When I read the description of [The Paris Seamstress], immediately I thought of Kate Morton's books and I wasn't disappointed.
I loved the characters, I loved the tension and the heart ache, the unveiling of the secrets bit by bit, and the twists and turns that I didn't see coming.
[Natasha Lester] deftly weaves real characters, events, places and a love of fashion into her captivating tale.
A family drama set against a background of international conflict... The glamorous backdrop of the fashion industry provides a rich, colourful setting for much of the action and contrasts starkly with Paris in wartime, where this dramatic story begins.
A tale of fashion and the building of empires, of war and its ravages, of love and lunacy and strength and resilience, and friendship that lasts a lifetime.
It's the emotional power in her writing that makes everything seem real, the love, the courage, the drama, the friendships and the romances. Like a wonderful piece of French haute couture, Lester has woven a fine, original story of everlasting quality.
Fierce and passionate with strong men and, most importantly, strong and independent women.
Crossing generations, societal boundaries and international turmoil, The Paris Seamstress is Lester at her most entertaining and provocative.
This rich, memorable novel unfolds beautifully from start to finish.
A fantastic read to keep you going for the rest of the summer
A gorgeously rich and romantic novel about young women finding their way in the world.
A fantastically engrossing story. I loved it.
You will love this even if you're not a regular reader of historical fiction... [The Paris Seamstress] is about two women who are following their dreams, just trying to make their way in the world.
Natasha Lester brings bold, brave women to life
Crossing generations, society's boundaries and international turmoil, The Paris Seamstress is the beguiling, transporting story of the special relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter as they attempt to heal the heartache of the past.
A beautiful story in every way.
Intrigue, heartbreak and, ultimately not one, but two heart stopping love stories. I cannot tell you how much I loved this book and I cannot recommend it enough.
Whisks you to a dreamy other place
Do yourself a favour, escape to Paris with Estella... storytelling at its finest. I simply cannot wait to see what Natasha will come up with next.
Estella is a brilliant designer, with chutzpah, verve and spirit. The novel hums with her energy.
Many novels have brought me to tears, as did this. But The Paris Seamstress was different. It is such a deep and profound emotion that Lester evokes within as you read the last few chapters. Emotion that will touch your heart and soul deeply, leaving you having to almost catch your breath.
A deeply emotional book that is heartbreaking, while being filled with courage and love
A fascinating and impeccably researched evocation of the New York fashion world during World War Two... and some divine-sounding dresses!
If you're looking for a swoon-worthy romance, then The Paris Seamstress is for you . . . fans of historical romance will eat this one up.
A captivating tale.
Fascinating, evocative and meticulously researched.
Excellent historical fiction.