Wednesday, 8 July 2015

The Dress by Kate Kerrigan

 Lily Fitzpatrick loves vintage clothes - made all the more precious because they were once owned and loved by another woman. Thousands follow her vintage fashion blog and her daily Instagram feed. But this passion for the beautiful clothes of the past is about to have unforeseen consequences, when Lily stumbles upon the story of a 1950s New York beauty, who was not only everything Lily longs to be, but also shares Lily's surname. 
Joy Fitzpatrick was a legend. But what was the famous dress which she once commissioned - said to be so original that nothing in couture would ever match it again? What happened to it - and why did Joy suddenly disappear from New York high society? 
Kate Kerrigan's enthralling novel interweaves the dramatic story of Joy, the beautiful but tortured socialite and that of Lily - determined to uncover the truth and, if possible, bring back to life the legendary dress itself. 

I'm still wiping the tears from my eyes after reading this book that had me hooked from the prologue and even before that with the stunning front cover.
The story is set in London in the present day and we meet Lily, a dress designer who has given up designing for wearing and selling vintage clothes.
While tracing her family history she comes across a photograph of a dress designed in the fifties for an American socialite and is determind to re- create it.
We fall seamlessly into the fifties and the story of Joy who wore the dress and Honor who made it. Attached to them is Lily's great uncle,Francis Fitzpatrick who Lily has just found out about.
As we move between the two stories I became drawn into their lives. Each of the characters in the fifties story had their good and bad points. One minute I loved them and the next I disliked them. I felt particularly let down by Francis or Frank. I thought he would turn out to be a really good man but I'm not so sure that he did.
Joy became a flawed character and then redeemed herself and as for Honour, she discovered what happens when you let yourself be manipulated and go against your inner voice.
The story of Lily was every bit as good and I loved the ending.
I loved this book and couldn't put it down.

The Dress by Kate Kerrigan is  available for kindle or in hardback

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