FROM THE BOOK JACKET: London, 1947: Besieged by the harshest winter in living memory,burdened by onerous shortages and rationing, the people of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet desperation despite their nations recent victory.Among them are Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, embroiderers at the famed Mayfairfashionhouse of Norman Hartnell. Together they forge an unlikely friendship,but their nascent hopes for a brighter future are tested when they arechosen for a once-in-a-lifetime honor: taking part in the creation of PrincessElizabeths wedding gown.
Toronto, 2016: More than half a century later, Heather Mackenzie seeksto unravel the mystery of a set of embroidered flowers, a legacy fromher lategrandmother. How did her beloved Nan, a woman who never spoke of her oldlife in Britain, come to possess the priceless embroideries that so closely resemble the motifs on the stunning gown worn by Queen Elizabeth II at herwedding almost seventy years before? And what was her Nans connection to thecelebrated textile artistand holocaust survivor Miriam Dassin?
Jennifer Robson is the USA Today
and #1 Toronto Globe & Mail
bestselling author of Somewhere in France
, After the War is Over
and Moonlight Over Paris
. She holds a doctorate from Saint Antonys College, University of Oxford. She lives in Toronto with her husband and young children.