The Grace Kelly dress is, of course, inspired by the beautiful wedding gown that Grace Kelly wore although this story is not about Grace Kelly. Rather, it is about three women and one wedding dress that was inspired by the one worn by Princess Grace.
Rose’s story begins in the 1950s in Paris. Rose is an orphan who works in an atelier as a seamstress. The very talented Rose makes a wedding dress for the lovely Diana and, while doing so, they become friends despite the class barriers. Rose is attracted to Diana’s brother Robert but he is engaged to someone else. What will happen?
In the 80s, Joan seems to have the perfect, if conventional and guarded, life. She is engaged to someone who is perfect on paper but…is he the right one for her? What is the story of her sibling who died?
Unconventional Rocky, Joan’s daughter, is conflicted about wearing her mother’s wedding dress although not about her fiancee. Can she make it into something that makes sense for her?
Around these primary characters, there are many others whose stories are also told. The emotions, mistakes, regrets and decisions that these characters make form the basis of the novel as each makes the dress her own.
The Grace Kelly Dress is women’s fiction with conflict and fairy tale. Try it on for size if you would like a light read.
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