Delighted to be taking part in the blog tour today for The Missing Pieces Of Nancy Moon by Sarah Steele. Thank you so much to Rosie Margesson at Headline for my invitation to be a part of the launch and release celebrations of this lovely book and for my gorgeous hardback copy.
Published by Headline Review | 6th August 2020 | Hardback |
To unravel the story of that long-lost summer, she had to follow the thread…
Florence Connelly is broken-hearted; her beloved grandmother has just died and her marriage has collapsed.
But things change when she opens a box of vintage 1960s dress patterns, discovered inside her grandmother’s wardrobe. Inside each pattern packet is a fabric swatch, a postcard from Europe and a faded photograph of a young woman wearing the hand-made dress. Why did Flo’s grandmother never speak of this mysterious woman – Nancy Moon?
Her life in tatters, Flo decides to remake Nancy’s dresses, and to head across to the Continent to recreate Nancy’s Grand Tour of 1962. As she follows the thread, Flo begins to unravel an untold story of love and loss in her family’s past. And perhaps to stitch the pieces of her own life back together…
A wonderful read to sooth the spirit and to escape to Europe in this time where its not so easy to do so.
A story rich in wonderful characters and a strong sense of time and place.
I enjoyed reading The Missing Pieces Of Nancy Moon, and hope you have been able to catch the posts I have been making over the last few days, in the run up to my review. Thank you so much to Headline for sending me the stunning ‘postcards’ created by Ellie Morley. I loved them!
I was instantly engrossed in this story and quickly felt invested in the characters with their vivid presence, and wonderfully described personalities. A softly flowing story and one that was very easy to read, I found that I loved both the main characters, Nancy and Flo, and really liked the way the author mirrored their two lives.
Nancy’s tale was full of classic time pieces which only added to her story. The wonderful clothes and her adventures really had a sense of time to them and I loved the way the author used them to connect her to the character of Flo. Both characters had a passion for making clothes and they are brilliantly described throughout the book. I also really liked the way the author compared and highlighted the differences time has made on the places each character visits. I think I preferred the 1960’s version.
The story is an emotional tale but with a mystery running through it. With each new chapter we learn more of Nancy which in turn allows the reader to follow Flo as she traces her Great Aunts footsteps, hoping to find out what happened to Nancy and why she had never heard of her before.
Sarah Steele trained as a classical pianist and violinist in London, before joining the
world of publishing as assistant at Hodder and Stoughton. She was then for many
years a freelance editor. She now lives in Stroud and in 2018 was the director of
Wordfest at Gloucester Cathedral, which culminated in a suffragette march led by
Helen Pankhurst. The Missing Pieces of Nancy Moon is her debut novel.