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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: 386 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: #4,676 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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28 of 28 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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29 of 32 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 22 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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7 of 8 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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4 of 4 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dress is an Enthralling book. January 31, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This Book is a story of story telling told well.
I am a seamstress and love how dress making and fashion is sewn thru the story.
It shows well the everyday magic of making clothing and how the right dress or attitude or word
can affect a persons whole life. & how the caring of one little shop can revive a whole village.

It portrays well the dilemmas faced by moving to somewhere new and learning
how to interface what you are with what you are becoming.

It is not limited to the growth of a girl thru adolescence but includes her mothers
learning of coming to grips with her past and not being afraid to be her self as well.
One comes of age the other becomes fully herself shedding her fears.

I love the book and found it inspiring and wonder what words I will
incorporate in my next sewing project.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magical Read December 30, 2012
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I chose four stars because this book caught me in its magic from the very beginning. The story is intriguing and gives you s feeling of magic in its words.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I really enjoy the books by this author.
Published 2 months ago by JLD
2.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but unresolved
This is a fun, sweet story with little clear plot and character development. Mysteries were left unsolved, secrets were kept, and decisions were unexplained. Read more
Published 3 months ago by CM
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite.
I had a hard time getting in to it, but it did get better. I prefer a book that keeps my attention.
Published 3 months ago by Darlene Decklever
3.0 out of 5 stars just "eh"
To be honest, I skimmed most of the book. While some of the story was interesting, I felt like the "magic" talks about in the book was added just to give some fluff.
Published 4 months ago by LME
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic novel😍
The author weaves beautiful word pictures. The characters are fascinating. There is a dream like quality to the story. Fantastic!
Published 4 months ago by Hannah Gittel
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
The author combines the love of haute couture with a fascinating story of a mother- daughter bond and the struggles of the teenage years.
Published 5 months ago by Mary J. Saras
3.0 out of 5 stars Good concept
My Review: This was a enjoyable read. I loved the touches of mystic that Fabbia weaves into her life. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Voracious Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching
A sweet story about a mother and daughter and their relationship. The difficulties of fitting in and the stereotypes and prejudices our society and others face. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rita M. Haberstumpf
3.0 out of 5 stars we'll constructed story
I enjoyed this story. We'll written and thoughtful, I liked the analogies between life love and making clothes, I recommend the book,
Published 7 months ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow to start but excellent read!
I enjoyed this book immensely. Love how the chapters are all tied together through the references to vintage clothing. A very charming tale!
Published 7 months ago by Linda Vich
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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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