Harper Dupree has pinned all her hopes on a future in fashion design. But when it comes crashing down around her, she returns home to Fairhope, Alabama, and to Millie, the woman who first taught her how to sew. As Harper rethinks her own future, long-hidden secrets about Millie's past are brought to light.
In 1946, Millie Middleton--the daughter of an Italian man and a Black woman--boarded a train and left Charleston to keep half of her heritage hidden. She carried with her two heirloom buttons and the dream of owning a dress store. She never expected to meet a charming train jumper who changed her life forever . . . and led her yet again to a heartbreaking choice about which heritage would define her future.
Now, together, Harper and Millie return to Charleston to find the man who may hold the answers they seek.. and a chance at the dress shop they've both dreamed of. But it's not until all appears lost that they see the unexpected ways to mend what frayed between the seams.
My thoughts: I enjoyed this split time story! Two women who share a dream of opening a dress shop and being known for their dress designs. I thought that the history was fascinating, albeit sad, behind this story. I read a classic in high school that was similar to Millie's story, about women who were able to hide their heritage. Ashley Clark does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. This is wonderful historical read to pick up!
I received this book from Bethany House. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.
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