A Gown of Thorns

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A Gown of Thorns

A Gown of Thorns A bittersweet romantic novella set in the rolling valleys of the French Dordogne wine making region Shauna Vincent a graduate from the north of England has just learned that the job she set her hear

  • Title: A Gown of Thorns
  • Author: Natalie Meg Evans
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A bittersweet romantic novella set in the rolling valleys of the French Dordogne wine making region Shauna Vincent, a graduate from the north of England, has just learned that the job she set her heart on has gone to a socially well connected rival Devastated, she accepts an offer in France from an old family friend to be au pair to the woman s grandchildren Within aA bittersweet romantic novella set in the rolling valleys of the French Dordogne wine making region.Shauna Vincent, a graduate from the north of England, has just learned that the job she set her heart on has gone to a socially well connected rival Devastated, she accepts an offer in France from an old family friend to be au pair to the woman s grandchildren Within a week, Shauna is deep in the Dordogne With little to do other than organise her two charges busy social diaries, she has endless hours in which to explore the magical landscape that surrounds her Her new home is the ancient Chateau de Chemignac with its vineyards and hidden secrets, including a locked tower room where she unearths a trove of vintage gowns, one of which feels unsettlingly familiar Then Shauna falls asleep one afternoon in a valley full of birdsong, and has a strange dream of a vintage aircraft circling threateningly overhead So when she suddenly awakes to find charming local landowner Laurent de Chemignac standing over her Shauna wonders if the dashing aristocrat might be just the person to help her untangle this unexpected message from the past.

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    1. Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess on said:

      5 Words: Wine, summer, war, family, secrets.This was a pretty easy-going story, with a split timeline offering two intriguing stories that come together at the end with a slightly predictable twist.I loved that the main character was a scientist, and how she could hold her own. In fact, pretty much every female character in this book was smart and savvy, with strengths and weaknesses a hidden little secrets that have them an extra dimension and really brought them to life - even the side charact [...]

    2. Thebooktrail on said:

      Visit the locations here: thebooktrail/book-traiWW2, 2003: The Dordogne region and an old castle have secrets, tucked away amongst its rolling valleysDordogne evoked so vividly and in such exquisite detail that you will smell the flowers, feel the sun on your face and feel the old stone bricks of the castle as you explore with Shauna.The castle – where else can you live in Dordogne? – this is the place which has witnessed more than most. It has a secret or two in its past and an old fairytal [...]

    3. Rachael Burrows on said:

      This was such an interesting book!!! I love anything dealing with WWIId to mix that with wine?!? Two of my favorite things I have read Natalie Meg Evans' other books and they are wonderful. The Goen of Thorns is wonderful as well. If you love WWII historical fiction, read this!!

    4. nikkia neil on said:

      Thanks Bookouture and netgalley for this ARC.I love all of Natalie Meg Evans books! This one is right up there with her other two and I can't wait to read what she comes out with next.

    5. Emma Crowley on said:

      Natalie Meg Evans writes in the historical fiction genre and boy does she excel herself in her chosen area, I adored The Milliner's Secret when it was released just a few months ago. Natalie makes you feel like you are right there back in war torn Paris embroiled in a story of struggles, hardship and love. I do admit her début novel The Dress Thief is still in my T.B.R but I have heard great things about it. Maybe it's not a bad thing that I still have it to devour as apart from reading this ne [...]

    6. Nancy G on said:

      Enjoyable read butEnjoyable read but the flow of the story was a bit confusing. I confess that I was not always giving the story 100 percent concentration. I recommend this book when one is looking for a light read

    7. Pippa on said:

      This was a freebie which I downloaded without realising it was mystic, magic and mumbojumbo. I got to 18% and decided I was never going to like it so why waste time reading it. Absolutely NOT MY THING, added to which I felt that the female lead was very immature.

    8. Agi on said:

      If you are in need to read a really good historical fiction then you can with certainty go for books by Natalie Meg Evans. I've only read "The Millicent's Secret" by this author, although I've read raving reviews of her debut novel, The Dress Thief, as well, and so I'm only waiting for my day to have 48 hours to be able to read this book as well. But as those 48 hours are not in sight in the closest future, I was really happy to see that there is a novella by Natalie Meg Evans available on NetGa [...]

    9. Kay Hudson on said:

      Natalie Meg Evans’ short novel, A Gown of Thorns, begins in contemporary (2003) France, as Shauna Vincent arrives in the French wine country. Passed over for the research job she was expecting at home in Britain, she has taken a summer au pair post with a distant relative on her mother’s side of the family, a woman she has never met, Isabelle Duval. Hoping merely to survive until fall and get back to something worthy of her academic degree, Shauna has no idea what to expect at the Chateau de [...]

    10. Artemiz on said:

      A Gown of Thorns by Natalie Meg Evans is an easy read. Its a story about an English girl Shauna, who goes to France for a summer to be an au pair for a two children in a vineyard where lives her distant cousin.Besides her cousin and the children there is also the owner of the vineyard, another old relative and another help. The elderly relative hates her on a spot, the help feels her position threatened by Shauna and of course, the owner Laurent, falls for her. But it's not just a nice summer ro [...]

    11. Mandi on said:

      I loved the sense of mystery and urgency in this book. There was such suspense at times that it kept me reading just to find out what was going on. Which was nice because the story did drag a bit at times. I loved the setting of the book and the author managed to describe it so well that I very clearly have this place mapped out in my head. In fact one of my favorite things about this book was the very vivid and clear descriptions.The only downfall in this story was that I found myself utterly c [...]

    12. Danielle on said:

      Thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for the opportunity to review this title. I think I've always liked Evans' novels because each one incorporates an element of fashion. The story of Gown of Thorns revolves around a dress that is rumored to be cursed. It's a light read that features a split story set in WW2 and 2003 in the rolling hills of a French vineyard. Shauna leaves England to be an au pair for Isabelle Duvall's grandchildren in France. As history unfolds the curse of the gown begins t [...]

    13. Jennifer on said:

      This book mostly takes place in 2003 on a vineyard in France, with some interludes to the same location during WWII, where some English spies were hiding out with a member of the French resistance. The parts in the past, however, were experienced by the main character somehow having a vision of herself in the part of an English woman from the past - I have to say, I would have preferred it if it were just straight flashbacks rather than this supernatural element. Book was also a bit too romance [...]

    14. Judy on said:

      This novel goes back and forth between current day and WWII occupied France as an au pair and the owner of the vineyard in France where she is working slip in and out of the lives of a female secret agent sent from England to help the resistance and the Count (and grandfather of the current owner) who was her first contact on being dropped into France. At least part of the time, a vintage dress seems to be their conduit back in time. It´s a well written and absorbing tale which kept me interest [...]

    15. Cindy Burnett on said:

      A Gown of Thorns was a cute, light read. I loved the setting in the Dordogne valley in France. Evans’ descriptions of the area are fantastic and made me want to visit that area again. While I enjoyed the story, I did feel there was a lot packed into one book, and at times it was a little confusing. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this novel in exchange for an honest review.

    16. Elise on said:

      After reading all the Harry Potter books through, I was looking for a change of pace, even just a "filler" until I found something that really grabbed me Well, this grabbed me. It stuck to the then vs now genre I've become partial to, but it wasn't the usual alternating chapters between time shifts, which was a nice change. It had the fantastical element that I love, but not to the point that it was overdone. Throughly enjoyed this book!

    17. Amy on said:

      I was very disappointed with this book. Having absolutely loved The dress thief and The milliner's secret, I had high hopes for this. My favourite subject matter- France and SOE agents What could go wrong? Well, a weak main character and juvenile writing will pretty much kill it I was really surprised as the author usually has such sassy, strong women characters and her writing is usually so great.

    18. Ellen on said:

      The setting is rural southwest France, wine country, the perfect place for this romantic story. Shauna escapes to France after losing a job in a large scientific research company. Helping a distant relative, she becomes part of the family and falls in love. Both Shauna and Laurent find themselves channeling two lovers killed by the Nazis during WWII. The mystery of their death becomes an obsession for both of them.

    19. Ann on said:

      A pleasant easy read with a vineyard in the Dordogne as the setting. It takes place in 2003 to with occasional flashbacks back to the WW II. English girl Shauna goes to France for a summer to be an au pair for a two children and the story is told mainly through her eyes. I enjoyed the first half very much towards the end found the story of what happened in the past confusing with restless souls and a dress that brought bad luck

    20. Ronnale on said:

      Swept awayA rich tale that swept me away to the wine regions of France. Loved the characters and the quantum time shifts

    21. Alison Clinton on said:

      LovelyLovely story which I read in just over day . It has tempted me to try other books from this author.

    22. Martin on said:

      Enjoyable as I thought it would be. Full review: sleaze-factor/2016

    23. Sally Allen on said:

      An interesting readI enjoyed reading it but was not captivated by it. If a book is 4 star I read till finished, but I have the luxury of time and boredom.

    24. Lisa on said:

      I got this book from Netgalley and I wanted to love this book but the UK terminology and the characters made it very hard. I just couldn't do it.

    25. Barbara on said:

      An interesting, albeit far-fetched plot, but too many really, really stupid women, starting with Yvonne. Also a little too much bed and partner swapping for me.

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