The Paris Gown: A Novel (Paperback)

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From perennially popular historical novelist Christine Wells, the delightful tale of three young women in 1950s Paris who share a single dazzling Christian Dior gown.

Paris, 1955

Three friends—Claire, Gina, and Margot—who parted as very young women with their whole lives ahead of them, reunite in Paris years later, determined to start life anew.

Parisian Claire has been working hard to become a Michelin-starred chef one day, but ever since the heady time she spent in the company of socialites Gina and Margot, her dream has been to own a Dior gown. This seemed like a far-off fantasy, until the eccentric and wealthy Madame Vaughn, who lives above Claire’s family brasserie, abruptly leaves Paris, asking Claire to mind her apartment. More bafflingly, Madame Vaughn also makes Claire a very special gift: a stunning Dior gown.

Meanwhile Gina, a cool American blue blood, lands on Claire’s doorstep nursing a broken heart and a broken engagement after her father lost all of the family money in a risky business venture. A journalist aspiring to be a novelist, Gina has returned to Paris in the hopes of pursuing her dream. But when her father begs her to attend the United States Embassy ball in the hopes of persuading Hal Sanders, her former fiancé, to invest in her father’s new business venture, she is torn. She wants to help her father, but seeing Hal again will be exquisitely painful. And what on earth is she going to wear?

Warm-hearted Claire insists Gina wear the Dior gown to the ball, and after some hesitation, Gina accepts. At Dior for Gina’s fitting, who should assist them but Margot, the friend they thought had gone back to Australia to be married. But Margot is living in Paris and working at Dior under an assumed name, and clearly, she is not happy to have been found.

Is their close friendship at an end? Or will the wonder and delight of the Dior gown bring these young women back together?

Gorgeous, perfectly fitted, lustrous and luxurious, the Dior gown has the power to change lives—as these three remarkable women are about to discover…


Christine Wells writes historical fiction featuring strong, fascinating women. From early childhood, she drank in her father’s tales about the real kings and queens behind popular nursery rhymes, and she has been a keen student of history ever since. She began her first novel while working as a corporate lawyer and has gone on to write about periods ranging from Georgian England to post World War II France. Christine is passionate about helping other writers learn the craft and business of writing fiction and enjoys mentoring and teaching workshops. She loves dogs, running, the beach, and fossicking for antiques, and lives with her family in Brisbane, Australia.


Product Details ISBN: 9780063336889
ISBN-10: 006333688X
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: August 20th, 2024
Pages: 320
Language: English

“As dazzling as a Dior gown! Sisters of the Resistance tells the fascinating story of two sisters working with Catherine Dior and the French Resistance during WWII. With a gorgeous blend of fashion, heartbreak, heroism, and love this book will transport you to France.” — Natasha Lester, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Secret

“Christine Wells’ Sisters of the Resistance shifts effortlessly between the desperation of the final months of World War II to the glamour of Dior’s post-war collection in this page-turner. Based on Catherine Dior’s real-life resistance movement, this is a powerful story of the impact women have had on history.” — Stephanie Marie Thornton, USA Today bestselling author of And They Called It Camelot

Sisters of the Resistance by Christine Wells is a breathless rollercoaster of love, suspense and danger—and all spiced with the timeless glamour of the launch of Christian Dior’s New Look. This story...will have you turning the pages at light speed!” — Anna Campbell, award-winning author

“Brimming with danger, adventure, and Dior, Sisters of the Resistance kept me guessing to the end. This story of two sisters working for the French resistance beautifully explores the vast gray area between right and wrong, love and hate—no one gets off easily, and no triumph is without cost.” — Kerri Maher, author of The Girl in White Gloves

“The book has it all: high fashion, spies, romance, loss, healing, mystery, sisterhood, friendship, and strong female protagonists...It is a fast-paced, well-told story that transports the reader to a memorable time in world history.” — Historical Novel Society on Sisters of the Resistance