Title: The Dress in the Window
Author: Sofia Grant
Genre/Audience: Historical fiction, adult
Publication: William Morrow, 2017
Source: For review, TLC Book Tours
World War II has ended and American women are shedding their old clothes for the gorgeous new styles. Voluminous layers of taffeta and tulle, wasp waists, and beautiful color—all so welcome after years of sensible styles and strict rationing.
Jeanne Brink and her sister Peggy both had to weather every tragedy the war had to offer—Peggy now a widowed mother, Jeanne without the fiancé she’d counted on, both living with Peggy’s mother-in-law in a grim mill town. But despite their grey pasts they long for a bright future—Jeanne by creating stunning dresses for her clients with the help of her sister Peggy’s brilliant sketches.
Together, they combine forces to create amazing fashions and a more prosperous life than they’d ever dreamed of before the war. But sisterly love can sometimes turn into sibling jealousy. Always playing second fiddle to her sister, Peggy yearns to make her own mark. But as they soon discover, the future is never without its surprises, ones that have the potential to make—or break—their dreams.
This book started out a little slow, but I really warmed up to the story as I kept reading. I love clothes and I can only sew a little bit, but really enjoyed the descriptions of the clothing and the fabrics. I never really think I’m a fan of historical fiction, but every time I read one, I change my mind as long as the story is the main focus and not so much the history, and luckily that was the case here. I want a story — not a history lesson — and this one had a great story.
The setting is right after WWII, but it just serves as a backdrop for the story of these three women, who are thrown together by terrible circumstances. Each has a secret that is slowly revealed throughout the book and I stayed up later than I should have (I’m soooo tired) just so I could find out what they were hiding!
I think anyone who enjoys women’s fiction, regardless of if they are into historical fiction or not, would like this book. I’d recommend it!
Guest review by my mom, Kim.