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The dress shop of dreams : a novel

by Praag, Menna van,

Format: Print Book 2014
Availability: Available at 14 Libraries 14 of 14 copies
Available (14)
Location Collection Call #
Baldwin Borough Library Fiction PRA
Location  Baldwin Borough Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  PRA
 
 
CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Praag
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks
 
Call Number  FICTION Praag
 
 
CLP - Squirrel Hill Fiction Collection FICTION Praag
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
 
Collection  Fiction Collection
 
Call Number  FICTION Praag
 
 
Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Fiction FIC PRAAG
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  FIC PRAAG
 
 
Monroeville Public Library Fiction PRAAG Menna
Location  Monroeville Public Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  PRAAG Menna
 
 
Moon Township Public Library Fiction SF F PRAAG Menna van
Location  Moon Township Public Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  SF F PRAAG Menna van
 
 
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Fiction PRAAG Menna Van
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  PRAAG Menna Van
 
 
Northern Tier Regional Library Fiction FIC PRAAG
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  FIC PRAAG
 
 
Northland Public Library Fiction FIC PRAAG
Location  Northland Public Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  FIC PRAAG
 
 
Penn Hills Library Fiction PRA
Location  Penn Hills Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  PRA
 
 
Pleasant Hills Public Library Adult Fiction Fic Praag
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
 
Collection  Adult Fiction
 
Call Number  Fic Praag
 
 
Robinson Library Fiction FIC PRAAG
Location  Robinson Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  FIC PRAAG
 
 
Shaler North Hills Library Fiction PRAAG pbk
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  PRAAG pbk
 
 
Whitehall Public Library Fiction Collection FIC Praag
Location  Whitehall Public Library
 
Collection  Fiction Collection
 
Call Number  FIC Praag
 
 
Summary
For fans of Alice Hoffman, Sarah Addison Allen, and Adriana Trigiani, The Dress Shop of Dreams is a captivating novel of enduring hopes, second chances, and the life-changing magic of true love.

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.

Praise for The Dress Shop of Dreams

"Reminiscent of Love Actually and P.S. I Love You, this cute little book is recommended to readers who want to be charmed by the possibilities of love." -- LibraryReads (Top Ten Pick)

"[Menna] van Praag has a deliciously innate capability to weave the totality of characters of The Dress Shop of Dreams into a compelling tale. Each character, from Cambridge to Oxford, augments and refines these dynamics. Ultimately, van Praag cracks the code that deciphers magical fate when it comes to couture and the complexities of love." -- New York Journal of Books

"[A] brightly colored fabulist confection . . . sure to delight those looking for a little fairy dust in their romance." -- Kirkus Reviews

" The Dress Shop of Dreams is a delightful blending of many love stories plus a tale of murder and suspense. Van Praag has a knack for balancing a large cast of engaging characters, and her references to beloved authors and historic scientists are enjoyable touchstones between doses of mystery and magic." -- Booklist

" The Dress Shop of Dreams is a light, sweet and shimmering confection, well worth a read." -- BookLoons

"Bighearted, beautiful, and brushed with magic, this novel celebrates life's moments of joy, possibility, and transformation. Menna van Praag's writing is bright with sparkles and lovely grace notes." --Susan Wiggs, bestselling author of The Beekeeper's Ball

" The Dress Shop of Dreams is a dream come true for lovers of romantic tales with a twist of fantasy. Utterly enchanting! Menna van Praag's imaginative, endearing characters will stay with you long after you close the book." --Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Wind

"Dresses, dreams, magic, and mystery swirl in this enchanting novel. The Dress Shop of Dreams is the book to read before turning off your bedside light." --Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of Nantucket Sisters

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Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "As a child, Cora Sparks hid her heart away after her parents died in a mysterious fire. Cora is now a grown scientist, and her logical mind never strays into the world of imagination and frivolity, avoiding love and the danger of being hurt. But her grandmother, Etta, having suffered her own share of youthful losses, longs to see Cora happily settled with Walter, Cora's childhood friend and lifelong admirer. With the help of a few magic stitches in her dress shop, Etta aims to endow Walter with the courage he needs to pursue Cora and to return to Cora the gift of emotion, but her handiwork also awakens the past and sends them all down a path of discovery that even Etta could not have foretold. The Dress Shop of Dreams is a delightful blending of many love stories plus a tale of murder and suspense. Van Praag has a knack for balancing a large cast of engaging characters, and her references to beloved authors and historic scientists are enjoyable touchstones between doses of mystery and magic.--Ophoff, Cortney Copyright 2014 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Reader's circle (Random House (Firm))
Subjects Women's clothing -- Fiction.
Women scientists -- Fiction.
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Love stories.
Publisher New York :2014
Edition Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks Original [edition].
Language English
Description viii, 326 pages ; 21 cm.
ISBN 9780804178983
0804178984
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