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The Dress

by Kate Kerrigan

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LoveReading View on The Dress

Ahh, what a lovely charming book this is, all the more so due to the sharp, genuine tones of realism that lie at the heart of The Dress. New York of the 1950’s more than holds its own when compared to vintage loving Lily’s blogging in 2014 London. Kate Kerrigan balances the different time frames and connections between the two beautifully. There is a simplicity to the writing style, yet it draws you in and has a captivating attraction. While men set the paths for this story, it’s the women’s journeys and their highs and their lows that are particularly compelling. The characters at the heart of this novel feel sincerely real, although those from the 1950’s have an extra special allure. The author doesn't neatly trim all the loose threads, some are left fluttering, just out of reach, ensuring a wonderfully compassionate and moving read. ~ Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

The Dress Synopsis

Lily Fitzpatrick loves vintage clothes, made all the more precious because they were once worn and cherished by another woman. Thousands follow her fashion blog and her daily Instagram feed. One day she stumbles upon an extraordinary story. Joy Fitzpatrick not only shares Lily's surname. She was a fashion legend, famed for her beauty and style in 1950s New York. For her 30th birthday, she is said to have commissioned a dress so beautiful that nothing in couture would ever be able to match it. She turned to a young Irish seamstress, called Honor Conlon, to create her sublime vision. THE DRESS interweaves the passionate and surprising stories of three women. Joy and Honor, whose destinies are linked not only by a piece of timeless fashion, but by the ruthless love of one man. And Lily, determined to find out if the legendary dress still exists, and if it does, to bring it back to glorious life.

The Dress Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Mary Gibson - 'A beautiful tale of love, lost dreams, the power of redemption, and how the clothes we wear tell our stories.'
  • Celeste McCreesh - 'This story had it all from love, fashion, to a more sensitive and hard-hitting issue. I found I had a little tear in my eye at the end along with shedding a few on the way, so grab this book, curl up on the couch and prepare to have a few lump-in-your-throat moments too.
  • Edel Waugh - 'A beautiful story full of glamour and real heartache that is perfect for those of you who like a book that will make you want to read it all in one sitting!'
  • Katie Hoare - 'This book is about friendship, family and the importance of knowing where you are from. Both strains of the story are intertwined with each other and come together at the end of the book.'
  • Lynette McCann - 'One of the most enjoyable books I have read. I couldn't wait to see what happened.'
  • Julie Wragg - 'A gorgeous cover, a wonderful story.'
  • Vanessa Wild - 'An easy, delightful and engaging read revolving around a bedazzling dress, a dress which fairy tales and dreams are made of!'
  • Linda Hill - 'A glittering exploration of the world of fashion, both past and present.'  
  • Joan Sidwell - 'This is a beautiful and fascinating book with an intriguing opening, a story to keep the pages turning and a satisfying conclusion, I loved it.'
  • Anne Cater - 'Kate Kerrigan is a talented author who has created characters who are vivid and authentic...a dream of a story, so beautifully written that the reader is transported off to the world of high fashion and wealth and glamour.'
  • Jane Pepler - 'A highly recommended book that will immerse you in the world of 1950's  New York couture...beautifully written, it's pace and flow is just right to capture the interest of the reader.'
  • Cathy Small - 'A fascinating story that takes you into the world of fashion mixed with love, marriage and romance.'
  • Sarah Borley - 'A book that made me think about things differently. I loved every page and it left me wanting to read more, The Dress is so much more than a story about the dress.'
  • Tasha - 'Amazing!! This book flowed from past to present so easily...I loved it so much and it flowed so easily that I finished it 24hrs! And have been highly recomending it to everybody.'
  • Anne Mackle - 'I'm still wiping the tears from my eyes after reading this book that had me hooked from the prologue and even before that with the stunning front cover.'
  • Joy Bosworth - 'It's easy to get swept into the glamorous, fashionable world of 1950s New York - and then begin to care about the people... I found this book enthralling.'
  • Emily Wright - 'Woven with melancholy, redemption, friendship and love, Kate Kerrigan has written a novel that is a testament to the radiance of a person that can make any clothes truly beautiful.'
  • Janet Gilliard - 'Both the past and present stories are gripping and I really wanted to see how the story turned out. I highly recommend this book.'
  • Nicola Smith - 'A lovely story...I really enjoyed reading this book and found that once I got into the book I didn't want to put it down.'
  • Sarah Harper - 'I adored this book and can’t praise it highly enough. A thoroughly enjoyable read.'
  • Sarah Warbey - 'A wonderful read, recommended for anyone who enjoys historical fiction, attention to detail and definitely if you are interested in vintage fashion - I’m not, but I loved it anyway!'
  • Carol Attridge - 'A great read to get lost in! It takes your mind off the humdrum!'
  • Evelyn Love- Gajardo - 'I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone looking for something easy to read, but with a story that keeps your attention.'
  • Julie Bickerdyke - 'A brilliant plot and story but let down with weak, irritating characters...'
  • Denise Dodd - 'I loved this book and it kept me intrigued from the first page to the last. Its a real page turner full of strong characters and emotions intertwining two eras sixty years apart.'

The Dress Press Reviews

'I ADORED The Dress ... an enthralling story ... Unputdownable ... Her writing shines in this gem of a novel'
Cathy Kelly

'Mesmerising and moving. Just beautiful
Cecelia Ahern

'Glamorous, gripping and moving. I just loved it
Marian Keyes

'I loved this glamorous and lusciously romantic novel, which ping-pongs between Fifties New York and London's contemporary fashion world. Packed with great characters, gorgeous settings and glorious atmosphere, it's Angela's Ashes meets Jacqueline Susann by way of Bridget Jones. I was in floods at the end. Irresistible
Wendy Holden, Daily Mail

'An endearing story about three generations of women whose lives are intertwined by The Dress
Candis Magazine

'From the bright lights of 1950s New York to fast-paced, present-day London, the interwoven narratives and beautifully realised characterisation make for a captivating read
The Lady

'Combines fashion and one's search for love beautifully in a tale that spans generations ... Recommended for those who love stories that dig to a level deeper than mere romance to explore human relationships and family legacies
Cindy Thomson, author of the Ellis Island series

'A delicious way to pass the time. It's a perfect page-turner for the summer holiday, so my advice would be don't leave home without it
Irish Independent

'Unlike many books about the fashion world, high on excitement at the glamorous setting, The Dress has none of this breathlessness. The writing is grounded in human drama, with the fashion element written about lovingly in terms of craftsmanship of couture, or realistically, in the case of Lily's travails in today's corporate fashion world ... an engaging read
Sunday Independent

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ISBN: 9781784082390
Publication date: 10/03/2016
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781784082383
Publication date: 27/08/2015
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Book Information

ISBN: 9781784082390
Publication date: 10th March 2016
Author: Kate Kerrigan
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Kate Kerrigan

London reared of Irish parents Kate Kerrigan worked as a leading magazine editor in London before moving to Dublin, Ireland in 1990. She is currently a full-time writer and lives in the historic village of Killala in County Mayo on the West coast of Ireland with her husband and two sons. Author photo © Niall Kerrigan

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