Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Secret Life of Dresses Review and GIVEAWAY

The Secret Lives of DressesThe 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?

My Take:  This is a fun, sweet read.  Dora lacks direction then finds a purpose when she discovers Mimi's "secrets lives" for dresses.  The first secret life is revealed at the end which wraps it all up very nicely.  Dora and Conrad are likable characters.  Camille, Dora's auntie is irritating and the perfect antagonist.

Hatchette Book Group is offering a copy to one lucky reader!  Wahoo!

U.S. and Canada Only
No P.O. Boxes
One copy per household

Now go put on your best dress with matching hat and gloves and fill out this form.


Tribute Books Mama said...

Sounds like a fun read, thanks! for sharing

Michele said...

Thanks for the giveaway - it does sound like a fun read!

YWLiang said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Love the review, it makes me wish I had a copy of it in my hands right now!

My name means Wisdom said...

Great review and thanks for the giveaway. I added a link to it on my book giveaway linkup at The Opening Lines.

CountessLaurie said...

Just so you know - I did not get dressed up prior to completing the form.

I believe in full disclosure.

Jennette Fulda said...

I've always enjoyed Erin's "Dress a Day" blog, so I'm delighted to find out she has a book, too!

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Enjoyed your review--the book seems to be a good read.

Tracy :)

nicole / Twitter: BTHM1 said...

sounds fun- thanks!

Gwendolyn B. said...

This is on my wish list! It really sounds llike fun and I'm glad to know you enjoyed it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!