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The Paris Seamstress

Narrated by: Anthea Greco
Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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. 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.

©2018 Natasha Lester (P)2018 Hachette Australia

Critic Reviews

Praise for Natasha Lester: "[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

"If you enjoy historical fiction (and even if you don't) you will love this book." (Sally Hepworth)

"I love this book." (Rachael Johns)

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twisting story of war and families

loved it. gripping story and interesting characters . the war and post war fashion history in America was fascinating

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  • Jennie McKern
  • 06-04-18

Mesmerising

I have recommended this book to quite a few friends now, the narrator was particularly fabulous. I listened to this book almost continually over a few days whilst sewing and didn't want it to finish. With the narration changing from French to an Australian accent, and the poignant story line, I was transported to another world.
As a seamstress myself the way the writer described fabrics, colour and design was exceptionally beautiful. The storyline behind was heartfelt and emotive....mesmerising!

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  • stephen
  • 06-14-18

Mills and boonish

While this is an interesting story I felt it became bogged down in the Mills and Boon style which made me loose interest, I wasn't able to finish this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-18

The resilience of strong women.

I love the way Natasha Lester has captured the voice of each of the characters with dignity amidst the challenges, and Anthea Greco does them all justice in her reading . I felt their pain and their joy, found myself barracking for them from my readers seat, and now the I feel the sadness of coming to the end of my readers journey.

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  • bec
  • 06-27-18

Natasha Lester does it again!

historical fiction, romance, family saga, high fashion, exciting people living interesting lives, this story has it all. The author, Natasha Lester, writes beautifully, combine this with her immaculate research and you have an enjoyable and heart warming story, perfect for when real life isn't so perfect

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-18

Beautiful

A captivating story from the get go.
The narrator was marvellous and suited the beauty of this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-18

Beautiful

My first Natasha Lester book and now I cannot wait to listen to all her books. I could not stop listening to this beautiful story. The narrator is excellent.

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  • Barbara
  • 03-24-19

Aaagh! Avoid this book at all costs!

I thought l might enjoy this rather predictable book but my goodness, story aside, poor choice of narrator has left us with a great deal to be desired. Her pronunciation of both English and French words is at times, unforgivably appalling. Clearly she hasn’t done any homework or rehearsal and while some Australians find French pronunciation somewhat problematical, this young woman simply fails on all counts. Eg., since when has the word implacable been pronounced unplaceable? Sorry Audible, l thought l could listen to it while sewing distracted me a little but the pronunciation and accent are too much. Can’t do it. No option but to return this one seriously unfinished.

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  • Samantha Elliot
  • 07-17-18

Beautiful book!!!

Loved this book, great storyline and wonderful narration. Couldn’t stop listening, very addictive.
Highly recommend!!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-13-18

Great story, shame about pronunciation.

The story is compelling and the performance of the narrator was generally good. Her accents were good and differentiated the characters well. However there were so many mispronunciations which became a bit of a distraction and disrupted the flow of the story. Better editing please.

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  • Kristen Wheeler
  • 06-06-18

Stylish in every way!

Well done Natasha! It’s a hat trick of beautiful stories that capture hearts! Can’t wait for the next book!

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