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The Grace Kelly Dress

One dress. Three generations of women. A lifetime of love.

Paris, 1958: Rose, a seamstress at a fashionable atelier, has been entrusted with sewing a Grace Kelly—look-alike gown for a wealthy bride-to-be. But when, against better judgment, she finds herself falling in love with the bride’s handsome brother, Rose must make an impossible choice, one that could put all she’s worked for at risk: love, security and of course, the dress.

Sixty years later, tech CEO Rachel, who goes by the childhood nickname “Rocky,” has inherited the dress for her upcoming wedding in New York City. But there’s just one problem: Rocky doesn’t want to wear it. A family heirloom dating back to the 1950s, the dress just isn’t her. Rocky knows this admission will break her mother Joan’s heart. But what she doesn’t know is why Joan insists on the dress—or the heartbreaking secret that changed her mother’s life decades before, as she herself prepared to wear it.

As the lives of these three women come together in surprising ways, the revelation of the dress’s history collides with long-buried family heartaches. And in the lead-up to Rocky’s wedding, they’ll have to confront the past before they can embrace the beautiful possibilities of the future.

 
The Grace Kelly Dress is the perfect vacation read. A charming, heartfelt novel about three generations of women who are connected by the gorgeous gown that each wears on her wedding day. Fast paced and entertaining from beginning to end.
— Kristin Hannah, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale
With The Grace Kelly Dress [Brenda] has stitched together a seamless intergenerational modern-day fairy tale, with a very contemporary twist.
— Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of The High Tide Club.
A truly wonderful read!
— Alyson Richman, international bestselling author of The Lost Wife and The Secret of Clouds
Told with Brenda Janowitz’s characteristic humor and insight, The Grace Kelly Dress is a winner.
— Laura Dave, bestselling author of Eight Hundred Grapes
Fans of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner should say ‘yes’ to this tale of three generations of women whose lives are touched by one iconic dress. I loved it!
— Jamie Brenner, bestselling author of The Forever Summer and Drawing Home
Janowitz’s latest is just like the multi-generational wedding dress of the title: elegant, layered, and utterly original. She once again delivers a powerful story brimming with love.
— Fiona Davis, bestselling author of The Chelsea Girls

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