Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Secret Lives of Dresses by Erin McKean


Dora has always taken the path of least resistance. She went to the college that offered her a scholarship, is majoring in "vagueness studies," and wears whatever shows the least dirt. She falls into a job at the college coffee shop, and a crush on her flirty boss, Gary.

Just when she's about to test Gary's feelings, Mimi, the grandmother who raised her, suffers a stroke. Dora rushes back home to Forsyth, NC, and finds herself running her grandmother's vintage clothing store. The store has always been a fixture in Dora's life; though she grew up more of a jeans-and-sweatshirt kind of girl, before she even knew how to write, Mimi taught her that a vintage 1920s dress could lift a woman's spirit.

While working there, Dora befriends Mimi's adorable contractor, Conrad. Is he after Dora, or is working from a different blueprint? And why did Mimi start writing down--and giving away--stories of the dresses in her shop?

When Mimi dies, Dora can't get out of town fast enough and cedes control of the store to her money-hungry aunt who wants to turn it into a t-shirt shop for tourists. But ultimately, she returns to Forsyth, willing to battle whatever may stand in the way of her staying there. Dora can trade her boring clothes for vintage glamour, but can she trade her boring life for one she actually wants?

Guest Review by my Mom :)

This is a refreshingly sweet little story with some deep underlying principles for life. It is well written and will appeal to adult women of all ages. The heroine, Dora, struggles with the fact that her parents died when she was too young to have any conscious memories of them. The reader’s curiosity and Dora’s struggle is finally resolved near the end of the book. A good read that will hold your attention and reinforce strong family values.
* I was sent a free copy of this book to review *

1 comment:

Lambchop said...

I've always wondered about this book. I've seen it in the bookstores for a while now and it's never quite appealed to me. After reading your mom's review, I think I'll give it a go. Thanks! :)

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