• The Last Dress from Paris

  • By: Jade Beer
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Topolski
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (299 ratings)

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The Last Dress from Paris

By: Jade Beer
Narrated by: Tamsin Topolski
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Publisher's Summary

The secret is hidden within a collection of Dior dresses...

London, 2017. There’s no one Lucille adores more than her grandmother. So when her beloved Granny Sylvie asks for Lucille’s assistance with a small matter, she’s happy to help. The next thing she knows, Lucille is on a train to Paris, tasked with retrieving a priceless Dior dress. But not everything is as it seems, and what Lucille finds in a small Parisian apartment will have her scouring the city for answers to a question that could change her entire life.

Paris, 1952. Postwar France is full of glamour and privilege, and Alice Ainsley is in the middle of it all. As the wife to the British ambassador to France, Alice’s job is to see and be seen—even if that wasn’t quite what she signed up for. Her husband showers her with jewels, banquets, and couture Dior dresses, but his affection has become distressingly elusive. As the strain on her marriage grows, Alice’s only comfort is her bond with her trusted lady’s maid, Marianne. But when a new face appears in her drawing room, Alice finds herself yearning to follow her heart...no matter the consequences.

The City of Light comes alive in this lush, evocative tale that explores the ties that bind us together, the truths we hold that make us who we are, and the true meaning of what makes someone family.

©2022 Jade Beer (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Beer peels back layers of the story slowly, keeping readers guessing. For fans of fabulous historical settings with a modern parallel narrative." —Booklist

"A delightful fashion treasure hunt involving some of my favorite Dior gowns made this book a winner for me! The present day and 1950s narratives weave seamlessly together, the dresses dance from the pages, and Paris is resplendently depicted.” — Natasha Lester, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Secret

“After finishing Beer’s latest, it was all I could do to not book the next plane to France and head straight for the House of Dior. Offering a whirlwind tour through Paris, both past and present, the novel is a rich exploration of the power of female friendships and the true meaning of family. Moving and utterly enjoyable." — Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue

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Wonderful

This was a beautiful story that kept me involved the entire time. I loved every minute and would read it again.

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amazing!

incredibly interesting! loved it! very detailed so I felt like I really knew what was going on!

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Great book!

This was my 1st book by this author, but it will not be my last! She told the story in a way that made me feel that I was right there with the characters. I looked for reasons to go places alone in my car so I could listen to the book!. Typically I cannot wait to start a new book book but when it's as good as this one I like to take my time and savor the story before moving on to another. Bravo Jade Beer!!

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Lovely Storyline

The last dress in Paris, takes you through a beautiful story full of love, heartbreak and hope. It's such a touching tale that spoke to me as a woman and the importance and complexity of the relationships we have with the women in our lives.

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Great story!!

I really loved this book! Well done! I enjoyed this complex, interesting story. Very memorable.

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Beautiful

I loved this book & it was read beautifully! I was only confused a couple of times because the narrator reads each character in her own beautiful voice. I thought she would have lowered it a bit for men, &/or used a French accent for the native French speakers. Really well done overall, though!

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The Last Dress from Paris

There have been many books written about fashion in Paris. Being that my degree is in fashion and I was a designer and my love of Paris, I have read many of them. This one is a standout. This is more than a story about fashion. If you enjoy plots which go between the past and the present you will enjoy this. I’ve never read a book by this author but I will look forward to others especially if narrated by this exceptional storyteller.

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Interesting…but ~

Spoilers: A good story with so much missing. A frustrating lack of resolution for many events and characters. We know nothing about most of the characters aside from what they did or said. How many of the main characters end up isn’t greatly explained ~no eventuality at all. A vulnerable young woman is deceived and selfishly used by the most self involved emotionally vacant and wrecked men she could ever come across. I can’t decide which one is worse, at least the husband shelters, feeds and clothes her and makes his position and expectations clear whereas the lover gives nothing and leaves her destroyed to her soul. He seems unaffected by her loss of house and home, income, position, status and to deal alone with the consequences of it all. He seemingly simply used her as a muse. I despised him for setting out to seduce her and ruin her life in every way especially since he seemed to know all along he wouldn’t be able to man up. She is left with being disowned by her parents and everyone in her life with her husband’s world and forced to give up her child as she has no support. Fortunately for her she has a rare find in her friend and former maid who saves her. We don’t know exactly how she managed after leaving Paris to find a job and eventually marry again or how that all came about. We don’t know anything about Edward other than he is a good man that she seems to appreciate after all she has been through with emotionally, nearly evil, exhausting men she could not depend on. I enjoyed the Christian Dior aspect and the dresses that are real and can be viewed online. I did feel sorry for Alice she is young and trusting and unaware of how men can take advantage of innocence. Predators. She learns all the hard way but does not seem to become bitter but her sadness throughout life does affect others. The narrator did a good job but with an air of melancholy that added to the at times depressing content.

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Delightful and unique

This is a different type of a love story, past regrets and reconciling a life. I would recommend this story.

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The narrator spoke with a monotone and the storyline was just blah and boring.