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Week of December 31, 2018

Paperback releases for the week of December 31st include THE BISHOP'S PAWN by Steve Berry, in which a young Cotton Malone happens upon an explosive secret about what really took place in Memphis the day that Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated; OPERATOR DOWN, former Special Forces officer Brad Taylor's heart-pounding thriller that centers on Pike Logan's search for a Mossad agent and ally, which puts him on a collision course with a ruthless military coup in Africa --- and tests his loyalties to the Taskforce; and TRUST ME, a chilling novel of psychological suspense and manipulation from award-winning author and renowned investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan that poses an intriguing question: Who can you trust when you can't trust yourself?

Jennifer Robson, author of The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding

London, 1947: Besieged by the harshest winter in living memory, the people of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet desperation despite their nation’s recent victory. Among them are Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, embroiderers at the famed Mayfair fashion house of Norman Hartnell. Together they forge an unlikely friendship, but their nascent hopes for a brighter future are tested when they are chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime honor: taking part in the creation of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown.

The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson

February 2019

THE GOWN by Jennifer Robson is a novel that will delight royal watchers, including all those who enjoy Netflix’s “The Crown.”

It opens in 1947 in London. The war has ended, but the residual damage remains, and people’s spirits are still feeling the war’s effect. Then it is announced that Princess Elizabeth will be married, which stirs excitement and a sense of fanfare. The Mayfair fashion house of Norman Hartnell wins the commission for the gown. Two young women, Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, are the embroiders who are assigned to create the brilliant design work for the piece. While they are two fictional characters, Jennifer did extensive research with a seamstress who had worked on the gown, thus the storytelling feels so very authentic.