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Reviews & Praise

  • The Runaway Wife
  • The Dressmaker

"Birkelund is a masterful crafter of words; carefully weaving her story pulling the reader in and not letting go for days long after the book has been read. Her use of dialog is wonderful and light. Her characters are familiar to her readers as each one has some characteristic or flaw we see in our friends and family. Birkelund's story is clever and polished. I recommend this to anyone who loves adventure with a dash of romance. Beware though—once you begin, you will not put the book down until the end." WordsaPlenty

"Ladies and gents, grab your climbing gear and bundle up, or if you're in the 100+ degree heat like I am, you might keep your warm weather clothes on an utilize the full power of your imagination." Insatiable Readers

"Light, airy and a little magical (kind of like a fairy tale or dream). The beautiful backdrop location of the Alps lent a nice place for this story and helped to add to the magic. It was like I was there with Jim and Calliope." Cheryl's Book Nook

"Birkelund writes sensuous, myth-ridden prose, intensely alive to the natural world. She spins a tale here that feels both ancient and very new, and sets it in a landscape at once so dangerous and so beautiful that the story and the mountains seem to be part of each other." Beth Gutcheon, author of Gossip and Still Missing

"Elizabeth Birkelund is a graceful, intelligent writer, full of energy and wit, and I love the way she blends American and European themes." Roxana Robinson, author of Sparta

"In Birkelund's gorgeous prose, the mountains take on an astonishing glory and ferocity, a fitting background for Jim Olsen's poignant and compelling journey from sorrow to self-discovery." Lauren Belfer, author of A Fierce Radiance

"Racing from the breathtaking heights of the Swiss Alps to the heady power circles of Paris and New York, The Runaway Wife scales the peaks of human adventure and plumbs the depths of the human heart." Ellen Feldman, author of Terrible Virtue and Next to Love

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"[Birkelund]....injects an unexpected twist into the French fashion scene in her debut novel. ...as light and frothy as one of Claude's chiffon creations, yet it is also an engaging dissection of high fashion and those who determine its whimsical direction." Deborah Donovan for Booklist

"These two characters are drawn with great color, reflecting the stylish and variegated world of Parisian fashions and providing a textured backdrop for this subtle and well-crafted story." Library Journal

"[Birkelund] cleverly portrays Claude's entrée into high fashion.... Successfully creates the intrigue one wants for a wedding gown designer who falls in love with his client." Publishers Weekly

"One creates a relationship as carefully as one creates a wedding dress. The Dressmaker doesn't drop a stitch." Rita Mae Brown

"What a pleasure to watch Elizabeth Birkelund conjure up the world of French haute couture with effortless and playful ease and with the same ease spin her giddy plot. But what makes The Dressmaker so utterly irresistible is her hero, the ardent and pure hearted Claude. From first to last The Dressmaker is a delight." Margot Livesey, author of Banishing Verona

"We've read so much serious and interesting writing about food in fiction, and so little about the esthetic pleasures of couture, that Elizabeth Birkelund's novel shimmers with invention. Her imagination is amazingly tactile, visual and sensuous, a rare pleasure, her storytelling is moving and sure, and her characters as real as a morning espresso. The Dressmaker is a wonderful debut." Beth Gutcheon

About this book Buy online

"Birkelund is a masterful crafter of words; carefully weaving her story pulling the reader in and not letting go for days long after the book has been read. Her use of dialog is wonderful and light. Her characters are familiar to her readers as each one has some characteristic or flaw we see in our friends and family. Birkelund's story is clever and polished. I recommend this to anyone who loves adventure with a dash of romance. Beware though—once you begin, you will not put the book down until the end." WordsaPlenty

"Ladies and gents, grab your climbing gear and bundle up, or if you're in the 100+ degree heat like I am, you might keep your warm weather clothes on an utilize the full power of your imagination." Insatiable Readers

"Light, airy and a little magical (kind of like a fairy tale or dream). The beautiful backdrop location of the Alps lent a nice place for this story and helped to add to the magic. It was like I was there with Jim and Calliope." Cheryl's Book Nook

"Birkelund writes sensuous, myth-ridden prose, intensely alive to the natural world. She spins a tale here that feels both ancient and very new, and sets it in a landscape at once so dangerous and so beautiful that the story and the mountains seem to be part of each other." Beth Gutcheon, author of Gossip and Still Missing

"Elizabeth Birkelund is a graceful, intelligent writer, full of energy and wit, and I love the way she blends American and European themes." Roxana Robinson, author of Sparta

"In Birkelund's gorgeous prose, the mountains take on an astonishing glory and ferocity, a fitting background for Jim Olsen's poignant and compelling journey from sorrow to self-discovery." Lauren Belfer, author of A Fierce Radiance

"Racing from the breathtaking heights of the Swiss Alps to the heady power circles of Paris and New York, The Runaway Wife scales the peaks of human adventure and plumbs the depths of the human heart." Ellen Feldman, author of Terrible Virtue and Next to Love

"[Birkelund]....injects an unexpected twist into the French fashion scene in her debut novel. ...as light and frothy as one of Claude's chiffon creations, yet it is also an engaging dissection of high fashion and those who determine its whimsical direction." Deborah Donovan for Booklist

"These two characters are drawn with great color, reflecting the stylish and variegated world of Parisian fashions and providing a textured backdrop for this subtle and well-crafted story." Library Journal

"[Birkelund] cleverly portrays Claude's entrée into high fashion.... Successfully creates the intrigue one wants for a wedding gown designer who falls in love with his client." Publishers Weekly

"One creates a relationship as carefully as one creates a wedding dress. The Dressmaker doesn't drop a stitch." Rita Mae Brown

"What a pleasure to watch Elizabeth Birkelund conjure up the world of French haute couture with effortless and playful ease and with the same ease spin her giddy plot. But what makes The Dressmaker so utterly irresistible is her hero, the ardent and pure hearted Claude. From first to last The Dressmaker is a delight." Margot Livesey, author of Banishing Verona

"We've read so much serious and interesting writing about food in fiction, and so little about the esthetic pleasures of couture, that Elizabeth Birkelund's novel shimmers with invention. Her imagination is amazingly tactile, visual and sensuous, a rare pleasure, her storytelling is moving and sure, and her characters as real as a morning espresso. The Dressmaker is a wonderful debut." Beth Gutcheon