The Dress Thief published by Quercus in 2014 and by Bookouture in the USA
“Rich in detail, this is a pacey and engaging read, full of cloak and dagger intrigue, beautiful clothes and romance” Sunday Mirror
A love story set in the gloriously chic world of 1930s Paris.
Alix Gower has a dream: to join the ranks of Coco Chanel to become a designer in the high-stakes world of Parisian haute couture. But Alix also has a secret: she supports her family by stealing designs to create bootlegs for the foreign market. A hidden sketchbook and two minutes inside Hermès is all she needs to create a perfect replica, to be whisked off to production in New York. Then Alix is given her big break – a chance to finally realize her dream in one of the most prominent Parisian fashion houses – but at the price of copying the breakthrough Spring Collection.
Knowing this could be her only opportunity, Alix accepts the arrangement. But when a mystery from her past resurfaces and a chance meeting has her falling into the arms of a handsome English war reporter, Alix learns that the slightest misstep – or misplaced trust – could set her life falling apart at the seams.
The Dress Thief was nominated for a Romance Writers of America RITA in 2015. It won the LoveStories’ Readers award for the best historical novel and the Greek Public Book award for the best foreign novel.
What they say:
“A fascinating evocation of a great fashion house and the knife-edge the designers live on” – Sara Craven
“This story is as glamorous as the clothes it describes” – The Lady.
“A truly accomplished and delicious debut novel” – Laurie Graham
June 1940. As Paris, the City of Light, approaches its darkest hour, a young woman treads the line between survival and collaboration. Londoner Cora Masson has reinvented herself as Coralie de Lirac, using a false claim to aristocratic birth to launch herself as a fashionable milliner. When the Nazis invade, the influence of a high-ranking lover protects her business. But the cruel demands of war – and of love – cannot be kept at bay forever. Soon Coralie must find the courage to do what’s necessary to protect her friends, her freedom and everything she believes in.
What they say;
“Every time Coralie sat in a Paris café so did I. When she laughed, I laughed and when she cried, I reached for the tissues. The author has the ability to make you believe in Coralie as if you were personally watching her story unfold right in front of your eyes.” Popzara
“Yet again, Natalie Meg Evans wows with a wild storyline set in ’40s Paris—a time of war, resistance, and love! Stunning! This storyline is a winner, carving out an image for Natalie Meg Evans as a historical romance author who breaks (fashion) boundaries, destroys enemies and neatly weaves romantic plots . . . I fear no more for Natalie Meg Evans’ inevitable success. A star ── ” Chicklit Pad
A bittersweet romance set in the rolling valleys of the French Dordogne wine-making region.
“Natalie’s books are a treasure trove of vibrant, vivid stories, memorable characters and pacey writing!” Tracy Rees, bestselling author of Amy Snow
Shauna Vincent, a graduate from the north of England has just learned that the job she set her heart on has gone to a socially well-connected rival. Devastated, she accepts an offer in France from an old family friend – to be au pair to the woman’s grandchildren. Within a week, Shauna is deep in the Dordogne. With little to do other than organise her two charges’ busy social diaries, she has endless hours in which to explore the magical landscape that surrounds her.
Her new home is the ancient Château de Chemignac with its vineyards and hidden secrets, including a locked tower room where she unearths a trove of vintage gowns, one of which feels unsettlingly familiar. Then Shauna falls asleep one afternoon in a valley full of birdsong, and has a strange dream of a vintage aircraft circling threateningly overhead. Waking to find local landowner Laurent de Chemignac standing over her – Shauna wonders if the dashing aristocrat might be just the person to help her untangle this message from the past.
“A Gown of Thorns draws you into a richly evocative world steeped in secrets that will mesmerize fans of Rachel Hauck’s The Wedding Dress and Kristen Hannah’s The Nightingale” Fantastic Fiction