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Reviewed in Australia on 23 November 2017
I bought this book because I am interested in fashion and the idea of a story based on the life of Christian Dior sounded very appealing. But alas, that is not what the author delivers. He has done a lot of research in to post war Paris and instead of editing has rammed everything in, at the expense of a plot. He spends most of the book rambling off the topic, setting the scene and introducing us to numerous irrelevant and quite frankly, boring characters. The plot never really takes off until the final 30 pages. Most of the novel’s focus is on a character called Copper. A very one dimensional, irritating woman, that I found totally un engaging. The author fails to convey any emotion in his writing, so although he calls himself a romance writer he has not imbued his characters with much in the way of ‘feelings’ and as a result, the reader is left not really caring, about any of his protagonists. If you are interested in Christian Dior, I suggest you skip the first 300 pages and go straight to Chapter 16. That’s when the story really begins and unfortunately finishes, 30 pages later. The Author’s final Epilogue provides us with the most intriguing read of all. What a pity he didn’t concentrate on the relationship between Dior and Yves St Laurent as the basis for this novel. That really would have made a fascinating tale! To sum up the book would have been better if the author had ditched Copper and given us MORE DIOR!