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The Gown” is a suggestion from one of my clients. She sold me on it. I never was one to follow the royals. However, I do have memories of the Charles and Diana wedding when I was in grade school. Maybe I was a little young, but I never quite understood why Americans were so enthralled. I gave it a chance and I’m glad I did.

“The Gown” by Jennifer Robson is a well-written historical fiction novel. It tells the story of two friends who work as embroiderers for the wedding gown of Princess Elizabeth. The novel is beautifully crafted, with a well-researched depiction of the post-World War II era in London. The characters are relatable and the friendship between Ann and Miriam is touching.

The novel delves into the lives of the embroiderers who created the iconic wedding gown. The history of the era is seamlessly woven into the story. Although the book does contain a trigger warning for difficult sexual content, the author handles the subject matter with sensitivity and respect.

One of the strengths of the book is the way it jumps back and forth between different time periods. Adding in just a touch of generational trauma to the mix. However, the time movement gives the reader a sense of the broader historical context. Although there are some coincidences that tie the story together conveniently, the book is a satisfying read overall.

I especially appreciate the author’s portrayal of the bosses.  They are presented in the story as reasonable and decent people who treated their employees well. This is a refreshing change from the typical villainous boss archetype that often appears in literature.

Overall, “The Gown” is a good read for anyone interested in historical fiction, particularly those who enjoy stories about friendship and strong female protagonists.

Psychological Slant

The story of “The Gown” highlights the importance of friendship and support in difficult times. The two main characters, Ann and Miriam, are able to navigate the challenges of their work and personal lives through their strong bond. Additionally, the book explores the theme of resilience and the ability to overcome adversity, as the characters face difficult circumstances and historical events. Overall, the psychological lesson from the story is that having a supportive social network can be a powerful tool for coping with life’s challenges.


The Verdict

Thumbs up for me.