I received a gifted galley of THE LAST DRESS FROM PARIS by Jade Beer for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group, PRHAudio, and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review!
Rating: 4.5 / 5
Publication Date: 6/21/2022
THE LAST DRESS FROM PARIS follows two timelines. In 2017, Lucille is sent to Paris for by her beloved grandmother, asked to retrieve a Dior dress that her grandmother left there. Lucille doesn’t know the story behind this task, but her grandmother is her favorite person so she is willing to go. When she arrives in France, she discovers even more questions and must trace the history of the fashion that her grandmother left behind. In 1952 France we are following Alice who is the wife to the British ambassador. It is not a happy marriage in spite of the glamor the life provides.
I have been in a bit of a historical fiction slump lately, but this book immediately sucked me in which was such a pleasant surprise! I really wound up loving this! It was a fantastic mix of mystery and character development. We don’t initially know how exactly the two timelines will meet up and it kept me wondering and theorizing throughout. I really loved the characters of Lucille and Alice.
I especially enjoyed the modern day setting as Lucille and her new friends in Paris begin to trace the history of the fashion from the 1950s. It was very interesting to come across dresses that can actually be researched and viewed online. They are not always the most comfortable looking of pieces, but the history and the value in them was very interesting to see alongside the story.
I found this a quick, easy read and one that I think many will enjoy! THE LAST DRESS FROM PARIS is out today!