“I read such a good review of this book and I was excited that it is set in France but it deeply disappointed me. I found the main male character very weak and infuriatingly undecided. I couldn't even make it through half the book.”Tatyana wrote this review Wednesday, August 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An older reclusive tailer falls head over heels for a women who comes into his shop to have a wedding dress made. She is much younger and richer. Eventually they get together and she breaks his heart. This was a very sad love story almost throughout the book. I loved the cover on the book and when I read the cover write up, I was expecting a fairtale kind of love affair.”KB4234 wrote this review Sunday, August 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This summary really misses the mark, in my opinion. At no time did I feel that Valentine shared Claud's feelings for him. He was instantly smitten, quickly morphing into obsession, to the point that he almost forces himself on her at one of their last meetings. Their relationship is not sweet, simple or heartfelt. It is all lust for him, and all father-complex for her.
Adding to this plot is the estranged wife who suddenly appears after 8 years of silence, just in time for Claud to become a famous designer at one of France's most sought-after design houses. Overbearing, over-the-top, greedy, manipulative and grating ... this woman should have been turned on her heel. However, Claud succombs to her omnipresence and allows her to spend freely. Oddly enough, while his actions prove otherwise, he continues to make it clear to her and others that they are separated and getting divorced...all while signing check after check at her whim.
Then there is Lebrais, the owner of the design house. I could never figure out if the house was all-the-rage, or perhaps it had fallen out of favor with a fickle fashion market. In any event, Lebrais was the male version of Claud's wife: verbal, pushy, condescending and manipulative. Once again, Claud talks a big game, but falls in line with Lebrais' demands.
One bristling character I could have overlooked, two I could have handled, but three? I felt no compassion whatsoever for Claud by the end of the book. He deserved to be miserable, alone and a doormat. The saving grace of this book is the descriptions of fashion: the colors, the fabrics and the textures combining to create fabulous outfits.
This was the author's first book, so I will probably give her one more try.”
“Easy to read story about love and its hardships that pulls you in and, while not the happy ending that you want to expect, leaves you fullfilled. ”Anna D wrote this review Sunday, April 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“i had a really hard time with this book and actually didnt manage to finish it im ashamed to say. the "dressmaker" himself was an intriguing character if hard to figure out and that was about all for me. the idea that he falls for a woman who comes to him for a wedding dress for a wedding to another man whom she must not be that inlove with according to her behavior is just disappointing ”Hanna M wrote this review Tuesday, January 11, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“3.75 Super sweet”R Peck Henderhan wrote this review Wednesday, November 17, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was looking forward to reading this book, one of amazon's recommendations but I was disappointed. I didn't hate it but nor did I feel any empathy for any of the characters. Not the worst book I've read by any means but if you want to read a book set France which involves a protagonist who loves their work, read, "Chocolat," instead which is so much better”clare P wrote this review Tuesday, November 10, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting. It touched on love, at different stages, and how it affects everyone.”Missymo wrote this review Thursday, April 2, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Didn't care for any of the characters, no story build up, and a negative attitude for the main character the entire book. Wishing more for some insight into designing (hopefully wedding!) dresses- not despair and pity for an unreturned love. ”Becky S wrote this review Tuesday, December 9, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No