What the bloggers say: 

Books of All Kinds, 5/9/19:
“Engaging, fascinating, and absorbing...Chevalier brings fact and fiction together effortlessly”

Trip Fiction, 2/9/19:
“As always, the author’s writing is eloquent, engaging and wonderfully observant of era and place”

Random Things Through My Letterbox, 5/9/19:
“Winchester Cathedral is an evocative and quite sensual setting for this bold, intelligent and quite wonderful novel”

Mrs Bloggs Books, 4/9/19:
“This endearing, wonderful novel was a joy to read”

em_digs_books, 5/9/19:
“It’s a charmer”


“A fascinating novel...Chevalier...has a well-known gift for immersing herself in a subject. Her research here is so thorough and so heart-felt that she manages to make the ancient art of embroidery interesting...Chevalier has such a sure eye for detail, whether she is describing the timeless loveliness of the cathedral or the dismal interior of a 1930s boarding house. Reading this is deeply pleasurable and the ending made me cry.”
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