I received a copy of The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna van Praag in exchange for an honest review.
Etta owns a dress shop on a quaint street in Cambridge, she believes in magic and has the ability to guide the people who visit her shop into finding the strengths they lack to make their dreams come true. She is the only family her granddaughter, Cora has. Cora has spent her entire adult life following her parents’ dream to make a difference in the world. Walt the boy who grew up next door to Cora has been in love with her since childhood, but Cora has never noticed since she’s put everything she has into making her parents’ dream come true. This was a very sad and emotional book at some points, we see Cora struggling to move on from her parents’ death and even though she has all the love from her grandmother, she will only allow herself to feel love as far as her comfort would allow, which means her grandmother will have all the love that Cora has to give, because of fear of loss. One day, Cora’s grandmother shares some suspicions regarding her parents’ death, along with a bit of magic, and Cora’s world is turned on it’s head, then she can’t let go until she knows the truth, as it should be. Then she starts seeing the people around her in a new light and long buried emotions start to surface. This was an engrossing story with a very unexpected ending, in all a good read.