Beauty & Lace Book Club Review: The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester
I adore Natasha Lester! Her writing style is exquisite.
I've read all of her books, and even though historical fiction is not my favourite genre, Natasha's stories captivate me every time, making it a genre that I now have a greater interest in.
In The Paris Seamstress, the story begins with Estella Bissette, a young seamstress living in Paris with her mother in 1940. As the Germans advance, her mother arranges for Estella to leave France and head to Manhattan with nothing more than a suitcase, a sewing machine and the dream of owning her own atelier one day.
She meets a young man named Sam on the journey to America, and the two form a friendship, especially as Sam also shares a love of fashion, as he is a fabric cutter.
Upon arriving in Manhattan, Estella meets Janie, a stunning blonde model from Australia. The two live together and along with Sam, they plan to open their own fashion house.
The story then introduces us to Fabienne Bissette. The year is 2015, and Fabienne is an Australian curator who attends the Met Gala to witness an exhibition of her dearly beloved grandmother Estella's work.
But as she finds out more about her grandmother's past, Fabienne discovers that Estella had to face many tribulations and make many sacrifices in her life.
The story unravels slowly, with the two main characters (Estella and Fabienne) sharing their stories in alternating chapters, spanning generations, until the reader discovers how things play out late in the story.
I loved reading about the fashion industry, and both Estella and Fabienne were strong-willed and courageous women.
I'd happily recommend this book to those with a love of fashion and historical fiction.
Thank you to Beauty & Lace and Hachette Australia for the opportunity to add this to my book collection.