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Book Review: The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz

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This book review of The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz discusses the sweet and heartwarming story that celebrates both individuality and tradition with one common thread: Grace Kelly's wedding dress.

Book Review of The Grace Kelly Dress


In The Grace Kelly Dress, three women are inspired by one dress and one American princess – Grace Kelly.  It's a page-turner that satisfies as a lighter read with a whole lot of heart that keeps you really engaged.

Each of the three women has an interesting story tied to "the dress." First, the seamstress: two years after Grace Kelly’s wedding, she is enlisted to design a replica dress for a rich bride. During this process, she begins to secretly fall in love with the bride’s brother.

Then there’s Raquel a/k/a “Rocky” -- a modern and very non-traditional bride who has inherited the wedding dress of her mother, Joan, who is the third woman in The Grace Kelly Dress. Rocky is torn between not wanting to wear her mother's dress and not wanting to break her heart.

These three women's lives become further intertwined as Rocky's wedding date approaches, and the reader learns of both the love and heartbreak in the history of the dress.  There are also peripheral female characters in the story who have unique lives and choices  -- this truly makes for a family that is real.

At the end of the day, The Grace Kelly Dress celebrates both individuality and tradition, and I couldn’t recommend this sweet story more highly as one of my Best Books of 2020.

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