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The Dress Thief by Natalie Meg Evans
  

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The story builds slowly as the history and involvement of the characters are outlined. A lot of fascinating detail regarding the artists’ world in Paris and the working of the fashion industry in the 1930s makes up the first third of the tale, then the meat of the story kicks in and the novel takes on a thriller element. It is indeed about stealing fashion designs but it is also a drama about parentage and identity. A lovely read.

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Synopsis

The Dress Thief by Natalie Meg Evans

Alix Gower has a dream: to join the ranks of Coco Chanel to become a designer in the high-stakes world of Parisian haute couture. But Alix also has a secret: she supports her family by stealing designs to create bootlegs for the foreign market. A hidden sketchbook and two minutes inside Hermes is all she needs to create a perfect replica, to be whisked off to production in New York. Then Alix is given her big break - a chance to finally realize her dream in one of the most prominent Parisian fashion houses - but at the price of copying the breakthrough Spring Collection. Knowing this could be her only opportunity, Alix accepts the arrangement. But when a mystery from her past resurfaces and a chance meeting has her falling into the arms of a handsome English war reporter, Alix learns that the slightest misstep - or misplaced trust - could be all it takes for her life to begin falling apart at the seams.

Reviews

'A truly accomplished and delicious debut novel'
Laurie Graham

'A delicious treat of a novel. I loved the setting in 1930s Paris - a place of intrigue, exquisite silk frocks, and dangerous secrets. And I was utterly charmed by the story's delectable heroine, as she struggled to make her mark in this seductive but perilous world
Margaret Leroy, author of The Collaborator

'A fascinating evocation of a great fashion house and the knife-edge the designers live on. Natalie Meg Evans is a born storyteller
Sara Craven, bestselling writer of romance

About the Author

In the late 1970s, Natalie Meg Evans ran away from art college in the Midlands for a career in London's fringe theatre. She spent five years acting, as well as writing her own plays and sketches before giving it up to work in PR. She now writes full-time from her house in rural north Suffolk, where she lives with her husband, dogs and horses.

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Publication date

5th June 2014

Author

Natalie Meg Evans

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Publisher

Quercus Publishing

Format

Paperback
592 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Romantic Fiction
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ISBN

9781848665880

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