Gabrielle Winslow and half-sister Lulu Quattro never had a normal upbringing. Gabrielle was raised in luxury in Manhattan provided by a trust fund from her late father. Lulu was raised in Brooklyn by loving grandparents. After Gabrielle’s painful divorce and the devastating death of Lulu’s husband, the two sisters became estranged. When their mother Bette Bradford died, the sisters, both in debt, were anticipating a substantial inheritance. They were shocked to learn that the majority of their inheritance was in the form of a collection of new and vintage Chanel clothing and accessories. Yet it came with some stipulations. The sisters needed to come up with a plan on what to do with the collection and Bette’s attorney had to approve it. As Gabrielle and Lulu try to figure out what to do, the seemingly manipulative bequest might actually bring the sisters closer and help them learn more about their mother.
The Fashion Orphans is a light, enjoyable read yet co-authors Randy Susan Meyers and M.J. Rose address some tough and common family issues – death, estrangement, divorce, poor financial decisions and regret. Ultimately, this book is about forgiveness, second chances, love and friendship. If you own or have ever coveted an item from Chanel, you’ll adore all the luxurious references. But even if you have no interest in the world of high fashion, it’s still worth a look.
Many thanks to the authors, Blue Box Press and NetGalley for opportunity to read The Fashion Orphans in advance of its release.
Rated 3.75 out of 5 stars.
Publication Date: February 1, 2022.
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