I do not need to tell you how much I love Brenda Janowitz. It is evident every time she writes a column for Pop Sugar or new book- she is the godmother of all bookish things if there ever was one plus her love for pop culture is unparalleled. Her latest book, The Grace Kelly Dress, out now, is the one of her best yet! It is the most lovely story about a dress, three lives and the interwoven secrets and love that tie them together. I can’t tell you how much you need to read this book and you need to get to know Brenda. She is literally the best “book” friend we need in all of our lives ❤
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“Exactly the type of book I love: charming, smart, and brimming with heart.”—EMILY GIFFIN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted
“Fast paced and entertaining from beginning to end.”—KRISTIN HANNAH, #1 New York Timesbestselling author of The Nightingale
Two years after Grace Kelly’s royal wedding, her iconic dress is still all the rage in Paris—and one replica, and the secrets it carries, will inspire three generations of women to forge their own paths in life and in love.
Paris, 1958: Rose, a seamstress at a fashionable atelier, has been entrusted with sewing a Grace Kelly—look-alike gown for a wealthy bride-to-be. But when, against better judgment, she finds herself falling in love with the bride’s handsome brother, Rose must make an impossible choice, one that could put all she’s worked for at risk: love, security and of course, the dress.
Sixty years later, tech CEO Rachel, who goes by the childhood nickname “Rocky,” has inherited the dress for her upcoming wedding in New York City. But there’s just one problem: Rocky doesn’t want to wear it. A family heirloom dating back to the 1950s, the dress just isn’t her. Rocky knows this admission will break her mother Joan’s heart. But what she doesn’t know is why Joan insists on the dress—or the heartbreaking secret that changed her mother’s life decades before, as she herself prepared to wear it.
As the lives of these three women come together in surprising ways, the revelation of the dress’s history collides with long-buried family heartaches. And in the lead-up to Rocky’s wedding, they’ll have to confront the past before they can embrace the beautiful possibilities of the future.
- What three celebrities/authors/figures- living or dead, would you want to have a bookclub with?
Well, Grace Kelly, of course! And we‘d be reading The Great Gatsby, so I’d love for F. Scott Fitzgerald to join us. Finally, I’d include Michelle Obama. I recently read her memoir, and I instantly fell in love!
- Current binge series?
At the recommendation of Elin Hilderbrand, I binged both seasons of Succession on HBO. I love a good family drama, and Succession is all about the drama!
- Last favorite book?
I loved Little Fires Everywhere and cannot wait for the new Reese Witherspoon adaptation coming soon!
- What 3 things are a must for your purse? What type of bag do you carry?
I carry a cross-body hobo bag. For a busy mom with kids, cross-body is a must! It’s big enough to carry my trusty iPad, for when I need to get work done on the go. My must haves are lip balm, my phone, and a book!
- Must read magazine or newspaper column?
I”m completely obsessed with the New York Times Modern Love column. I recently had my own essay published there, and it was such an honor. (https://nyti.ms/2NQxDEO)
- Last movie you saw?
My husband and I saw Knives Out in the theater. (And yes, as a busy working mom, I am bragging about seeing a movie in the movie theater.)
- Favorite or film you read/watched while researching Grace Kelly?
I’m a sucker for all of Grace Kelly’s films, but my favorite one is To Catch a Thief. I mean, Cary Grant looking dreamy, come on!
- Funnest fact you found out about Grace?
I was shocked to discover that Grace’s wedding dress was actually comprised of four separate parts, each of which were put on separately as she dressed for her big day.
- Top 3 favorite blogs?
Beauty, Bliss, and Books, of course! I also love Great Thoughts, Great Readers, and Good Book Fairy.
- Describe your writing space?
I usually write in my office, which has a large double desk that my husband and I share. It’s lined with bookcases, and thus, very inspiring. That said, I write wherever and whenever I can, so I have an iPad with an attached keyboard that I love. In fact, I’m writing this to you from my iPad right now!
- White, Red, Rose or no way?
- Do you have a favorite book that you gift?
I always give books as gifts! I try really hard to match the book with the recipient and make it personal.
- Current book that you wished they would make a movie out of?
The Grace Kelly Dress!!
- Top 5 favorite movies?
To Catch a Thief
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- Current must have beauty product?
I cannot live without SPF everyday. I love Skinceuticals and SuperGoop!
- Royals- yes or no? If so, who is your favorite?
Yes! There are so many to choose from, but I especially loved watching Grace Kelly’s grandchildren get married this summer.
- Favorite Instagram influencer?
Besides you? I love Ashley Spivey’s feed.
- If you could name just one lipstick after a The Grace Kelly Dress, what would you call it and what shade would it be?
It would be a pale pink, and we’d have to call it— what else?— Princess Grace.
- Current #TBR pile?
Right now, I’m reading tons of ARCs for my PopSugar Summer list.
- Best advice for aspiring writers?
Writing is re-writing. Don’t be afraid to cut ruthlessly!
- Favorite outfit Grace wore during her heyday?
There’s something so classic about the dress Grace wore when she won her Oscar in 1955. But I also love it when Grace let her hair down in Jamaica— that white two piece? To die for!
- Favorite celebrity wedding dress?
I think this one is pretty obvious!
- Tell us about selecting your wedding dress?
When selecting my wedding dress, there were so many details that I was drawn to, and it was only in hindsight that I realized that I was actually shopping for my own version of a Grace Kelly Dress. From the delicate bows that trailed down the back of my dress to the silk ribbon that tied around the waist— a nod to the cummerbund— I was channeling this iconic gown.