A romantic novel with a touch of magic.
Meet Ella and her mother Fabbia Moreno who arrive in York, one cold January day, to set up their vintage dress shop.
The flamboyant Fabbia wants to sell beautiful dresses to nice people and move on from her difficult past. Ella just wants to fit in. But not everyone is on their side.
Will Fabbia overcome the prejudices she encounters? What’s the dark secret she’s hiding? And do the silk linings and concealed seams of her dresses contain real spells or is this all just ‘everyday magic’?
It’s a story about a mother and a daughter who have recently moved to York. There, Fabia opened a new vintage shop and her daughter started in a new school and they both have to make new friends with the locals.
In the beginning the people of York are a little sceptical of the new retail shop in the city but Fabia has an extra ordinary skill, choosing the right dress for each costumer and her talent doesn’t stay hidden for a long. Soon after the opening every woman in York had heard of Fabia’s magic skills and her little vintage shop is always full of customers.
While she is busy making new dresses she is trying not to think about her past. Unfortunately no one can escape from it and she is no different. It looks like it is after her, no matter how many times she has moved to different cities it’s always being following her.
This book reminds me of Chocolate by Joan Harris. It’s magical and Fabia is representing Vianne in many ways. She has a passion for fashion (Vianne for chocolate) and with a bit of a magic no one can resist having a glamorous dress or item made for her (the same way people can’t stay away from the chocolate shop). If you like Chocolate you would like The Dress too.