The Secret Lives of Dresses is a wonderful book and beautifully written. I enjoyed the story as well as the author's writing style.
I would definitely recommend this book for an easy and very enjoyable read.
Here is the synopsis of the story as found on Amazon:
Dora has always taken the path of least resistance. She went to the college
that offered her a scholarship, is majoring in "vagueness studies," and wears
whatever shows the least dirt. She falls into a job at the college coffee shop,
and a crush on her flirty boss, Gary.
Just when she's about to test
Gary's feelings, Mimi, the grandmother who raised her, suffers a stroke. Dora
rushes back home to Forsyth, NC, and finds herself running her grandmother's
vintage clothing store. The store has always been a fixture in Dora's life;
though she grew up more of a jeans-and-sweatshirt kind of girl, before she even
knew how to write, Mimi taught her that a vintage 1920s dress could lift a
While working there, Dora befriends Mimi's adorable
contractor, Conrad. Is he after Dora, or is working from a different blueprint?
And why did Mimi start writing down--and giving away--stories of the dresses in
When Mimi dies, Dora can't get out of town fast enough and
cedes control of the store to her money-hungry aunt who wants to turn it into a
t-shirt shop for tourists. But ultimately, she returns to Forsyth, willing to
battle whatever may stand in the way of her staying there. Dora can trade her
boring clothes for vintage glamour, but can she trade her boring life for one
she actually wants?