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Publisher's Summary

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 Hermès 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.

©2014 Natalie Meg Evans (P)2014 WF Howes Ltd

Critic 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, best-selling writer of romance)

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  • Pennyfarthing
  • 08-01-15

Good Book

Would you listen to The Dress Thief again? Why?

Yes, really enjoyed The Dress Thief lots of twists and turns

What about Anna Bentinck’s performance did you like?

She used different voices, very good.

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  • anthea
  • 03-07-18

A great listen only spoiled by poor proofing/edit

I loved the story and Anna Bentinck is a very talented narrator whose voices /character portrayal is flawless, It is a shame you were bought down to earth when the producer's voice came in to the story correcting her and you heard a conversation between them, and a couple of other places where a phrase was repeated. Sloppy editing . Don't know how long this title has left to run, but I would sort out these problems and re submit the audio

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  • polo
  • 02-23-16

Just my type of read

Liked the storyline.
Love this author
Absolutely loved the narrators voice. Best narration I've listened to in a long while.

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  • Love audio
  • 04-09-15

The Dress Thief

My first time with this author and I'll certainly take another book.
Great story with a great ending.
Would recommend listening!

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  • Juli Scanlan
  • 04-09-15

wonderful!

I could listen to this time and time again. I'd never heard of the author but now I want more. really sympathetic reader too, sounded as though she enjoyed the reading!

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  • Annie
  • 07-10-16

Written to be read aloud

I was engrossed from the start. The narrator's voice leant itself to the writing style with its hints of French. There are some books that really lend themselves to being read aloud, as Charles Dickens intended, in a sense. This, for me, is one of them.

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  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
  • 06-05-16

gave up on it

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struggled through six hours. was very disappointed as I expected it to be about stealing designs to be able to make cut price copies. after listening to six hours the story still hadn't got to this point, so gave up.

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  • sjarmstrong
  • 01-08-15

Fab book

I really enjoyed the book and the story but there are several errors in the reading, jumping back and at one point a short discussion between reader and someone else. It didn't spoil anything but shouldn't have been overlooked

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  • M. Ponsonby
  • 09-30-19

Beautiful fabrics a world apart

Loved this story, with the fabrics described making my mouth water. Good story too I must re listen to be able to write a full review.

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  • Nicki John
  • 09-29-18

LOVED EVERY WORD!!!

Fantastic storyline, imaginatively descriptive (I felt like I was there with the characters) and the narrator was OUTSTANDING with all her different characters voices. Thank you!!!

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