By Her Own Design by Piper Huguley – All about historical fiction

Not too long ago, I had the distinct pleasure of studying an early copy of Piper Huguley’s newest novel By Her Personal Design. Piper Huguley writes historic fiction that includes African American characters and on this new story she brings us the exceptional lifetime of Ann Lowe, a Black lady and granddaughter of slaves, who rose above private struggles and racial prejudice to design and create certainly one of America’s most well-known marriage ceremony clothes of all time for Jackie Kennedy.

The novel begins in 1953 when designer Ann Lowe discovers {that a} pipe has burst in her stitching studio and ruined Jacqueline Bouvier’s – quickly to be Kennedy – marriage ceremony gown together with the clothes of the bridesmaids. With one week left earlier than the marriage, Ann, her sister Sallie, and a bunch of proficient seamstresses set to work to beat this catastrophe.

This second, this disaster, represented the ruination of my life.

Ann Lowe in By Her Personal Design

Piper then takes us again in time to Ann’s early childhood when she discovered to stitch from her mom and grandmother, a former slave. Stitching is within the household DNA and early on, Ann experiments by making flowers out of cloth to connect to the clothes her mom and grandmother make. These material flowers set Ann aside and assist to launch her profession.

My grandma, Georgia Cole, advised me the important thing to surviving on this planet is to get you some good white individuals.

By Ann and her household, we’re immersed within the lives of poor Black People throughout the early to mid twentieth century, the restrictions imposed on them, the salvation of household ties, the small glimmers of hope, and the darkness of hopes dashed.

After I let you know these items, it’s on your personal security. We don’t put on no crimson in white individuals’s properties. Placed on the navy blue like I advised you.

By Her Personal Design is the triumph of a girl whose expertise and willpower challenged a system that was meant to maintain Black People of their place. Piper Huguley’s characters are superbly rendered, the dialogue sparkles, the pacing is excellent as is the weaving collectively of the completely different timelines in Ann Lowe’s life. You’ll actually be transported in time and place.

And what about Jackie Kennedy’s marriage ceremony gown? Effectively, you’ll must learn By Her Personal Design to be taught what occurs. Belief me, it’s an exquisite learn!

By Her Personal Design is obtainable for pre-order and can launch on June seventh.

You’ll be able to learn an interview with Piper Huguley right here.


M.Okay. Tod writes historic fiction. Her newest novel, PARIS IN RUINS, is obtainable on Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Kobo, and Barnes&Noble. An earlier novel, TIME AND REGRET was revealed by Lake Union. Mary’s different novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED can be found from AmazonNookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She will be contacted on FbTwitter and Goodreads or on her web site

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