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The Secret Lives of Dresses

Erin Mckean

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Stunning women's fiction that reaches out to the fashion conscious with a tale of vintage frocks and new love.

'Every dress has a story. Let me tell you mine...'

Dora is in love with a man who barely notices her, has a job she doesn't care about, and dresses entirely for comfort, not style. All a far cry from her vivid, eccentric childhood, growing up with her beloved grandmother Mimi.

However, when disaster strikes, Dora knows she has no choice but to return to her childhood home and take over running Mimi's vintage clothing shop. And there she makes a surprising discovery - Mimi's been writing stories to accompany every dress she sells. Romantic, heartbreaking tales about each one's secret life before it got to her shop...

Dora starts to matchmake these lonely frocks with new owners, but will the stories help her as well Trading her boring high street clothes for vintage glamour is one thing. What she needs to know is whether she can trade her safe old life - and love - for something better too.

A captivating and enchanting novel for every girl who knows that the right dress can change your life. By the author of the popular blog

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Praise for The Secret Lives of Dresses

  • Like a '50s cocktail dress this book is comfortable, well executed and blessed with an understated glamour. - Australian Women's Weekly

  • What follows is a fairytale, including wicked relatives and a charming young man (no prince). The stories about dresses form a motif and a theme. McKean shows she can construct a novel. - Sunday Age

  • A highly entertaining story... Told with a deft charm, The Secret Lives of Dresses has its particular market nicely sewn up. - The Age

  • Frockaholics will love this sweet tale. - Grazia

  • Set against a backdrop of vintage fashion, this is a heart warming novel. - Who Magazine

  • Ever slipped into a vintage dress and wondered who wore it first? Then you'll adore The Secret Lives of Dresses. Penned by US fashion blogger Erin McKean, it follows Dora, who takes over her gran's clothes shop and finds that in the pocket of every dress lies a history. - Look

  • Love a romance? Love fashion? You'll lap up this cute tale of a woman who looks after her grandmother's shop and discovers all sorts of life secrets in the pocket of a dress. - Heat

  • A lovingly stitched tale - Now

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Erin Mckean

Erin McKean runs one of the most popular vintage fashion websites in the US Writing and words are her passions and indeed her day job, as one of America's most eminent lexicographers. THE SECRET LIVES OF DRESSES is her debut novel.

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