How much will a young Parisian seamstress sacrifice to make her mark in the male-dominated world of 1940s New York fashion? From the bestselling author of A KISS FROM MR FITZGERALD and HER MOTHER'S SECRET.
1940. Parisian seamstress Estella Bissette is forced to flee France as the Germans advance. She is bound for Manhattan with a few francs, one suitcase, her sewing machine and a dream: to have her own atelier.
2015. Australian curator Fabienne Bissette journeys to the annual Met Gala for an exhibition of her beloved grandmother's work - one of the world's leading designers of ready-to-wear clothing. But as Fabienne learns more about her grandmother's past, she uncovers a story of tragedy, heartbreak and secrets - and the sacrifices made for love.
Crossing generations, society's boundaries and international turmoil, THE PARIS SEAMSTRESS is the beguiling, transporting story of the special relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter as they attempt to heal the heartache of the past.
Praise for Natasha Lester:
'Lester deftly darts from Paris in 1941 to New York' The Australian Women's Weekly
'Deftly weaves real characters, events, places and a love of fashion into her captivating tale. This is a worthy and very readable addition to the historical fiction market' Herald Sun
'A fantastically engrossing story. I loved it' KELLY RIMMER
'If you enjoy historical fiction (and even if you don't) you will love this book' SALLY HEPWORTH
'I love this book' RACHAEL JOHNS
'A gorgeously rich and romantic novel about young women finding their way in the world.' KATE FORSYTH
'Stunning. Will have you captivated' LIZ BYRSKI
[Lester's] engaging writing style and ability to create characters that connect with readers make her a welcome addition to the historical fiction market. - Herald Sun, on HER MOTHER'S SECRET
If you enjoy historical fiction (and even if you don't) you will love Her Mother's Secret. - Sally Hepworth
Hot on the heels of her well-deserved success with A Kiss from Mr. Fitzgerald, [Lester] again offers readers a strong-willed, determined heroine whose journey is as interesting, as it is inspiring. - Jodi Gibson, on HER MOTHER'S SECRET
I love this book. - Rachael Johns, on A KISS FROM MR FITZGERALD
If you're mad about the roaring twenties and all things Gatsby, this romance will have you enchanted. - Woman's Day, on A KISS FROM MR FITZGERALD
Stunning. Will have you captivated. - Liz Byrski, on A KISS FROM MR FITZGERALD
At the novel's heart is the sparkling Evie, an endearing combination of intelligence, determination and naivety. - West Australian, on A KISS FROM MR FITZGERALD
Natasha Lester worked as a marketing executive before returning to university to study creative writing. She completed a Master of Creative Arts as well as her first novel, What Is Left Over, After, which won the T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Fiction. Her second novel, If I Should Lose You, was published in 2012, followed by A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald in 2016, Her Mother's Secret in 2017 and the Top 10 Australian bestseller The Paris Seamstress in 2018. The Age described Natasha as 'a remarkable Australian talent' and her work has been published in numerous anthologies and journals.
In her spare time Natasha loves to teach writing, is a sought after public speaker and can often be found playing dress-ups with her three children. She lives in Perth. For all the latest news from Natasha, visit www.natashalester.com.au, follow her on Twitter @Natasha_Lester, or Instagram (natashalesterauthor), or join the readers who have become Natasha's friend on Facebook.