• The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer Ryan
  • Narrated by: Sophie Robert
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (257 ratings)

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The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle

By: Jennifer Ryan
Narrated by: Sophie Robert
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Publisher's Summary

Three plucky women lift the spirits of home-front brides in wartime Britain, where clothes rationing leaves little opportunity for pomp or celebration—even at weddings—in this heartwarming novel based on true events, from the bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir.

After renowned fashion designer Cressida Westcott loses both her home and her design house in the London Blitz, she has nowhere to go but the family manor house she fled decades ago. Praying that her niece and nephew will be more hospitable than her brother had been, she arrives with nothing but the clothes she stands in, at a loss as to how to rebuild her business while staying in a quaint country village.

Her niece, Violet Westcott, is thrilled that her famous aunt is coming to stay—the village has been interminably dull with all the men off fighting. But just as Cressida arrives, so does Violet’s conscription letter. It couldn’t have come at a worse time; how will she ever find a suitably aristocratic husband if she has to spend her days wearing a frumpy uniform and doing war work?

Meanwhile, the local vicar’s daughter, Grace Carlisle, is trying in vain to repair her mother’s gown, her only chance of a white wedding. When Cressida Westcott appears at the local Sewing Circle meeting, Grace asks for her help—but Cressida has much more to teach the ladies than just simple sewing skills.

Before long, Cressida’s spirit and ambition galvanizes the village group into action, and they find themselves mending wedding dresses not only for local brides, but for brides across the country. And as the women dedicate themselves to helping others celebrate love, they might even manage to find it for themselves.

©2022 Jennifer Ryan (P)2022 Random House Audio

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Loved it

This very cute book, is a wonderful story. War stories can be very heavy, but this story, based on a true story, is light and warm. It’s a good example of what people will do for each other in times of trouble. Hope you enjoy.

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Wonderful!

The author did a wonderful job developing all the characters and the story was very believable. It was a wonderful story, I loved the narrator, she really brought the characters to life. I'm looking forward to finding more from this author and this narrator!

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Interesting but a little preachy!

I enjoyed the book and learning about fabrics and sewing and details that affected particularly women in England during World War II. However particularly towards the end the themes were a bit preachy, repetitive and predictable.

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Charming, heartfelt and engaging

There are countless books set during WWII. This is a novel that focuses on the lives and experiences of everyday people. Their ability to work together and look out for one another is admirable. Yes, you will guess the outcome of each of the romances described. But the underlying message is of caring for our fellow citizens. In our present day of division and turmoil, it is a good reminder of “love thy neighbor.”

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Well researched.

And the parts of the story that are based on this research are interesting, if repetitive. But oh dear. Waaaaay too much romance! I would have returned the book unfinished if I didn’t get involved with some of the characters. Unfortunately their stories were completely predictable.

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Fantastic

This is an entertaining story that is also an education in war time life in England. I couldn’t put it down.

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wonderful story

I absolutely loved this book. I felt as if I was transported back in time. as if I was also apart of the Sewing group , going thru clothes rationing. it just reiterated how lucky we are now. wonderful author - I will look for other books by her

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Must read historical fiction!!!

I love WWII era stories and this one was simply marvelous! The female characters grow into the loveliest versions of themselves throughout the book. It was a pleasure to listen to the beautifully read story; narrator was brilliant.

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Reused wedding dresses!

Wonderful,I would Ike more by the same author. World wars 1and2 were so horrific, let’s hope we don’t have another.

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I never knew!

I love learning about the real history that’s woven into stories like this! Compelling characters make for a well-rounded novel and a very enjoyable read.