The war is over at last, and London is alive and vibrant, but a city of rubble and deprivation. One woman, Priscilla Armstrong, who readers first met in the Greystone Series, determines to pursue her dream of opening a gown shop in the war-torn city. Against strong opposition, she wins the hearts of the citizens and the custom of women of all economic climes. The shop proves to be much more than a place of beauty and creativity, when it offers hope and safe-haven to individuals with nowhere else to go. Among them is a wounded soldier, a young woman in trouble, and two children, who are finally returning from the Americas to their homes and families in England. Only upon arrival, must they face the harsh reality that they have neither. Within the shop’s walls, the handful of residents seeks what all of England craves—a return to normalcy, and the fulfillment of hopes and dreams, once so seemingly out of reach. Amidst rationing, crime, and a terrible housing shortage, something of beauty peeks out from the rubble and speaks to the wounded hearts of the people of England, who so bravely endured it all. Although this title stands alone, the reader may enjoy it more by reading the first three books of the Greystone Series.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a gentle read. There is a bit of mystery but it is almost as though the mystery was included to give the characters something to do.
Set in 1946 post-war London, the book is really about people coming together as they overcome the suffering they endured during the war. The surprise to the reader may be learning that the suffering did not end with the war. I found it fascinating to learn of the rationing and government mandated restrictions on things like bread and fabric.
This is the first book I have read by Meredith Kennon. The friends introduced to me in "The Gown Shop on Regent Street" are so inviting that I plan on reading some of their earlier adventures as well as keeping up with the ones still to come.
This is definitely a sweet story that skillfully avoids being saccharine.
I greatly enjoyed this novel about a group of friends struggling through life together after facing the horrors of war. It was well written and flowed beautifully. I can't begin to imagine what it would be like to pick up the pieces of your life after war--but this story gives you a glimpse into the hard realities people faced. I found myself feeling thankful for the simple things in life that I take for granted on a daily basis. While I loved the story of the gown shop, my favorite parts included Frank and Melany. I especially enjoyed Frank's sleuthing and Melany's articles. This book works as a stand alone. It is the first book in the series that I've read and I understood everything that was going on. I'd love to go back and read the earlier stories that were occasionally referenced in the novel--as a matter of fact, I'm looking forward to reading more! Great work, Meredith Kennon!
I unfortunately read this book before I started reading the Greystone Trilogy. So for those of you who are not familiar with this writter, read book one first, as this is the 4th book, althought it is not titled as such. This is the first time I have read anything of this author and I absolutely love her books. Her characters are extemely well written, likable and the twists in the stories and the way they keep intertwinning ,I found myself not being able to put the book down somedays. I especially liked the detailed background on the great war in England and the insight on how it truly affected the people of all classes and cultures. The only dissapointment I have is that I only have one more of her books to read.
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