The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker

Book - 2006 | 1st ed.
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Claude Reynaud is an old-fashioned tailor, designing his famous gowns by hand in a cluttered studio well outside Paris. But one spring afternoon a woman arrives in search of a wedding dress and shatters all his composure: Valentine de Verlay is charming, beautiful, sophisticated, and, of course, engaged. Though he has long since given up on romance in favor of his work, Claude is instantly smitten.

As Valentine's wedding approaches, Claude finds it impossible to keep a safe distance, and everything he's come to rely on in his small, focused life looks ready to collapse. Worse still, it appears that Valentine may share his feelings.

The Dressmaker is a perfect gem of a novel, an enchanting portrait of another world, and, above all, a sly and irresistible love story.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312426927
9780805080339
0805080333
Branch Call Number: FIC OBERBEC
Characteristics: 306 p. ; 22 cm.

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GLNovak
Sep 13, 2012

This story, basically an unrequited love story, is taken to a higher level through the author's lovely descriptions of outfits worn by the characters. They are woven into the narrative very nicely and done in such a way that you can see them in your mind's eye. The dressmaker is infatuated with his client and quietly, carefully plans his pursuit - slow and measured but full of restrained emotion. Will she choose him with his adoring love, or will she stay with her husband? As a side story, the relationship between the dressmaker and his own family is one of deep love and respect. I enjoyed that aspect almost as much as the main story line.

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