Friday, July 28, 2017

Review: The Dress in the Window by Sofia Grant

The Dress in the Window
by Sofia Grant

Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: HarperCollins

Goodreads:  World War II has ended and American women are shedding their old clothes for the gorgeous new styles. Voluminous layers of taffeta and tulle, wasp waists, and beautiful color—all so welcome after years of sensible styles and strict rationing.  

Jeanne Brink and her sister Peggy both had to weather every tragedy the war had to offer—Peggy now a widowed mother, Jeanne without the fiancĂ© she’d counted on, both living with Peggy’s mother-in-law in a grim mill town.  But despite their grey pasts they long for a bright future—Jeanne by creating stunning dresses for her clients with the help of her sister Peggy’s brilliant sketches.

Together, they combine forces to create amazing fashions and a more prosperous life than they’d ever dreamed of before the war. But sisterly love can sometimes turn into sibling jealousy. Always playing second fiddle to her sister, Peggy yearns to make her own mark. But as they soon discover, the future is never without its surprises, ones that have the potential to make—or break—their dreams.

Kritters Thoughts:  A set of sisters after a few life mishaps end up living together with one mother in law and one child and with both having a passion in fashion and the war coming to a close, these sisters are going to fight to make ends meet and move their lives forward.

I loved this different take on the effects of war on Americans and what they do to survive.  With chapters alternating from different perspectives, you were able to see how a widow and a single mom and a mother of a soldier make it in the new life trying to make their own money and keep their families afloat.  It was kind of empowering to read about women who had to get out in the workforce and make something just to keep food on the tables for their families and even in that what families looked like because a lot of men didn't come home.

A historical fiction story with a sociologic viewpoint and this reader loved it.  I will always love a book that teaches me something without me even realizing it!

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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