Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Grace Kelly Dress” by Brenda Janowitz, Graydon House Books, March 3, 2020
WOW! Brenda Janowitz, author of “The Grace Kelly Dress” has written a memorable, heartwarming, enchanting, captivating, riveting and entertaining novel. The Genres for this novel are Fiction and Historical Fiction, and Romance. This is a layered story, and like pieces of a puzzle, they ultimately fit together. I love everything about this novel, and Brenda Janowitz is an amazing storyteller, who vividly describes her characters, events, and landscape. There are three timelines in this story and three sets of characters. This is based on Grace Kelly’s wedding dress with its’ intricate patterns. As I was reading this book, I kept thinking of the song “Tradition” from Fiddler on the Roof. The author describes her colorful characters as likable, and memorable. Each character does have her own set of problems.
Can you imagine one wedding dress, that three generations of women in the family each use? It is more than a dress. It is almost like a layer of their own lives in their own timeline, and their traditions and memories passed to the next generation, and so on. What is so special is that all three women get to participate and actually be apart of this history. I appreciate that the author discusses the importance of family, support, love, friendship, and mother-daughter relationships. I am an emotional reader, and I did shed some tears and laughs with the characters. I loved that each woman made the dress part of her personality.
There is almost a magical, fairytale feel in this story. Doesn’t everyone want to feel like a princess, and special on their wedding day? I would highly recommend this beautiful and feel-good story to readers to readers that enjoy Fiction and Historical Fiction.