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The Dress Shop of Dreams: A Novel (edição 2014)

por Menna van Praag

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"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. Advance praise for The Dress Shop of Dreams "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 Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader's Circle for author chats and more"--"Etta Sparks's cozy dress shop, tucked away at the end of a winding Cambridge road, is a magical place - anyone who steps inside the little blue door to glimpse the glorious silks and jewel-hued velvets can see they are someplace special. But only Etta knows the dresses she sells are actually magic - a few stitches from her needle and each gown imbues the wearer with the confidence to achieve whatever they set their mind too. The only two people the dresses don't seem to work on are Etta, still nursing a heart broken 40 years ago, and her granddaughter Cora, who dedicated her life to science after her brilliant inventor parents died in a mysterious fire and doesn't have time for things like magic or love. Determined to help Cora find happiness, Etta sews her magic stitch onto the shirt of Walter, the shy young man who works at the bookstore next door and has been in love with Cora for years. When she does, Etta sets in motion a surprising series of events, uncovering a lifetime of secrets that will change her granddaughter's mind about love -- and maybe even bring back something Etta thought she had lost forever"--… (mais)
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Título:The Dress Shop of Dreams: A Novel
Autores:Menna van Praag
Informação:Ballantine Books (2014), Paperback, 336 pages
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Loved it! Reminded me of the subtle, everyday magic in Sarah Addison Allen's books. ( )
  LydiaFaith | Aug 28, 2020 |
I am not going to lie. I was initially hesitant to start this book because I was worried that the character of Cora's investigation of her parents deaths was going to turn this book into a hybrid of magical realism/mystery thriller. I do think at times the book got pretty close to that edge, but the magical realism angle pulled through and in the end I found this book to be a really great read.

There are a myriad of characters in this book but I promise you that you can follow each character and their individual plot lines. Besides Cora an her grandmother Etta, you have several other characters.

Walt, the owner of a bookstore that Cora frequents and her childhood best friend.

Dylan, who works as a producer on a radio show.

Milly Bradley, who is still recovering from the loss of her husband ten years after he has passed away.

Detective Henry Dixon who is still trying to put his life back together after his wife left him.

I would also say that the shop itself is its own character, changing the silk on the walls depending on the season, just knowing what music to play for when a woman or a man enters the doors. I loved everything about the shop and just wished a place like this really did exist.

I think that if you are a book lover you are really going to love this book. Besides the dress shop, Walt's bookstore plays an important part in this story, along with several books that come into play.

I also like that though Etta does have the power to provide each woman that walks into her shop a way to realize her dreams, she has a blind spot when it comes to herself.

The writing to me at times was lyrical and evoked different emotions and feelings in me as I read it. This really did remind me of the best of Alice Hoffman and Sarah Addison Allen's books. I still re-read Alice Hoffman's The Red Garden every year because that book just makes me feel awe, sadness, hope, love, everything all at once when you start reading the tales that make up the story of the fictional town of Blackwell, Massachusetts.

I can say that I have become a fan of magical realism books and books like these have become one of my favorite genres to read. I plan on going back and trying to read Menna va Praag's older books.

I read the synopsis of The House at the End of Hope Street and promptly bought that book.

For those that are interested here it is:

When Alba Ashby, the youngest Ph.D. student at Cambridge University, suffers the Worst Event of Her Life, she finds herself at the door of 11 Hope Street. There, a beautiful older woman named Peggy invites Alba to stay on the house’s unusual conditions: she’ll have ninety-nine nights, and no more, to turn her life around.

Once inside, Alba discovers that 11 Hope Street is no ordinary house. Past residents include Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Parker, and Agatha Christie, who all stayed there at hopeless times in their lives and who still hang around—quite literally—in talking portraits on the walls. With their help Alba begins to piece her life back together and embarks on a journey that may save her life. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Started out slow and I almost put it down because it wasn't holding my attention well. Picked up the pace in fairly far-fetched fashion, but ultimately entertaining. ( )
  bethbordenk | Mar 6, 2020 |
The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna Van Pragg is a romance that uses elements of magical realism to weave a spell on people who are badly in need of love. Etta, the owner of a small but enchanting dress shop supplies the magic. She believes in happy endings and only needs to place a few special stitches in order to help people find theirs. First and foremost is her granddaughter, Cora, who has totally locked down her personality since the death of her parents and spends most of her time in her science lab while her friend, shy bookstore owner, Walt settles for loving Cora from afar.

At first I thought this was a story about Cora and how she finds romance, but Cora is just one of the many characters that Etta has a hand in helping. Sometimes Etta’s magic meddling doesn’t go exactly as planned, but that is a big part of the charm of this story. Unfortunately, with so many characters to root for, the story seemed a little watered down. Another quibble was that I would have liked more time to have been spent on the how and whys of the dress shop and how Etta discovered her particular talents.

The Dress Shop of Dreams is a combination of mystery, romance and magic. It is a whimsical and light read that was perhaps a little too fanciful for me, but I expect those who love both romances and magical realism will enjoy this book immensely. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Mar 7, 2019 |
I loved it!

A magical dress shop (or, more accurately a magic dress store owner), a book store next door with the best cherry pie ever, a case of unrequited love (maybe more than one), a long lost love and a healthy dose of family secrets and mysteries...what's not to love :) ( )
  Mishale1 | Dec 29, 2018 |
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"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. Advance praise for The Dress Shop of Dreams "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 Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader's Circle for author chats and more"--"Etta Sparks's cozy dress shop, tucked away at the end of a winding Cambridge road, is a magical place - anyone who steps inside the little blue door to glimpse the glorious silks and jewel-hued velvets can see they are someplace special. But only Etta knows the dresses she sells are actually magic - a few stitches from her needle and each gown imbues the wearer with the confidence to achieve whatever they set their mind too. The only two people the dresses don't seem to work on are Etta, still nursing a heart broken 40 years ago, and her granddaughter Cora, who dedicated her life to science after her brilliant inventor parents died in a mysterious fire and doesn't have time for things like magic or love. Determined to help Cora find happiness, Etta sews her magic stitch onto the shirt of Walter, the shy young man who works at the bookstore next door and has been in love with Cora for years. When she does, Etta sets in motion a surprising series of events, uncovering a lifetime of secrets that will change her granddaughter's mind about love -- and maybe even bring back something Etta thought she had lost forever"--

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