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The Dress (Everyday Magic Trilogy: Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sophie Nicholls
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Book Description

The Amazon Kindle UK Top 5 Bestseller
Sumptuous vintage fashions, a very modern love story and a sprinkling of 'everyday magic.' The owner of York's new vintage dress shop is not quite what she seems...
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'?

Among the leopard-print shoes, tea-gowns and costume jewellery in Fabbia's shop are many different stories - and the story of one particular dress. 
This is a full-length novel for lovers of vintage and readers of contemporary romance/fantasy.

Also by Sophie Nicholls and available in all Kindle stores:
THE DREAM - Book Two in the Everyday Magic Trilogy.
THE GLASS, Book Three in the Everyday Magic Trilogy.
37 PHOTOGRAPHS - A modern romance set in Edinburgh and Rome.

Editorial Reviews


The Amazon Kindle UK Top 5 Bestseller
'This is an unashamedly romantic novel - romantic in the best sense - not really a love story, but a novel that has a deep belief in the intrinsic goodness of individuals...'

From the Author

Book One in the Everyday Magic series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 584 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Ruby Slippers Publishing (September 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,033 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy, Quick Light-hearted read March 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bough this book for 99c on the kindle store and it was the perfect book to read while on holidays.
If i had been reading it in my normal everyday life I would have like to see it go a bit more in depth in to their stories, but for a holiday it was easy to read.

I really enjoyed the stories from the "Old Country" and thought they were woven in well throughout the story and used to help the writer make her point.

The only slight criticism I would provide would be that it didn't read like it was set in 2010, at least my school life wasn't like that, although perhaps schools in England are different to Australia.

Overall it was a nice, easy, book that I would happily recommend for a light-hearted, quick read.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! December 4, 2011
By E-chan
Format:Kindle Edition
When I got this ebook from Ms Sophie (Librarything Giveaway), I was told that "there's a little surprise waiting for you in the pages of The Dress." Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed. In Chapter 10, a character Lady Eustacia Beddowes is introduced! How psyched was I? Very! My name is rare enough that it's hard to find it mentioned in a book. Plus, I become a "Lady".

But I'm sure no one is going to rush out and get it just because my name is there, so here's my hones opinion: even if my name didn't appear (sorry, very excited about this), I'd still love the book and recommend it to everyone.

The Dress has been compared to Chocolat, and there are similarities. But The Dress focuses on vintage clothing and has a slight feeling of magical realism to it, especially with the names like "Old Country" and sewing words into the clothes and of course, The Signals. It reminds me of a fairytale.

But if this is like a fairytale, it's more like their original versions rather than the cleaned-up, Disney ones: it's dark at times. The book isn't all sweetness and light, with not only Fabbia's secret but also with Jean Cushworth and her maliciousness. She reminds me of the evil queen, although I'm happy to see that Katrina, her daughter, has a happy ending.

The dual plots in this book: Ella and her bildunsroman journey with Fabbia (Ella's mom) and her secret (plus her blossoming romance with the Doctor) joins together very well. After all, they are one family unit. And at the right moments, short stories, such as that of the soulskin and La Llorona (The Weeping Woman) add to the sense of atmosphere in the book.

Although I'm really not into clothes, the descriptions of vintage clothing are really marvellous (though I know better than to try them on).
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lucky Choice December 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this book because it sounded as if it might be ok and also to be honest because of the price. I thought 'if I don't like it I've only wasted £1'. It was the best money that I've spent for a long time. The book was thoroughly enchanting and I quickly warmed to Ella and Fabbia. I was up reading this at 2 am trying to finish it and when I did I was sorry it had come to an end. If you want to try a new author then try this one.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dress October 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Three and 3/4 stars for this one.

Sophie Nicholls was kind enough to send me this book to read and review. Thank you Sophie!

The Dress starts out as a sweet, gentle story of a vibrant, exotic mum who opens a vintage dress shop, and her self-conscious teen-aged daughter - the new kid in town who is having trouble figuring out where she fits in. The first half of the story continues in this vein as we get to know Fabbia and Ella. Enjoyable reading.

About half way through things take a slightly darker turn and in the end we learn more of what has shaped the lives of Fabbia and Ella.

It reads as if it is a period piece yet it is set in modern day.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, honest, must-read chick lit October 22, 2011
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I never write reviews. I'm no good at them and tbh it's rare to find a book I wish would never end. So if I'm writing my first ever Amazon review about this book then it's clearly special. I'm not going to write any kind of plot description because this book needs discovering by itself, just like a great vintage store or outstanding coffee. Buy it, and get comfy when you start it because the world will drift gently away while you read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Every little thing she does is magic December 19, 2012
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Fabbio and Ella move to York to open a vintage clothing shop and infuse peoples lives with everyday magic. In the seams and linings of those remarkable garments is not only a story to tell but is also a little bit of magic to make just what you buy yours. Though there are many stories, one focuses in on this dress. Beautiful but seemingly hidden amoungst the more decandent flock. Metaphor for secrets and a past that one can not longer out run, or just a bit of a fairytale that crawls through your own head. Lifestyles of the rich and famous never seemed so intriguing, throw in so romance and you have the full tale...A beautifully written story and the first in a trilogy. Second on the the TBR list. Please let yourself fall in love with a little everyday magic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it December 6, 2012
By MrsKid
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Something different. Good story line. It kept you engrossed and surprised at the ending. It was about modern day, but seemed to fit any time period.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woven well November 18, 2012
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Ella and her mother, Fabbia, move to York to set up a dress shop and live upstairs. Fabbia has the gift of finding the perfect dresses for the women who come into her shop. She takes the vintage and engages the style, drawing everyone into the magic. Meanwhile, Ella wants to just fit in, to the background if possible. She makes friends with Billy very quickly, but female friends are tough on her. The story takes you through the ups and downs and struggles of being in yet another new place.

This is a wonderful little tale. I love the style of the writing, leaves enough hints for you to wonder but not enough to figure it all out. The author pulls you in to what is going on, and the character portrayal brings out very strong emotions towards all that are described. The stories of the Old Country are woven into the new lifestyle with ease and make it a pleasant read. Not too overwhelming to be off-putting, but just the right balance. An enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical realism from a woman's point of view.
A mother and daughter move to York to start a vintage dress shop and a new life. However, both hide secrets, including the mother's Iranian birth. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Johanna Haas
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read!
"...attach one story to another, one word to another. And that’s how I’ll make this beginning. Now that I’m so much older and a mother myself, I can see that what I’m making... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read.
Published 4 months ago by deborah m castellano
5.0 out of 5 stars Great weekend read
Loved this story. Well worth the time to read.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A tale woven into fabric and fashion and the lives of two women, mother and daughter. Lovely.
Published 5 months ago by Nona
1.0 out of 5 stars Reader
This book was so boring. Made myself finish it! Absolutely skipped over a lot of descriptive paragraphs. I do not recommend this book to readers.
Published 5 months ago by Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars Uh, well somewhat boring.
The end was good but it seemed to take forever to get there and find the point of writing all of these words. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Judy A. Makowski
3.0 out of 5 stars couldn't finish this one. Some might find the story ...
couldn't finish this one. Some might find the story entertaining, but it just lacked something that would have taken it to another level.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very enjoyable
Published 6 months ago by joyce montanari
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow
The book was slow all the way through. It picked up near the end. It's a trilogy, but I'm done with this one, no need to read the second or third
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Sophie Nicholls is the author of the Amazon bestselling novel, THE DRESS.

She lives in North Yorkshire in the North of England with her partner and young daughter.
She likes swimming outdoors and eating dark chocolate.

-THE DREAM - Book Two in the Everyday Magic Trilogy.
-THE GLASS - Book Three in the Everyday Magic Trilogy - featuring Fabbia and Ella Moreno and a liberal sprinkling of 'everyday magic.' AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW. RELEASE DATE: 26 SEP 2014-

- 37 Photographs - a contemporary romance set in Edinburgh and Rome with a transatlantic flavour.

You can find out more at Sophie's blog:
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