Hey, guess what? Dresses!!

The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna van Praag
3 words:
magical realism, sprightly, happy
Well, this
thing is pure delight. It’s the book version of a cappuccino: light, frothy,
energetic, and pleasant.
It’s
chick lit for grown-ups, filled with likeable characters and near-misses and
happy endings.
The main
character, Cora, is a practical-minded scientist who fails to recognize that Walt,
the mild-mannered bookshop owner she’s known since they were children, is in
love with her.
Cora’s
grandmother, Etta, owns a dress shop and has the power to sew dresses that make
women’s wishes come true. Only sometimes the wishes take a stray turn, and then
we get ourselves a fine little story.
The
stories of the four sets of couples intertwine nicely, and their path is a
twisty, winding one that is enjoyable to walk.
This
book reminded me pleasantly of:
 

The Secret Lives of Dresses by Erin McKean — because both are
chick lit with a dress shop setting and the connection between granddaughter
and grandmother
A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff — also because
of the British-chick-lit-in-the-dress-shop thing
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen — because
both are romantic magical realism novels
Also: pairs well with a cappuccino. 

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