The Costumier’s Gift

Why does a stranger hold the key to unlocking Katie’s family secrets?
Continuing the family sagas of 'Brigid The Girl from County Clare' and 'Gwenna the Welsh Confectioner'

1903 Jane is the talented principal costumier at Auckland’s Opera House in its Edwardian heyday. She thrives in this place where she can hide from her pain and keep her skeletons to herself – until the past comes back to haunt her. Brigid, her beloved foster mother, and her best friend Gwenna are anchors in her solitary yet rewarding life. As the decades go by, the burden of carrying secrets becomes too great, and Jane must pass on the hidden truths.

Today Katie seeks refuge from her crumbling personal life with her grandmother, who lives in past with the people in her cherished photographs. All too soon, Katie learns she must identify the people behind the gentle smiles – including the Edwardian woman to whom she bears a remarkable resemblance – and reveal generations of secrets before she can claim her inheritance. She meets the intriguing Jared, who stirs her interest, but she’s not ready for any sort of romance, so is shocked when she learns that he holds the key to discovering her past.


Author Vicky Adin has once again shown her mastery of the historical fiction genre. In The Costumier's Gift, Adin draws the reader into the world of theatrical costumes and life backstage, full of glamour, glitz and grease-paint.
The book is a layered experience, weaving present-day Katie's dilemma with that of her ancestor, the wonderful Jane. There  is also the drawing together of threads woven in past books that make this such a rich and entertaining read.
Jenny - ARC reader

A fascinating glimpse into New Zealand's history and the ties that bind families together.... "...when all the secrets are finally revealed in the past and present, both stories reach a deeply satisfying conclusion."
Bev - ARC reader

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About Vicky Adin

Vicky Adin is a genealogist in love with history and words, whose writing has been compared with that of Catherine Cookson.

After decades of research Vicky has combined her skills to weave family stories and history together in a way that brings the past to life.

Her latest novel The Costumier's Gift, is long-awaited dual-timeline sequel to the family sagas of Brigid The Girl from County Clare and Gwenna The Welsh Confectioner.

Vicky Adin holds a MA(Hons) in English and Education. She is an avid reader of historical novels, family sagas and contemporary women's stories, and enjoys travelling.

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