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How to embrace your truth and live an authentic life

Cover of The Prince and the Dressma
A review of The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Prince Sebastian has a secret.  He likes to wear dresses.  Frances is his talented dressmaker and best friend and one of only two people who know his truth. 

Prince Sebastian brings Frances to work with him as the Royal Seamstress after admiring her audacious designs at a boring fête.  Frances flourishes as Prince Sebastian's designer and dressmaker.  She's had a vision for herself since she was a small girl admiring the costumes of a famous ballet and her relationship with Prince Sebastian allows her the freedom to be able to design and blossom into a true artist.  Frances creates magnificent designs for the Prince dressing as "Lady Crystallia."  Soon Lady Crystallia and her unidentified dressmaker are widely known for their couture.  But too many people know Frances as the Prince's seamstress and he's not ready for the world to know Lady Crystallia's true identity because then they will uncover his.

If Prince Sebastian hides the fact that he is Lady Crystallia, then he is hiding Frances and her remarkable talent.  How will the Prince reconcile his secret reality with someone else's dreams?  Will Frances be able to grow and develop herself if she's kept a secret, too?  The conclusion is positive and unexpected.

The narrative, imagery and inclusivity make The Prince and the Dressmaker a standout for discussion.  It's also a hopeful story of acceptance and friendship.

May 31, 2018