I am reeling. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang is such an amazing and lovely story! I wanted to read this book from the moment I first laid eyes on it. The cover was gorgeous, the plot enticing, and the excitement I felt at getting my hands on a copy before I’d even read it was immense. And I am so glad to say, this book did not disappoint!
The book opens with a dressmaker’s shop and a rather snooty rich woman demanding a gown for her clearly unimpressed daughter. Cue apprentice dressmaker, Frances, who is instructed to complete the request and remains at the workshop all night in order to do so. The dress, certainly not what the mother wanted, but thoroughly pleasing to the daughter is worn at a very public outing which the Prince is in attendance. And thus begins what starts out as the mutually beneficial relationship of the young Prince Sebastian and his personal dressmaker, Frances. She is able to work on her passion and receive much better pay than before and he is finally able to wear the clothing he has always wanted to, secretly showcasing himself in a way he had been unable to do before.
Until suddenly the relationship isn’t as mutually beneficial as it was in the beginning.
The Prince and the Dressmaker is a phenomenal read, one filled with so much emotion and growth that the story will steal your heart within moments of starting it. I simply could not get enough. I finished this book the day it arrived in the mail, unable to put it down for even a second. There’s just so much to love about this story, from the initial meeting of the two main characters all the way to the conflict and the ultimate climax of the novel. I was bombarded with emotion through every single scene, immersed in the world and utterly in love with the story.
Readers will certainly feel deeply attached to the two main characters as their hearts swell for the high moments and break for each character during their conflicts. There’s so much at stake for both of them, dreams and long held wishes achieved and at risk all at once. You find yourself wondering what will resolve the very prominent troubles that both characters find themselves dealing with, especially as they understand and care for the others’ struggles alongside their own.
I’m always amazed by how much I love graphic novels when I find ones with such impressive storytelling and this is one that everyone should be reading. It is, without question, one of the best books released in 2018. And I have a feeling it will definitely be within my top five.