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Review: The Pink Suit

May 8, 2015

The Pink Suit

Everyone who remembers the assassination of John F. Kennedy cannot forget the image of Jacqueline in the pink suit she was wearing that day.  It’s become an iconic symbol of the Kennedys’ love and the nation’s grief.  Nicole Mary Kelby imagines the women who created that suit in her historical fiction novel, The Pink Suit.

Kate works for Chez Ninon, a dressmaking firm that creates knock-offs of designs from fashion greats like Coco Chanel.  Kate loves the work and is meticulous so she is often assigned important jobs for clients like “the Wife,” including the infamous suit the book is named for.

When I picked up The Pink Suit, I thought it was about Jacqueline Kennedy and her husband’s assassination so I was a little disappointed to discover that it’s actually about the suit The First Lady wore that fateful day.  The book goes into detail about the construction of the suit and how complicated it was to work with Jacqueline Kennedy.  Kennedy is never actually named in the book – she’s always referred to as “the Wife” or “the First Lady” and I found that a little irritating.  Kate was a likeable character – hard working and sincere – but I would have liked to have seen her developed a little better.

Overall, this was an okay read for me.  The writing and story were fine – I’m just not that interested in fashion.  I do think that those who like fashion and/or historical fiction will enjoy it more than I did.

Review copy provided by Hachette Books. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. May 8, 2015 7:22 am

    Love the cover, and like historical fiction more than fashion, but think I’ll pass on this one.

  2. May 8, 2015 7:56 am

    I’m not a big fashion fan either, so this one is probably not for me.

  3. May 8, 2015 9:34 am

    I’m not big on fashion or historical fiction, so I don’t think I’d like this much. Sorry it wasn’t what you expected.

  4. May 8, 2015 1:28 pm

    Kathy, thanks for sharing your thoughts about this book. It sounds like it may have been a bit “technical” with regard to fashion.

  5. May 8, 2015 3:05 pm

    Oh, it’s disappointing to imagine a story of the iconic suit without more of a mention of Jackie….thanks for sharing.

  6. May 8, 2015 3:19 pm

    I would also be irritated by the name avoidance!

  7. May 8, 2015 3:52 pm

    Oh, I’m sad. When I first saw this cover, I thought it would be about Jackie. Nope, not so much about the fashion – me that is. Thanks for giving us a birdseye view of your reading, Kathy!

  8. May 8, 2015 10:33 pm

    This has been on my list, but I did know that it was all about the suit. I didn’t know Jackie wasn’t actually mentioned though. That is odd, but maybe the author didn’t have permission or something odd like that. I love fashion and history so I’ll still keep it on my list….someday!

  9. Patty permalink
    May 8, 2015 10:45 pm

    Hmmm…not sure this one is for me…dressmaking details might put me to sleep!

  10. May 9, 2015 4:32 am

    Not the book for me

  11. May 9, 2015 8:15 pm

    How can the book be about that suit and Jackie isn’t even mentioned by name?! Not for me , but I do love that cover!

  12. May 10, 2015 12:02 pm

    Sounds like a fabulous idea for a book. It sounds like it could have been executed better and given more depth.

  13. May 11, 2015 9:55 am

    Sounds like an interesting idea that need slightly better execution, but it is intriguing.

  14. Literary Feline permalink
    May 11, 2015 1:32 pm

    I do enjoy historical fiction, but not so much fashion. I don’t know that this is a book I would pick up on my own, but the premise, at least, sounds interesting. I’m sorry it didn’t work better for you, Kathy.

  15. bookingmama permalink
    May 12, 2015 7:23 am

    I might enjoy this one more than you – not sure though. I might have similar feelings about character development.

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