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From the Back Cover
In 1946, Millie Middleton--the daughter of an Italian man and a Black woman--boarded a train and left Charleston to keep half of her heritage hidden. She carried with her two heirloom buttons and the dream of owning a dress store. She never expected to meet a charming train jumper who changed her life forever . . . and led her yet again to a heartbreaking choice about which heritage would define her future.
Now, together, Harper and Millie return to Charleston to find the man who may hold the answers they seek . . . and a chance at the dress shop they've both dreamed of. But it's not until all appears lost that they see the unexpected ways to mend what frayed between the seams.
"Clark makes a moving debut . . . . While faith elements are subtle, Millie often turns to God for fortitude when facing the difficult circumstances of her past and the obstacles to finally getting her dreams off the ground. Those who enjoy inspirational time-slip stories will want to check this out." --Publishers Weekly
"Clark opens her new Heirloom Secrets series against the backdrop of discrimination against interracial families and follows a family history anchored to an embroidered satchel and its contents. Alternating between 1946 and the present . . . . this tale traces the consequences of personal decisions through the textile arts, with Millie standing as a bridge between the two eras."--Booklist
"This book moves seamlessly between timelines, stitching together a story of love, hope, and courage amidst prejudice and loss, a story that is fastened with two butterfly buttons." --Historical Novels Review
Praise for The Dress Shop on King Street
"A rich, complex, and uplifting story of family lost and found that I won't soon forget. Highly recommended!"--COLLEEN COBLE, USA Today bestselling author of the Lavender Tide series and One Little Lie
"The Dress Shop on King Street is a novel that will sweetly tug you into a story line that flows seamlessly between two times, only to intertwine in beautiful ways. Page by page, secret by secret, moment by moment, a story is woven of love lost and found, hopes and dreams restored."--CARA PUTMAN, bestselling and award-winning author of Delayed Justice and Shadowed by Grace --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B087RSXQFW
- Publisher : Bethany House Publishers (December 1, 2020)
- Publication date : December 1, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 6048 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 367 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 076423790X
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #87,722 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Millie Middleton is the lynchpin of our story. She has lived as a white woman although her mother was black and her father was Italian. (Poignant: Her mama “held her darker forearm against Millie’s. ‘You see this? You’re luck, Millie.’ ‘Lucky?’ Because she didn’t quite belong anywhere? Black folks thought she was privileged, and white folks had to be tricked? Lucky when no one would accept her wholly, honestly, as one human being with two distinct parts of her heritage?”) Millie’s story is so beautiful, sad, scary that I sobbed at parts and wistfully sighed at others. The intersection of Millie’s story with Harper’s young life will keep you reading until the end. Millie’s and Harper’s hopes for their futures unknowingly coincide many years before we get to their Dress Shop. For those readers who like romance there are two very sweet albeit sometimes sad love stories: Millie and her train jumper, Franklin Pinckney along with Harper and Peter. Their interactions will give you warm-fuzzies.
I haven’t felt this way about a book since I read “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” many years ago. You must read the notes at the back of the book, ALL of them to get a sense of this story. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book through NetGalley and predict that this book will one day become a classic in Christian romantic literature.
"Harper, have you ever considered whether fear - rather than your dream - is what you're holding onto?"
Possibly. But wasn't that what her entire world had been surrounded by lately? . . . . the "possibly" that had suddenly and most cruelly morphed into impossibly? Her dreams had vanished, like the wisp of a cloud, beautiful and fluffy one moment and gone the next, driven by the winds of change and the storms of years that felt wasted. Fashion design had been her passion for so long that Harper Dupree didn't know who she was without it. . . . until she travels back to where it all began, or rather to the "who", the woman who brightened a little girl's days with sewing lessons in her kitchen.
Millie Middleton had so many secrets tucked under her red cloche that she could fill the shelves of a small library with their stories. So many dreams, so many possibilities, so many unexpected sacrifices, so many . . . . As a young woman, leaving the life she knew for one that loomed before her with unfathomable depth, she met the love of her life, birthed two beautiful daughters, and found herself alone again with the same dream . . . . . a dress shop on King Street. When the all-grown-up version of Harper arrives on her doorstep yet again, the two of them decide to give fashion another chance, giving Millie's sewn-up-tight secrets a prime opportunity to burst their seams wide open into a kaleidoscope of success for Harper, along with a handsome young Charleston historian named Peter , "who has always been interested in the stories behind the walls".
Rarely does a debut novel evoke such deep emotion. Layered as softly and elegantly as one of Harper's vintage gowns, this story exposes the necessary authenticity needed to manage grief, endure broken dreams, and cherish forever loves and then . . . . dare to move forward with hope. As Harper's wise father said on more than one occasion, "No matter how long it takes, Harper Rae, when your Jubilee tide comes in, make sure your nets are good and ready". The book's remarkable strength is not only in the ability these characters have to rise above the ashes, but in the confidence they inspire us to have in the One who is "the author of your (our) story, and where He calls, He equips". Such a lovely reading experience; enjoy every page!
I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. I also purchased a copy. The opinions stated above are entirely own.