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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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So charmingly British!

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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Loved this book!

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

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Romance with mystical realism

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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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It was okay, not great

It’s very hard for me to review a book that was just okay. It was a sweet romance but I wish there had been more reminiscing about the dress shop. To me the characters loved the dress shop but the reminiscing was about their past and present relationships. Etta, the grandmother to Corra, owned it.

I was expecting when she spoke about her love for a man she had to let go of a long time ago, she would have brought about her sewing and why or how she got there. I understood the relationship and the bubble-gum romance, which was an infatuation between Walt and Corra. I understood why Milly started to love him and the hardships she had in her past. I understood Etta & Sebastian, which he was always mentioned as the ‘Saint’. But it seemed like there were excessive characters that kept my head spinning. The end was wonderful, don’t get me wrong. I just wasn’t crazy about it.

As far as the narration Jennifer had the perfect British for the characters, it just wasn’t enough.

Definitely would recommend but I give it 2.8 out of 5 stars.

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A slightly slow....<br />

....start but very nice as it moves forward. Lovely ending! And well read, for sure!

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  • Alexis
  • S.F. Bay Area, United States
  • 03-16-15

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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Wonderful!

I loved the author’s imagery. I could see all the colors and I felt immersed in her world. I could listen to this narrator all day.

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Wonderful, enchanting, highly recommend.

This story tells of fate and love by way of magical and romantic metaphor. Lovely!

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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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