Written by Louisa Leaman
Fran’s wedding dress shop isn’t like any other. A treasure trove of history, filled with gowns from every decade for every type of bride. But not as you’d expect.
Something bold for the shy and retiring.
Something simple for the woman who is unafraid to stand out.
And something dazzling for the bride who wouldn’t normally dare to be different.
No matter your expectations, you’d never guess your own perfect dress. But Fran knows… she feels the wisdom woven into every gown, a gift from the previous owner waiting to be handed down to the next bride.
When Fran finds a dress that seems to be perfect for her she can’t wait to know its complex history which starts with her getting to know the son of the previous owner…
An Accomplished Debut Novel!
This is a wonderful novel! A story you can sink into and disappear into the world of romance and wedding dresses – and it’s not nearly as cheesy as I’ve just made it sound!
Francesca Delaney owns The Whispering Dress; a wedding boutique with a difference. Each dress is quite unique – a bit like the patron. Careful sourcing and selling of each item is a skill which few possess, and on one such a quest Fran meets Rafael – grumpy and rude in the extreme – so why can’t she get him out of her head?
The basis of the story is quite enchanting and I loved it! The characters are bursting with personality, the writing is attention grabbing and the individual tales about the dresses are quite mesmerising. Beautiful from first to last and I couldn’t pick fault even if I wanted to. For a debut novel, this is a stunning accomplishment, so very different from others I’ve read and I fully recommend it without any hesitation whatsoever. Five glowing stars!
My thanks to publisher Transworld Digital for my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 312 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Digital
- Publication Date: 17 October 2019
- Purchase Links: Google Play
Louisa Leaman was born, raised and now lives near Epping Forest. She studied Art History at Leeds University before becoming a teacher working with children with special needs. After winning the Times Education Supplement’s New Writer’s Award, she turned her hand to writing books for children. Louisa currently writes content for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, but has also been published in the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent and The Times Educational Supplement. Her interest in the arts is often inspiration for her plots and her first book, The Perfect Dress, was inspired by the V&As large wedding dress collection and fulfils her dream of writing romantic fiction. When she isn’t busy writing or rearing her three lively children, she paints portraits, takes long walks and spends far too long browsing vintage clothing shops.