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The Dress Shop of Dreams Audiobook

The Dress Shop of Dreams: A Novel

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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.

©2014 Menna van Praag (P)2014 Recorded Books

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    Robin 01-16-15
    Robin 01-16-15

    Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...

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    This book was so sweet, and well narrated. Not particularly deep, but doesn't sacrifice good writing for that charming simplicity found in so many books coming out of UK.

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    Leslie 03-16-15
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    I was pulled immediately & didn't want to put it down. The performance added immensely to the quaint fictional characters. I want another!

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    Melanie Loucks 03-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    ....start but very nice as it moves forward. Lovely ending! And well read, for sure!

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    alexis Richmond, CA, United States 03-16-15
    alexis Richmond, CA, United States 03-16-15 Member Since 2007

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    "Sweet magical story!"

    I stumbled upon this delightful story during my husband's prolonged illness. It gave me many hours of pleasure. Many thanks to the author!

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    "Charming"

    Lovely book. Preferred Menna's first book The House at the End of Hope St. But this was still charming. Be joyed the narrators voice.

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    "Good Story! Great Narrator!! with a little magic"

    A good story!! I liked the story. I don't think it lagged anywhere. My only complaint would be that the ending was pretty transparent--I had it figured out pretty early, but I still enjoyed getting there.
    The narration was awesome!!

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    Jessica H. Raefsky United States 10-27-15
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    Maybe I expected to much. While enjoyed The Dress Shop of Dreams, I enjoyed The House at the End of Hope Street more

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    great story of heart magic in a day to day setting. delightfully engaging. her other book is worthy too, the house at the end of hope st.

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