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The Dress (Everyday Magic Trilogy: Book 1)

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

Sophie Nicholls
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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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.
37 Photographs - A modern romance set in Edinburgh and Rome.

** Coming soon:
The Glass, Book Three 
in the Everyday Magic Trilogy is due for release in Winter 2013.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 396 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Ruby Slippers Publishing (24 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,415 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sophie Nicholls is an Amazon UK bestselling author and award-winning poet based in North Yorkshire.

She likes swimming outdoors and eating dark chocolate.

Also by Sophie Nicholls on Amazon Kindle:
The Dream - Book Two in the Everyday Magic trilogy.
37 Photographs - a contemporary romance set in Edinburgh and Rome with a transatlantic flavour.

Coming soon:
The third book in the Everyday Magic Trilogy - featuring Fabbia and Ella Moreno and a liberal sprinkling of 'everyday magic.'

You can find out more at Sophie's web site:
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160 of 166 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, joyful read 1 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Simply put - I loved this book. I downloaded it on my Kindle as an unknown quantity but was persuaded by the reviews and my impression of the free first chapter sample. Also the price cannot be beaten, where else can you get hours of entertainment and enjoyment for so little money? The story focuses on Ella and her mother Fabbia, their move to York and the reaction of the local community. The beautiful descriptions of the delicate vintage clothes made me want to rush out shopping, the only thing that stopped me was the engaging story of Ella and her mysterious, glam mother.

Immediately on finishing this book (in one sitting) I downloaded Sophie Nicholls' other book - Ruby Slippers. I recommend taking a punt on The Dress even if you are unsure. I am very glad I did.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant read 18 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an unusual book, and I kept changing my mind about it. The beginning was quite slow, and it took me some time to get into the story. I then read the second half very fast. I disliked the increase in drama as the book went on, but the ending charmed me again.

The story focuses primarily on the attempts of Fabbia Moreno and her daughter Ella to build a new life in York. I love the city of York, so I enjoyed that element of the setting. Fabbia has a number of secrets which are hinted at throughout the book, but Ella has been kept in the dark about her mother's true past and some of her current habits, and she is anxious to know the truth.

The parts that interested me the most were Fabbia's workings with "words" and her vintage clothes; The Signals; the tarot cards and her past in her true home country... unfortunately much of this was not developed particularly thoroughly and felt like a sideline to the much more well-travelled plot of outsiders trying to fit in. That said, I could sympathise in particular with Ella; we've all felt like an outsider at times and her struggle to find a place for herself was well portrayed.

Nicholls' writing style is lovely, very smooth and easy to read. Her characters are imaginative and well presented and the story reached a pleasant end, even if some of the more interesting elements of the plot remained unresolved. I understand there will be another, connected story however, so perhaps we may be given more development of these plot points in future. I give it 3.5 stars overall, and I do think I will be investigating the next book when it appears.
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Chocolat had been set in York... 27 Sep 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
It's difficult to write a review of this book without using the same sewing and dress-making metaphors that are richly sprinkled throughout The Dress but I'll have a go ... it's a book where the story and the characters mysteriously and slowly unravel and reveal themselves as you turn each page. It is a thoughtful, poetic and heartwarming (yet also gritty and occasionally shocking) account of a mother and daughter who are in exile from their homeland, from their own identities and, at times, from each other.

For me it felt like a Yorkshire version of Chocolat (that judgement is based on having seen the film of Chocolat rather than the book, which I haven't read) ... and I mean that in a good way! Probably the best way for me to describe the book is in the words of one of the central characters, Ella, from the book's opening pages: "The story that I'm about to tell you is not so simple. It has complicated seams and concealed fastenings. It has deep pockets and interfacings that won't sit quite true."

(additional note: the page count for this book on my phone is 3000+ pages - definitely a book to slowly savour rather than to devour in one sitting, which is what I did with Sophie's previous book 'Ruby Slippers')
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable Read 6 Dec 2011
By Kerry
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First off, I loved the descriptions of the dresses and fashion accessories. I could visualise them which I enjoyed. The characters were engaging as well and I feel this always adds to a story. All-in-all a good, enjoyable read and great value for money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply lovely 27 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is the first I ever purchased on my Kindle, and honestly, i'm so glad I did. 'The Dress' is a captivating tale based on the lives of Fabbia Morena and her daughter Ella - two highly memorable characters which were crafted beautifully.

The main plot in the story which was weaved wonderfully through each page and was basically, the struggles 'outsiders' face when moving into a new village. Fabbia just wants to forget her tragic past whilst Ella wants to know every little detail.

I found myself constantly lost in this books pages, for every time I turned a page a new mystery was uncovered and a new dress was made. Nicholls' uses such a lovely writing style which kept me intruiged the whole way through, therefore this book is something i'd reccomend.

If you like tales of unforgotten pasts, the relationships between mother and daughter and if you have a strong adoration for formal description, this book is for you. Somehow, Nicholls is able to weave touches of young love in there too which is lovely.

The only downside is the fact that the ending and epilouge are rushed - Sophie was unable to keep up her beautiful writing style the whole way through which was a shame, I would've loved to hear more about Ella and Billy and more on what was going to happen in the end (I don't want to give too much away), for I don't feel enough was given.

Overall, a wonderfully written book, I shall deffinetley be purchasing the sequal this Christmas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars lovely relaxed feel good read
Like a good old fashioned Sunday afternoon film. Enchanting. Subtly different so that you aren't entirely sure here it's going until it's there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a book to get lost in!
Such an easy book to read. The story pulls you in and you really struggle to put it down! I'm looking forward to reading the next one!!
Published 5 months ago by Caroline Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars FAB-U-LOUS!!
A fantastic read. Would recommend you read it now! Can't wait to start the next book.
"The Dream" here I come.
Published 5 months ago by Mimi
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good read
I couldn't get really interested in the lightweight story, or the stereotyped characters, and wouldn't bother with the other two, as I can't imagine they will be much better.
Published 6 months ago by LW
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
I enjoyed reading this. I found the hints about things not quite of this world intriguing - can't wait to read more by this author
Published 6 months ago by shorty56
5.0 out of 5 stars Just lovely
I really enjoyed this magical book, and totally fell in love with the charming characters. I even shed a few tears as the story really reached in to my heart. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Clare moon
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely story
Good fiction with believable characters. I became involved with their lives as the story progressed and it was an enjoyable book.
Published 8 months ago by poohbear
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an amazing book!!!!
This is such a beautiful and an accidental find. I loved every single page. Ms Nicholls has a gift and draws the reader in, into a world of colour, vivid images and above all,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Rosajo
5.0 out of 5 stars very easy read :-)
Lovely book with likeable characters and a good flow to the story. Well worth a read, would be a perfect beach book.
Published 11 months ago by NKA
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