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A Dress of Violet Taffeta – enjoyable historical fiction based on the true story of a fashion icon.

It’s 1893 and Lucy’s marriage has fallen apart. During this period, women in society remained married to their philandering husbands. But Lucy, who has a young daughter, makes the bold move to get a divorce. And even more shocking, she decides to enter a trade and become a dress designer. Her beautiful and colorful dresses are soon coveted by the most important women in London and eventually the United States. Based on the true story of Belle Epoque icon Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon, A Dress of Violet Taffeta tells the story of a woman’s strength and determination to succeed when it seemed virtually impossible.

Author Tessa Arlen has created a sumptuous, engaging story that will sweep you back into this period. Her well-researched novel gives an interesting behind-the-scenes peak at the lives of London’s elite, including its royalty. I had never heard of Lady Duff Gordon, so it was especially nice to learn about a woman who was able to beat the odds. Especially since she was one of the survivors of the Titanic disaster in 1912.

Many thanks to Berkley Books for the opportunity to read this lovely book in advance of its publication.

Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.

Historical Fiction.

Publication Date: July 5, 2022.

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