i received a copy of the winter dress from simon and schuster au in exchange for an honest review.
the winter dress review
the winter dress follows two characters: jo and anna. jo is a modern day textile historian (isn’t that a cool profession??), and anna a 17th century woman. the whole story is connected through a silk dress that anna owns and ends up preserved through a shipwreck.
i’ve always been a fan of connecting storylines. i prefer stories like this, where there’s only two people (otherwise i find it gets confusing). anna owns and occasionally wears a silk dress. jo and a team of divers discover the dress amongst a shipwreck, and jo takes it upon herself to discover as much about anna as she could.
both anna and jo were extremely different. anna was soft and delicate, whereas jo was the opposite. despite their differences, i found i loved both women. they were interesting and brought a life to the story.
the way lauren chater wrote this book was really well done. from the connections to the storytelling itself. *chef’s kiss* i absolutely couldn’t recommend this book enough.
p.s. the dress mentioned in this book is real (which really surprised me!). although not linked to anna. anna’s friend, catharina van shurman, sounds a lot like anna maria van schurman (a real woman, who was an artist!). small things like this make a book 100% more interesting to me.