How much will a young Parisian seamstress sacrifice to make her mark in the male-dominated world of 1940s New York fashion?
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.
About the Author
Natasha Lester worked as a marketing executive for cosmetic company L'Oreal, managing the Maybelline brand, 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 and Her Mother's Secret in 2017. 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.
[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