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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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.
The premise of a dress shop where each customer can find a special dress is lovely, and the owner of this enchanted shop, Etta, is the best character in the story. Too bad there wasn't more about the shop and less on all the secondary characters, who added little to the story. Narration was fine.
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I stumbled upon this delightful story during my husband's prolonged illness. It gave me many hours of pleasure. Many thanks to the author!
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!!
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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