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.
(Story synopsis and cover image from goodreads.com)
Over the Forth of July weekend I had the pleasure of reading The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna Van Praag, a novel I found through my Overdrive app that is linked to my library card. (It’s an awesome way too read ebooks using your library card if you have one.) I stumbled across The Dress Shop of Dreams under the section of books recommended by librarians, so I reserved a copy for when it became available. I was intrigued by this story that combined magical realism while exploring how the decisions we make affect more than just ourselves. Continue reading