Thursday, March 5, 2020

BLOG TOUR: The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz

I am very excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz. I was provided with a free copy for honest review. Thanks so much to Graydon House Books and Brenda Janowitz for letting me be a part of this fun tour. I knew I had to read a book about this timeless dress.

Title: The Grace Kelly Dress
Author: Brenda Janowitz
Published by: Graydon House Books
Released: March 3, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Synopsis: Two years after Grace Kelly’s royal wedding, her iconic dress is still all the rage in Paris—and one replica, and the secrets it carries, will inspire three generations of women to forge their own paths in life and in love in this beguiling new novel from Brenda Janowitz.

“Exactly the type of book I love: charming, smart, and brimming with heart.”—EMILY GIFFIN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted

Paris, 1958: Rose, a seamstress at a fashionable atelier, has been entrusted with sewing a Grace Kelly-lookalike gown for a wealthy bride-to-be. But when, against better judgment, she finds herself falling in love with the bride's handsome brother, Rose must make an impossible choice—one that could put all she's worked for at risk: love, security, and of course, the dress.

Sixty years later, tech CEO Rachel, who goes by the childhood nickname "Rocky," has inherited the dress for her upcoming wedding in New York City. But there's just one problem: Rocky doesn't want to wear it. A family heirloom dating back to the 1950s, the dress just isn't her. Rocky knows this admission will break her mother Joan's heart. But what she doesn't know is why Joan insists on the dress—or the heartbreaking secret that changed her mother's life decades before, as she herself prepared to wear it.

As the lives of these three women come together in surprising ways, the revelation of the dress's history collides with long-buried family heartaches. And in the lead-up to Rocky's wedding, they'll have to confront the past before they can embrace the beautiful possibilities of the future.

“Not everything is right the first time,” her mother said carefully. “Take Grace Kelly’s wedding dress. Do you think that was the first design Helen Rose came up with?” -THE GRACE KELLY DRESS

"A charming, heartfelt novel about three generations of women who are connected by the gorgeous gown that each wears on her wedding day. Fast paced and entertaining from beginning to end." -Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone

"Brenda Janowitz's gift is understanding and revealing the nuances of complicated families, of love embraced, love lost and love reclaimed. With The Grace Kelly Dress she has stitched together a seamless intergenerational modern-day fairy tale, with a very contemporary twist." -Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of The High Tide Club
"Brenda Janowitz writes with extraordinary humor and heart, her writing growing in beauty and maturity with every book. This is a book that has to be added to your nightstand immediately." -Jane Green, bestselling author of The Friends We Keep (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: This book was a very enjoyable read for me. I really enjoy historical fiction. I also really enjoy different timelines and stories that all connect in some way. I just thought The Grace Kelly Dress was very well done. I had a good time reading it. I liked the writing and I liked the story.
I just thought it was interesting to have a story centered around a famous dress. A wedding dress has such special meaning for women and it was interesting having a story about the importance of a dress. It's always such a heartwarming tale when you hear of brides wearing their mother or grandmother's wedding dresses, but sometimes it doesn't always work out. I don't think I would want to wear my grandma or mom's wedding dress. The main reason is that they are just not my style. Also, my mom had a drink spilled on her wedding dress and the stain just never left. It's a bit sad really. So I did enjoy that idea that the story brought up that different generations have different tastes, but then the specialness of the dress really revealed itself. Forgive me for my rambling. Grace Kelly did have a beautiful dress in all honesty.
I enjoyed the different timelines. I mostly liked the characters. I thought The Grace Kelly Dress was a good book and I'm glad I got to read it.

Brenda is the author of five novels and the Books Correspondent for PopSugar. Her sixth novel, THE GRACE KELLY DRESS, will be published by Harper Collins/ Graydon House in March 2020. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, Redbook, USA Today, Bustle, The Forward, the New York Post, Publisher’s Weekly, Hello Giggles, Writer’s Digest Magazine,, and xojane. 

Brenda attended Cornell University and Hofstra Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review. Upon graduation from Hofstra, worked for the law firm Kaye Scholer, LLP, and did a federal clerkship with the Honorable Marilyn Dolan Go, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

Thank you for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz. I would definitely recommend giving it a read if it sounds interesting to you. Thanks so much to Graydon House and Brenda Janowitz for letting me be a part of this magical tour.

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