I am very grateful to http://www.lovereading.co.uk @lovereadinguk for an Advanced Reader Copy of ‘The Dress’ by Kate Kerrigan. It is published by Head of Zeus on 27th August 2015.
Lily Fitzpatrick is a vintage fashion blogger who finds a reference to Joy, an American beauty and socialite, who commissioned a dress that it was said could never be matched again. Lily sets out to discover more about the dress and about the woman who has the same surname, Fitzpatrick. This leads Lily to creating a dress of her own during which process she learns the true meaning of love and friendship.
The plot is extremely clever and fast paced, weaving past and present together highly effectively and bringing to life the rich times of American 1950s very evocatively. There is also a very clear sense of Irish landscape and pride. I preferred the New York settings as they held an evocative glamour that was unfamiliar to me. As the plot develops, there are comparisons and differences between the roles of women which I also enjoyed.
I found Kate Kerrigan’s ‘The Dress’ thoroughly entertaining, not least because it gave me an insight into a world I couldn’t possibly inhabit – that of haut couture.
I thought Frank was slightly disappointing as a character,because he seemed so rash in some of his actions, but I really empathised with Joy, finding her brittle, sad and deserving of happiness.
I thought ‘The Dress’ would make a perfect holiday read and would appeal to those who also enjoy books by Emma Hannigan and Sheila O’Flannagan.
Other reviews are available here.