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21 June 2022

The Last Dress from Paris by Jade Beer (Tuesday Intros & Teaser Tuesday)


 Title: The Last Dress from Paris
Author: Jade Beer
Publication: 21 June 2022
FormatKindle eARC via NetGalley & Berkley

Amazon Description
The secret is hidden within a collection of Dior dresses...

London, 2017. There’s no one Lucille adores more than her grandmother. So when her beloved Granny Sylvie asks for Lucille’s assistance with a small matter, she’s happy to help. The next thing she knows, Lucille is on a train to Paris, tasked with retrieving a priceless Dior dress. But not everything is as it seems, and what Lucille finds in a small Parisian apartment will have her scouring the city for answers to a question that could change her entire life.

Paris, 1952. Postwar France is full of glamour and privilege, and Alice Ainsley is in the middle of it all. As the wife to the British ambassador to France, Alice’s job is to see and be seen—even if that wasn’t quite what she signed up for. Her husband showers her with jewels, banquets, and couture Dior dresses, but his affection has become distressingly elusive. As the strain on her marriage grows, Alice’s only comfort is her bond with her trusted lady’s maid, Marianne. But when a new face appears in her drawing room, Alice finds herself yearning to follow her heart...no matter the consequences.

The City of Light comes alive in this lush, evocative tale that explores the ties that bind us together, the truths we hold tha
t make us who we are, and the true meaning of what makes someone family.

Ramble-y Teaserish Stuff

I decided to take a little break from Anansi Boys until I have more time and energy to focus on it and jumped on the next book on my NetGalley shelf -- which happens to be getting released today! The time and energy is still sorely lacking, so I figured I would just do the "Intros" segment of Tuesday since I could use the Prologue and Chapter One and have a good little tease to post from those with the description from Amazon.

Dual timeline books don't always click with me, but Beer wrote both stories which such passion and detail that I was instantly hooked. I'm just over half-way through now and what I thought would be a simple story about the search for a dress has become so much more -- and not just because there is more than the one dress. It has been a heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking adventure full of mystery and romance and self-discovery and when I hit 60% I saw what I knew had to be the Teaser :


"First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros" is from the first paragraph or two of a book being read now (or in the future) and is hosted by Socrates' Book Reviews. 

"Teaser Tuesday" at The Purple Booker asks for a random line or two from anywhere in the book currently being read.



(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Hi Karen, This is a new one for me and from what you posted it sounds quite good; thanks for sharing. Here is my pick:

Yvonne said...

This sounds really good. Dual time periods can be hit or miss but this sounds like a book I would like. I'll have to add it to my wishlist.

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