Read The Designer Online Free - In 1944, newly married Copper Reilly arrives in Paris soon after the liberation. While the city celebrates its freedom, she’s stuck in the prison of an unhappy marriage. When her husband commits one betrayal too many, Copper demands a separation.
Alone in Paris, she finds an unlikely new friend: an obscure, middle-aged designer from the back rooms of a decaying fashion house whose timid nature and reluctance for fame clash with the bold brilliance of his designs. His name is Christian Dior.
Realising his genius, Copper urges Dior to strike out on his own, helping to pull him away from his insecurities and towards stardom. With just a camera and a typewriter, she takes her own advice and ventures into the wild and colourful world of fashion journalism.
Soon Copper finds herself torn between two very different suitors, questioning who she is and what she truly wants. As the city rebuilds and opulence returns, can Copper make a new, love-filled life for herself?
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November 17, 2017
It was the mentioning of Christian Dior that made me curious to read the book. Well, not only that, but I was intrigued by the fact that the main character, Copper, strikes up a friendship with the well-known fashion designer. A man I know next to nothing about.
The book took me by surprise, at fi...
September 04, 2017
I admit to some serious wavering with regard to choosing this book from the Kindle First offerings. The last few I’ve read—or tried to read—were poster kids for amateur writing, ridiculous plots, stilted dialogue, and scant acquaintance with history, much less the bedrock of fiction. Worse, this...
September 27, 2017
I adored this book. The characters are so full and I felt as if for two days I retreated into the bohemian life of a stringer journalist in WWII Paris.
September 10, 2017
Historical fiction brings the events and personalities, the highs and lows of history to life as non-fictional accountings rarely can. In relating the rise of Christian Dior as narrated by the entirely fictional character of Copper (Oona) Reilly, the reader is treated to a view of post...
September 25, 2017
‘Can’t you be happy for me? At least I’m off the cocaine.’
'Really?’ Copper asked sceptically.
'Well, at least I can afford my own stuff now. I don’t have to go on my knees to Petrus anymore.’
'No, you get other women to do that for you.’
'Don’t lecture me, Copper. You live your life and I’ll liv...
September 02, 2017
Historical fiction at its best
Copper and her friends are wonderful characters set against the end of the war. I didn't want the story to end.
September 19, 2017
This was my choice for the month of September 2017 among Kindle First books. The book is going to be released in October 2017. I have chosen this book for three reasons: One because it is a historical fiction and it is one of my favorite genres. Second, the cover! it is elegant and...
November 15, 2017
I loved learning more about the history of the period. The author liberally sprinkles many well-known characters throughout the book, including some I did not realize were real people. The romance seemed a bit contrived and forced, but maybe that's just me.
September 09, 2017
Something about this book makes it feel like reading it is a guilty pleasure. With the backdrop of WWII (which, being Jewish, I normally avoid because I am unwilling and terrified to learn of the horrors) I was surprised to find myself not skipping pages. For this fashionista, the pull to learn a...
November 05, 2017
As a lover of fashion, particularly vintage fashion, I loved the references to some of the greats - Schiaparelli, Balenciaga, Balmain - and the scenes that reflected what it takes to make a couture collection. I also liked the inclusion of Catherine Dior, and her heroics in WWII, which was based...