Quick Review: The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna van Praag

21855279 The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna van Praag

**This review is based on an ARC from Netgalley that was released on 12/30/14.

This is not an author that I have ever read, but the synopsis on Netgalley drew me in and I thought it looked interesting. Though it fell into the Women’s Fiction category for me, there is a bit of magic (you have to believe!) involved, but not in a cheesy or fake way.  This is the story of Cora and her grandmother, Etta, who owns a magical dress shop.  When a woman enters her shop, she can always find a way to make them feel a lot more confident and happy with a quick magical stitch.  She is intent on helping her granddaughter, Cora, realize her true feelings for a neighborhood friend, Walt, and uses her magic to help the feelings along.  In the process, a lot more emotions and mysteries and brought to the surface than expected.  Though I found myself a bit frustrated and just wanted Cora and Walt to be together already, the story wouldn’t have been complete without all the other “drama” that happened.  This is a fun, easy read that doesn’t require too much thinking or analyzing….definite recommendation for my friends/family, but will probably not purchase for my high school library. It made me think of a fairy tale and that’s always a good thing in my eyes!

My rating: 3/5

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