5 STAR REVIEW: The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna Van Praag

dress shop


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

My Review 

I received an Advanced Readers Copy from  Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine via NetGalley for an honest review. Thank you very much

I LOVED this book and I adored the idea of sewing magic into dresses in fact I found it very very inspiring. This book has everything, magic, love stories (4 in total) and a crime to be solved which kept me guessing right to the very end. It had so many twists and turns along the way. This book is a definite page turner and will keep you up into the small hours of the morning because you just cannot put it down. Also Walt is very good Book boyfriend material 🙂 a guy who owns a book shop what more can you want 🙂

So if you are a fan of Sarah Addison Allen I urge you to get this book and even if you are not a fan of magical realism stories you will not be disappointed as this book has everything.

Happy Reading

5 of 5 stars

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