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    Fascinating story of family

    I have a confession. This isn’t my type of book. Sometimes we have to take risks as a reader and branch out of our usual genre to find new titles that may not seem like our type of book, but turn out to be a magical reading experience. Brenda Janowitz is able to weave together a fascinating and compelling story of love, family, and the secrets that define our lives. I love how the story revolves around three generations of women, grandmother, mother, and daughter and how similar those women are, and yet they are still so very different. The Grace Kelly Dress also had me thinking about the secrets that are never told. How many families have stories similar to this novel-those stories that define who we are and changed the course of our lives- and yet are never revealed and those stories never told. It also makes you realize that parents will always view their children as just that, their children. As parents we protect our children as best we can from anything that can hurt them and we never stop wanting to protect them. Brenda Janowitz has crafted a beautiful and touching story about love, loss, and family. Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin-Graydon House Books for the opportunity to read and review this title. All opinions and mistakes are my own.
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    complicated family dynamics

    The Grace Kelly Dress, by Brenda Janowitz, is available at booksellers 3-3-2020. Grace is my first experience with Ms Janowitz work and I'm pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the book; I'm definitely interested in exploring more of her work. The story of 3 generations of women and their experiences with a lovely, special wedding dress was a delightful read. Each of the ladies story was individual and at the same time connected by family ties and the dress. They were very different personalities and time frames which enhanced the journey to the sweet conclusion. The ladies lives were messy, believable, and complicated. Their relationships with each other are complicated too, as is the usual case with families. My favorite character was Rose, the grandmother & 1st experience with the dress. Grace Kelly comes into the picture with her recent wedding and the fantastic original wedding dress that the world fell in love with. Ladies everywhere wanted that dress or something similar. That's our dress. One thing I didn't like was the way each story was chopped up, I'd have liked a little more of each before the next started. Moving back & forth between the ladies was a tad difficult to follow & keep the plots straight. I won't say it was a fun read, it was too emotional for me to consider it fun. It was heartfelt and enjoyable. #Netgalley #BrendaJanowitz #HarlequinBooks #TheGraceKellyDress #Romance #FamilyDynamics
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    Sentimental, heartfelt, and enchanting!

    The Grace Kelly Dress is a sweet, captivating tale that takes you on a journey into the lives of three main characters. Rose, a young Paris seamstress employed by the esteemed Madame Michel in the late 1950s to handcraft dresses fashioned after the one worn by Princess Grace; Joan, a college student at NYCU in the 1980s who is struggling with the loss of her sister and a new engagement; and Rocky, an independent, tech CEO whose modern-day, upcoming nuptials are marred by the pressure to wear the family’s heirloom gown. The prose is well turned and intriguing. The characters are resolute, independent, and multilayered. And the plot, including all the subplots, intertwine and unravel into a charming tale of familial dynamics, drama, emotion, secrets, love, loss, duty, heartbreak, introspection, passion, and tradition. Overall, The Grace Kelly Dress is a nostalgic, absorbing, uplifting tale by Janowitz that highlights the complex ties that bind us as a family and reminds us that happy-ever-afters come in all different forms but rarely resemble those found in fairytales.
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