This historical novel is based on the life of Ann Low, one of the most famous dress designers of the 1920’s through the 1960’s. Ann developed her skills under the tutelage of her mother and grandmother, a former slave. At a very young age she married an older man who proved to be an abusive alcoholic. He thwarts her talent and dreams for a time. Luckily, she is given the chance to escape to Tampa, Florida when a wealthy socialite recognizes her ability and offers her a job sewing for her family. She encourages Ann and underwrites her education at a design school in New York. Eventually Ann settles in New York and becomes a designer to those listed in the Social Register. She fashions the wedding gown of Jackie Kennedy, among others.
Ann’s story is filled with hard work and tragedy, as well as triumph. Throughout she feels led by God and supported by her church family.
VERDICT: 4 STARS. A light and inspirational read.
For more Christian fiction see these book reviews:
until Leaves fall in Paris by Sarah Sundin–Book Review
Sensible Shoes by Sharon Garlough Brown — Book Review