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Praise for Precious Things:

Precious Things is a sparkling, feminine narrative, highlighting that what is lost can also be found’  – Kirstie Clements, former Editor, Vogue Australia, and bestselling author of The Vogue Factor

‘A mesmerising and sublimely-told tale about how our stories and secrets outlive us, intertwined in the threads of our precious things.’ – Jacinta Tynan, Sky News presenter and author

‘An intricate mystery …. love, life and fashion entwine to create worlds that set the imagination alight’ – Julie Carroll, New Idea Magazine

‘The stories of the different women Doust imagines are so touching and poignant. I loved it.’  – Kristy Allen, Australian Women’s Weekly Magazine

‘Captivating, mesmerising and an absolute pleasure to read, Precious Things does not disappoint.’  – Dijanna Mulhearn, author Wardrobe 101

‘We are drawn in from start to end; this is a novel to get wonderfully lost in.’ – Pia Jane Bijkerk, stylist, blogger and author of My Heart Wanders and Paris Made By Hand

‘Wonderful storytelling – I was bewitched.’ – Charlotte Smith, bestselling author of Dreaming of Dior

As glittering as the beaded collar at its heart, Precious Things is a novel that weaves through the ages. Doust explores the lives of the women whose path the collar crosses, creating an intimate work on desire, marriage and family. Nullifying the need of your around the world trip, the story soars around the globe, touching down in modern day London… Doust’s narrative style will get all your sensory systems firing, and her characters recall aspects of the universal feminine archetypes’ – Yen Magazine

‘Precious Things charts the progress of a particular precious thing, a beaded collar handmade in 1891 for a wedding. From the late nineteenth century to present day, this delicate and beautiful object makes its way through time, passing from person to person.  This is a thoroughly enjoyable novel with many layers of story stretching across the century and the world. We visit Shanghai and Paris in the twenties, Rome in the fifties, Istanbul in the seventies, Normandy in the late nineteenth century and modern day London. My favourite part was Rome of the fifties. I want Kelly to write a full length novel about her Italian heroine. With Precious Things, first time novelist Kelly Doust has put many career novelists to shame with her expert handling of the many different threads. This is a novel to take on your next holiday.’ – Booktopia [see author interview: Kelly Doust answer’s Booktopia’s Ten Terrifying Questions]

‘Doust is to be commended for this pleasurable excursion into the world of fashion and objets d’art.’ – Sydney Morning Herald

Captivating’ – WriteNote reviews

‘An intriguing and mysterious narrative’ – Beauty & Lace [see author interview]

Beautifully detailed and intricately layered, Kelly’s writing has such a gentle cadence to it that it’s not a book to be picked up lightly and read in one sitting … it’s one to read slowly and savour as she transports you back and forth in time to exotic destinations which are evocatively described and vividly painted.’ – Book Muster Down Under

‘If you’re a fan of Kate Morton, historical fiction, vintage items and dual timelines, then Precious things is for you’ – Carpe Librum

‘A delightful mix of modern times and times past’ – Starts at 60

‘A complex but fabulous fabric trail, traversing at least five eras to trace the original owner. In this decadent passing of the baton, it goes from the deft fingers of 1891 French seamstress Aimée onto the head of 1926 Prague trapeze artiste Lexi, to be the only dress of nude artist’s muse Bella in Rome circa 1953, to fall at the feet of Shanghai girl Zephyr in 1967. The lucky charm, whether worn as collar, choker or crown, has a hidden message inside. And this colourful cast is one big family tree.’ –  Australian Women’s Weekly Magazine

‘Rich characters and enthralling storylines that are far removed from the humdrum of Maggie’s life and her newfound fascination. But as her life spirals out of control, there is a premise that the collar is somehow responsible. Precious Things is not Doust’s first book, but it is her first novel. Her previous books focused on vintage fashion and handcrafted treasures, and these are related themes in this novel. On a deeper level it’s about relationships, particularly between mothers and daughters, and women’s rights.’  Courier Mail

‘Um, so I possibly loved this way more than I should have, and definitely way more than expected … right from the beginning I was hooked. I wanted to know what will happen to Maggie’s job, her marriage and her relationship with her parents; I wanted to know Stella’s story; and I wanted to know what happened to all the women into whose lives the coronet entered. This book was beautifully written and downright enchanting. Every character had a story and each story connected and drew me in to the point that I couldn’t put the book down until I found out all their endings. Precious Things intertwined contemporary and historical, and ordinary and mysterious, in a perfect balance.’ – Milana, Goodreads

‘This is a rather remarkable read. It is subtle; the individual sub stories/chapters are personal and intimate and slowly draw you into to the overarching story – of Maggie’s life and her daily struggles juggling paid work, motherhood and relationships. I found Kelly Doust’s writing to be intelligent and her observations of relationships and family to be insightful and honest. The more I read of this novel the more invested I was in Maggie’s life, the more I found myself agreeing with her observations. This was not the story I thought I would be reading – I admit to assuming that this would be a light and unassuming read – it was the opposite; intelligent, engaging, and brilliantly observational of women’s lives and rights at various points in history; all individual stories connected by their relationship to one piece of extraordinary cloth – very well plotted and visually stunning, intelligently written, 5 stars from me!’  –  Reading Writing and Riesling