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Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna Van Praag

There is more going on at the dress shop than just dreams.  There’s a little magic thrown in, too.  This is an imaginative telling of three love stories, all intertwined with each other.

Etta Sparks owns the dress shop where women come to look for beautiful dresses.  Each time a woman slips one on and looks in the mirror, she feels beautiful, powerful and able to do anything.

When she was five years old, Cora Carraway, Etta’s granddaughter, survived a tragic fire that took the lives of both of her parents. In an attempt to cope with this heartbreaking reality, Cora’s mind has suppressed her entire childhood spent with her parents, including the fire.  She works at Cambridge, dedicated to carrying on the work her parents had started.  She suspects they were close to discovering a plant that would feed millions around the world, but she can’t be sure because all their papers were destroyed in the fire.

Cora goes to work, visits her grandmother, and one other store next to the dress shop.  She has known the owner of the book shop since childhood.  She sees no romance in her future with Walt, but Etta disagrees and she vows to do something about it.

After Walt begins a part-time job reading novels over the local radio station, fan letters from women start piling up.  Walt is sure if they saw him in person, they would quickly retract their heartfelt words and stops reading them.  Dylan, the station manager, starts answering these love letters.  The trouble begins when he signs Walt’s name and not his own.

This novel is well written and never confusing, even though each love story has a lot of detail to it.  I loved the ending with its last little twists. 

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