To unravel that long-lost summer, she had to follow the thread…
Florence Connelly is broken hearted. Her marriage has collapsed under the weight of the loss she shares with her husband, and her beloved grandmother has just died. Even the joy she found in dressmaking is gone.
But things change when Flo opens a box of vintage 1960s dress patterns found inside her grandmother’s wardrobe. Inside each pattern packet is a fabric swatch, a postcard from Europe and a photograph of a mysterious young woman, Nancy Moon, wearing the hand-made dress.
Flo discovers that Nancy was a distant relation who took the boat train to Paris in 1962 and never returned. With no one to stay home for, Flo decides to follow Nancy’s thread. She unravels an untold story of love and loss in her family’s past. And begins to stitch the pieces of her own life back together.
The Missing Pieces Of Nancy Moon is published on the 6th August 2020. You can pre-order your copy using the link below.
The Missing Pieces Of Nancy Moon was a beautifully written and plotted book about love, life and heartache. This is unbelievably the author’s debut novel and I can’t wait to read more from her in the future.
Firstly i loved the two main character Flo and Nancy who I enjoyed following throughout the book. I did prefer Nancy to Flo a little bit as she was such a captivating, strong lady who seemed to have a positive outlook on life. That’s not to say I didn’t like Flo and feel a lot of sympathy for her with the state of her marriage and the sad loss if her baby. I found myself feeling a little jealous of the close family and friends that she had surrounded herself with as she seemed to have a lot of people to support her.
The dressmaking part of the story helped give it a nostalgic edge that brought to life the 1960’s era for me. I found it really interesting to learn more about it especially the type of clothes made and the materials used. The occasions that the clothes were used at was nice to read about too and some were so beautiful I found myself wishing I could have worn them too.
Overall I thought this was a fabulous, multi layered story that was an absolutely joy to read. The story intrigued me from the start with its interesting prologue which hinted of things to come and lots of history between the characters. There were many twists and turns which ensured I was glued to the page, along with lots of secrets being hidden which I loved. I felt quite sad to finish the book leave the story and characters behind.
Huge thanks to Rosie from Headline for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Sarah Steele was the director of Wordfest at Gloucester Cathedral in 2018, which culminated in a suffragette march led by Helen Pankhurst. After training in London as a classical pianist and violinist, Sarah joined the world of publishing as assistant at Hodder and Stoughton. She was for many years a freelance editor. She lives in Stroud. THE MISSING PIECES OF NANCY MOON is her debut novel.