This book was both cute and intriguing – I enjoyed it a lot. The story was good – Cora Sparks goes on a mission to discover the truth behind her parent’s mysterious deaths, leaving grandmother Etta and friend Walt to sort out their own lives in her absence.
The mix of cute love stories within the overall story was particularly pleasing – happy endings all round – but the best thing about The Dress Shop Of Dreams was probably that we got to know all the characters well individually and they all felt very real. Which is quite impressive considering that Etta has some sort of magical stitching power which is not all that realistic.
This definitely wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read, but the elements of magic within a believable real world and the personal growth each character undergoes was actually really great and a difficult achievement for any author. Hats off to Menna Van Praag for this one.