It was announced today in The Bookseller, that this stunning novel has risen to No. 1 in Amazon’s Most Sold category – a phenomenal achievement.
The Dressmaker’s Gift has surpassed the likes of Charlie Mackesy’s The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse, and Marian Keyes’ Grown Ups and since its publication in October 2019, Fiona Valpy’s The Dressmaker’s Gift (Amazon Publishing / Lake Union) has accrued international acclaim.
The novel surpassed an incredible 50,000 copies sold in its first month, became a Wall Street Journal and Washington Post bestseller, and was featured on the Amazon “Most Sold” list in the US for two consecutive weeks ahead of publication.
Fiona’s two previous novels published by Amazon have been equally successful. Her first novel in the genre, Sea of Memories, sold over quarter of a million copies and has sold into 15 territories overall, and her second novel, The Beekeeper’s Promise hit an outstanding No. 1 in the Australian Kindle Charts and has also sold in excess of 250,000 copies, as well as being shortlisted for the RNA Goldsboro Books Historical Romantic Novel Awards.
The Dressmaker’s Gift is a gripping story of three young women faced with impossible choices.
Paris, 1940. With the city occupied by the Nazis, three young seamstresses go about their normal lives as best they can. But all three are hiding secrets. War-scarred Mireille is fighting with the Resistance; Claire has been seduced by a German officer; and Vivienne’s involvement is something she can’t reveal to either of them.
Two generations later, Claire’s English granddaughter Harriet arrives in Paris, rootless and adrift, desperate to find a connection with her past. Living and working in the same building on the Rue Cardinale, she learns the truth about her grandmother – and herself – and unravels a family history that is darker and more painful than she ever imagined.
In wartime, the three seamstresses face impossible choices when their secret activities put them in grave danger. Brought together by loyalty, threatened by betrayal, can they survive history’s darkest era without being torn apart?
Fiona spent seven years living in France, having moved there from the UK in 2007. Her love for the country, its people and their history has found its way into the books she’s written. She draws inspiration from the stories of strong women, especially during the years of the Second World War, and her meticulous historical research enriches her writing with an evocative sense of time and place.
Fiona now lives in Scotland, but still enjoys regular visits to France in search of the sun.