The Dress Shop of Dreams

  • by Menna van Praag
  • Narrated by Jane Carr
  • 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Since her parents' mysterious deaths many years ago, scientist Cora Sparks has spent her days in the safety of her university lab or at her grandmother Etta's dress shop.
Tucked away on a winding Cambridge street, Etta's charming tiny store appears quite ordinary to passersby, but the colourfully vibrant racks of beaded silks, delicate laces and jewel-toned velvets hold bewitching secrets - with just a few stitches from Etta's needle, these gorgeous gowns have the power to free a woman's deepest desires....

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What the Critics Say

"Dresses, dreams, magic and mystery swirl in this enchanting novel. The Dress Shop of Dreams is the book to read before turning off your bedside light." (Nancy Thayer)
"Big-hearted, beautiful and brushed with magic, this novel celebrates life’s moments of joy, possibility and transformation. Menna van Praag’s writing is bright with sparkles and lovely grace notes." (Susan Wiggs)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Ghastly waste

Did the author ever meet a dedicated scientist? Did she ever try to count leaves on a plant? [Hint: what proportion of the leaves can you see?]
Take a totally unbelievable and unlikeable protagonist, put them in highly unlikely situations, and give them stilted dialogue.
Then add a narrator who makes an exhibition of her elocution...
No, I didn't finish the book. I only have so much time to waste. Wasting the money on it was bad enough!
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- Rosemary

Absorbing, gripping, enchanting

Mostly loved it and found it gripping. Well written except for the periodic lapses into cloying Mills and Boon style descriptions of attractive men. Narration brilliant 99% of the time.
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- Raewyn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-05-2016
  • Publisher: Lamplight Audio