Since her parents’ mysterious deaths many years ago, scientist Cora Sparks has spent her days in the safety of her university lab or at her grandmother Etta’s dress shop. Tucked away on a winding Cambridge street, Etta’s charming tiny store appears quite ordinary to passersby, but the colorfully vibrant racks of beaded silks, delicate laces, and jewel-toned velvets hold bewitching secrets: With just a few stitches from Etta’s needle, these gorgeous gowns have the power to free a woman’s deepest desires.
Etta’s dearest wish is to work her magic on her granddaughter. Cora’s studious, unromantic eye has overlooked Walt, the shy bookseller who has been in love with her forever. Determined not to allow Cora to miss her chance at happiness, Etta sews a tiny stitch into Walt’s collar, hoping to give him the courage to confess his feelings to Cora. But magic spells—like true love—can go awry. After Walt is spurred into action, Etta realizes she’s set in motion a series of astonishing events that will transform Cora’s life in extraordinary and unexpected ways.
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published December 30th 2014 by Ballantine Books
***I received a free copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***
The Dress Shop of Dreams is a sweet, whimsical, feel good read with a dash of magic and mystery that shows that if you have the courage to open your heart anything is possible. This was a nice and enjoyable read for me. All of the characters were likeable and well written, and while I can’t say that I fully bonded with any of the characters, I did find something appealing about all of them. Though Cora and her journey is the main focus of the book, we do get to meet other characters and see how one action can have a ripple effect and touch other peoples lives and possibly change them for the better. The various storylines were well written and I really wish that a shop like A Stitch in Time really did exist. My one small disappointment comes from the fact that while we come to understand that the red thread is magical, we are never told how it came to be so important, but as I said, it’s a small one because as this book shows, somethings you just need to accept as is and enjoy the ride.
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