3 words: magical realism, sprightly, happy
Well, this thing is pure delight. It’s the book version of a cappuccino: light, frothy, energetic, and pleasant.
It’s chick lit for grown-ups, filled with likeable characters and near-misses and happy endings.
The main character, Cora, is a practical-minded scientist who fails to recognize that Walt, the mild-mannered bookshop owner she’s known since they were children, is in love with her.
Cora’s grandmother, Etta, owns a dress shop and has the power to sew dresses that make women’s wishes come true. Only sometimes the wishes take a stray turn, and then we get ourselves a fine little story.
The stories of the four sets of couples intertwine nicely, and their path is a twisty, winding one that is enjoyable to walk.
This book reminded me pleasantly of:
The Secret Lives of Dresses by Erin McKean -- because both are chick lit with a dress shop setting and the connection between granddaughter and grandmother
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen -- because both are romantic magical realism novels
Also: pairs well with a cappuccino.