Lily Fitzpatrick loves vintage clothes, made all the more precious because they were once worn and cherished by another woman. Thousands follow her fashion blog and her daily Instagram feed. One day she stumbles upon an extraordinary story. Joy Fitzpatrick not only shares Lily's surname. She was a fashion legend, famed for her beauty and style in 1950s New York. For her 30th birthday, she is said to have commissioned a dress so beautiful that nothing in couture would ever be able to match it. She turned to a young Irish seamstress, called Honor Conlon, to create her sublime vision. THE DRESS interweaves the passionate and surprising stories of three women. Joy and Honor, whose destinies are linked not only by a piece of timeless fashion, but by the ruthless love of one man. And Lily, determined to find out if the legendary dress still exists, and if it does, to bring it back to glorious life.
'I ADORED The Dress ... an enthralling story ... Unputdownable ... Her writing shines in this gem of a novel' Cathy Kelly. 'Mesmerising and moving. Just beautiful' Cecelia Ahern. 'Glamorous, gripping and moving. I just loved it' Marian Keyes. 'I loved this glamorous and lusciously romantic novel, which ping-pongs between Fifties New York and London's contemporary fashion world. Packed with great characters, gorgeous settings and glorious atmosphere, it's Angela's Ashes meets Jacqueline Susann by way of Bridget Jones. I was in floods at the end. Irresistible' Wendy Holden, Daily Mail. 'An endearing story about three generations of women whose lives are intertwined by The Dress' Candis Magazine. 'From the bright lights of 1950s New York to fast-paced, present-day London, the interwoven narratives and beautifully realised characterisation make for a captivating read' The Lady. 'Combines fashion and one's search for love beautifully in a tale that spans generations ... Recommended for those who love stories that dig to a level deeper than mere romance to explore human relationships and family legacies' Cindy Thomson, author of the Ellis Island series. 'A delicious way to pass the time. It's a perfect page-turner for the summer holiday, so my advice would be don't leave home without it' Irish Independent. 'Unlike many books about the fashion world, high on excitement at the glamorous setting, The Dress has none of this breathlessness. The writing is grounded in human drama, with the fashion element written about lovingly in terms of craftsmanship of couture, or realistically, in the case of Lily's travails in today's corporate fashion world ... an engaging read' Sunday Independent.
Kate Kerrigan lives in County Mayo, Eire, with her husband and children. Her novels include Recipes for a Perfect Marriage, shortlisted for the 2006 Romantic Novel of the Year Award and Ellis Island, which was a TV Book Club Summer Read.