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The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle
A Novel
By (author): Jennifer Ryan
Jennifer Ryan

Imprint:

Ballantine Books

ISBN:

9780593158838

Product Form:

Hardcover
Hardcover
English

Audience:

General / adult
May 31, 2022
$37.00 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

9.53in x 6.35 x 1.4 in | 1.49 lb

Page Count:

432 pages
Ballantine
Ballantine Books
FICTION / Historical / World War II
Three plucky women lift the spirits of homefront brides in wartime Britain, where clothes rationing leaves little opportunity for pomp or celebration—even at weddings—in this heartwarming novel based on true events, from the bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir.

After renowned fashion designer Cressida Westcott loses both her home and her design house in the London Blitz, she has nowhere to go but the family manor house she fled decades ago. Praying that her niece and nephew will be more hospitable than her brother had been, she arrives with nothing but the clothes she stands in, at a loss as to how to rebuild her business from a quaint country village.

Her niece, Violet Westcott, is thrilled that her famous aunt is coming to stay—the village has been interminably dull with all the men off fighting. But just as Cressida arrives, so does Violet’s conscription letter. It couldn’t have come at a worse time; how will she ever find a suitably aristocratic husband if she has to spend her days wearing a frumpy uniform and doing war work?

Meanwhile, the local vicar’s daughter, Grace Carlisle, is trying in vain to repair her mother’s gown, her only chance of a white wedding. When Cressida Westcott appears at the local Sewing Circle meeting, Grace asks for her help—but Cressida has much more to teach the ladies than just simple sewing skills.



Before long, Cressida’s spirit and ambition galvanizes the village group into action, and they find themselves mending wedding dresses not only for local brides, but for brides across the country. And as the women dedicate themselves to helping others celebrate love, they might even manage to find it for themselves…

Story Locale: UK during WWII

INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS: Ryan takes inspiration from the true stories of women during WWII who, in light of the fabric shortages, would donate their wedding dresses to sewing clubs to be remade so that other women could also marry their sweethearts before they went off to war.

BESTSELLING AUTHOR: Chilbury was a national bestseller and continues to find new readers every year.

A RETURN TO AN ENGLISH VILLAGE SETTING: Though a standalone, the novel is set in the fictional village of Aldhurst in the same county Kent as the fictional Chilbury. The women of Aldhurst have all the charm, heart, and emotion as their beloved neighbors in Chilbury.

PRAISE FOR JENNIFER RYAN: “A delightful debut.” People on The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir; “[A] charming slice of English wartime life that warms the soul like a hot toddy.” Martha Hall Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of Lilac Girls on The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir; “[A] quick and delightful mystery.” The New York Times Book Review on The Spies of Shilling Lane; “This story had me so hooked, I literally couldn’t put it down to cook.” NPR on The Kitchen Front

Jennifer Ryan is the author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir, The Spies of Shilling Lane, and The Kitchen Front. She was previously a nonfiction book editor. Originally from Kent and then London, she lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband and two children.

Author Residence: Falls Church, VA

Author Hometown: Kent, UK

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Extra content available to booksellers

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Publicity: National media attention

National/local review and feature attention

Online review and feature attention

Local author promotion: Washington, DC



Author Website: www.jenniferryanbooks.com

Author Social Media: @JenniferiRyan

Praise for The Kitchen Front

“A charming tale that will satiate a lot of different tastes…This story had me so hooked, I literally couldn’t put it down to cook.”—NPR

“World War II–era England wasn’t a happy place, but one can always find joy in cake and tea…. Four women, who have different reasons for competing, take solace in one another as they create recipes out of rationed ingredients. It’s like re-watching old episodes of The Great British Baking Show.The Washington Post

“A positively uplifting read that is as soothing as a warm cup of Earl Grey on a gloomy morning.”Booklist

Praise for The Spies of Shilling Lane

“This tale swept me away!”First for Women

“[A] quick and delightful mystery…Ryan’s subtlety shines in her acknowledgment of the importance of remembering the people who pass through our lives and in her descriptions of how war and conflict can teach empathy and change people for the better.”The New York Times Book Review

Praise for The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir

“A delightful debut.”People

“There’s so much happening in Chilbury: intrigue, romance and an unforgettable cast of characters who aren’t always as they appear. The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir is a charming slice of English wartime life that warms the soul like a hot toddy.”—Martha Hall Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of Lilac Girls

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