besieged by the harshest winter in dwelling reminiscence, burdened by onerous shortages and rationing, the individuals of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet desperation regardless of their nation’s latest victory. Amongst them are Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, embroiderers on the famed Mayfair style home of Norman Hartnell. Collectively they forge an unlikely friendship, however their nascent hopes for a brighter future are examined when they’re chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime honor: participating within the creation of Princess Elizabeth’s marriage ceremony robe. Toronto, 2016: Greater than half a century later, Heather Mackenzie seeks to unravel the thriller of a set of embroidered flowers, a legacy from her late grandmother. How did her beloved Nan, a lady who by no means spoke of her outdated life in Britain, come to own the priceless embroideries that so carefully resemble the motifs on the gorgeous robe worn by Queen Elizabeth II at her marriage ceremony virtually seventy years earlier than? And what was her Nan’s connection to the celebrated textile artist and holocaust survivor Miriam Dassin? With The Robe, Jennifer Robson takes us contained in the workrooms the place some of the well-known marriage ceremony robes in historical past was created. Balancing behind-the-scenes particulars with a sweeping portrait of a society left reeling by the calamitous prices of victory, she introduces readers to 3 unforgettable heroines, their factors of view alternating and intersecting all through its pages, whose lives are woven collectively by the ache of survival, the bonds of friendship, and the redemptive energy of affection.