Well, wow. This was a fantastic story! It’s got a strong female lead trying to make it on her own, a mother who holds her back, and a sister who wants to enable her. Let’s mix in some fashion, a husband who bails, a tragic ticket on the Titanic, and we’ve got an amazing story to dig into!
This story is such a win for historical fiction fans. The descriptive writing immediately draws you into the story, and the characters will keep you invested through the last page!
I love that Lucy is a woman who has no problem doing what she needs to achieve her goals. She follows her dreams and makes them happen! Her story is inspiring and absolutely worth reading!
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A sumptuous novel based on the fascinating true story of Belle Epoque icon Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon, a woman determined to shatter the boundaries of the fashion world and support herself and her young daughter with her magnificent designs.
Lucy Duff Gordon knows she is talented. She sees color, light, fabric, and texture in ways few other people do. But is the world ready for her? A world dominated by men who would try to control her and use her art for their own gain?
After being deserted by her wealthy husband, Lucy is desperate to survive. She turns to her one true talent to make a living. As a little girl, the dresses she made for her dolls were the envy of her group of playmates. Now, she uses her courageous innovations in Belle Époque fashion to support her own little girl. Lucile knows it is an uphill battle, and a single woman is not supposed to succeed on her own, but she refuses to give up. She will claim her place in the fashion world; failure simply is not an option.
Then, on a frigid night in 1912, Lucy’s life changes once more, when she becomes one of 706 people to survive the sinking of the Titanic. She could never have imagined the effects the disaster would have on her career, her marriage to her second husband, and her legacy. But no matter what life throws at her, Lucile will live on as a trailblazing and fearless fashion icon, never letting go of what she worked so hard to earn. This is her story.
Just the Facts:
A Dress of Violet Taffeta by Tessa Arlen
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Berkley Books
Pub Date: July 5, 2022
I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.