The Dress Shop of DreamsThe Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna van Praag
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I got a free ARC of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.

As a lover and fan of magic realism, I have to say that I loved this book. The concept of a magical dress shop where your dreams can become true is a wonderful one and I just loved it. Also, the relation between the different characters is a very well developed one, and I am a sucker for novels in which letters have a huge importance.

Etta is the owner of a very special dress shop, where she discovers people’s dreams and needs, and helps them to fulfil them with her very special red thread. Etta wants her cold granddaughter Cora to be happy, but she hasn’t managed to feel any warmth towards people since her parents died in mysterious circumstances. When Etta discovers that Walt, the young man who owns the bookstore across the street, is in love with Cora since they were kids, she will try to help. However, her help will bring unexpected events and consequences. Will Cora be able to love? Will Walt achieve his dream? What happened to Cora’s parents? Will Etta find her own happiness after fifty years?

Set in the incredibly beautiful cities of Cambridge and Oxford, this story will keep you turning the pages. It is magical like that. The characters are interesting, the plot has been well thought and planned, and you will just want to know what will happen to Cora and Walt, as well as discover what happened when Cora was just a kid. Will the mysteries get solved? You will have to read this gem of a book.