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The Keeper of Happy Endings Kindle Edition
An enchanting novel about fate, second chances, and hope, lost and found, by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of The Last of the Moon Girls.
Soline Roussel is well schooled in the business of happy endings. For generations her family has kept an exclusive bridal salon in Paris, where magic is worked with needle and thread. It’s said that the bride who wears a Roussel gown is guaranteed a lifetime of joy. But devastating losses during World War II leave Soline’s world and heart in ruins and her faith in love shaken. She boxes up her memories, stowing them away, along with her broken dreams, determined to forget.
Decades later, while coping with her own tragic loss, aspiring gallery owner Rory Grant leases Soline’s old property and discovers a box containing letters and a vintage wedding dress, never worn. When Rory returns the mementos, an unlikely friendship develops, and eerie parallels in Rory’s and Soline’s lives begin to surface. It’s clear that they were destined to meet—and that Rory may hold the key to righting a forty-year wrong and opening the door to shared healing and, perhaps, a little magic.
“Historically sound with a thread of supernatural intrigue, this exploration of shared experiences, learned adaptations, and the power of trust is a book that fans of Catherine Ryan Hyde, Erica Bauermeister, and Lucinda Riley will fall in love with.” —Booklist
“This intriguing novel is magically woven together with sorrow, surprises, and happiness, just like the wedding gowns of ‘The Dress Witch’.” —Historical Novel Society
“Davis’s tale of love and loss, expertly woven around the lives of two women who have nothing—and yet everything—in common, inspires hope that our own happy endings might be biding their time, ready to show up when and where we least expect them. The Keeper of Happy Endings is a perfect blending of romance and mystery with a sprinkling of magic—heartwarming and satisfying. Don’t miss it!” —Kerry Anne King, bestselling author of Whisper Me This and Everything You Are
“Like a wedding dress lovingly crafted, The Keeper of Happy Endings is stitched through with secrets, romance, and mystery sure to enchant…and leave readers believing in the magic of second chances.” —Christine Nolfi, bestselling author of The Passing Storm
From the Publisher
In this enchanting novel, Barbara Davis expertly weaves a tale of two women seemingly brought together by coincidence. When the discovery of a vintage wedding dress and a bundle of letters causes their paths to cross, they have no idea how closely connected they are. From different generations and different continents, their stories echo one another: both have experienced great love and great loss, and both despair of repairing the damage done. Their meeting irrevocably alters their lives. Drawn together yet wary of more heartache, they slowly reveal their wounds.
But what draws them close also has the power to tear them apart. If they refuse to open their hearts and believe in the power of destiny, they may miss a second chance at happiness and reuniting with the loves they lost. That’s what the skeptic in me loves about this book. Barbara Davis deftly shows that things do happen for a reason, but it’s up to us to stay open to the magic of possibility.
—Jodi Warshaw, Editor
- ASIN : B08X48G5VL
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (1 Oct. 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 4192 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 415 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 837 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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She persists in writing about french windows without writing French properly....even my red squiggly line autocorrect thing picks it up as I compose this review !! This time she does it with chardonnay, too, which should also be capitalised. She does THAT American thing of assuming we know every acronym or abbreviation she throws in, because she doesn't explain them, which means we have to stop reading to google what NPR or Tuft's or MFA or MLS or a Bernina is.....and another repeated error from her is writing ticked and not ticced. However, no apostrophe mistakes again which is to be appreciated.
Little bits were left unsaid....we didn't know what happened to the Kennedy gown nor THE dress that Soline carried across continents...this left me a bit flat, especially that last, since it featured heavily. I'd like to think Rory could maybe utilise it one day.....
Errors aside, I enjoyed the story again and she has some lovely little remarks in it, such as, "There are all sorts of heroes, and almost none of them will ever have something shiny pinned to their chests" and I love the idea of the echoes as well. This made me smile-"I've been warned about Americans, all disarming smiles and apple pie" and the passage about a bride's spine is a tremendous one as well.
Certain things that occurred I guessed were going to be the case but I enjoyed it nonetheless and a couple of parts had me decidedly sniffy....
However, if I read another by her I'd expect the nitpicking mistakes to have been tidied up.....
So much has already been said in the blurb and the reviews already posted, so I won't be leaving a description of the plot.
The story itself is interesting, though some bits (no spoilers) are very predictable.
Quoting something had happened one day before (page 375) when you've said four days ago (page 365) is a prime example of annoying errors.
The digs at the British weren't necessary to the plot either. Had I paid for this book, I'd've been furious (I got it through Amazon First Reads, but didn't get around to reading it straight away).
The end was rushed and I think that a lot more should've been said.
However, it was still worth reading, so deserves 3.5/5. I'm generously marking it up to ⭐⭐⭐⭐, rather than down.
But, as soon as I started reading I almost gave it up. A French seamstress who makes bridal dresses containing magic spells?....c’mon! This is a fairy story!!
However, I persevered, not so much because of the story line, but because of the writing skill of the author, Barbara Davis.
With every skilful sentence you are drawn in to the story to the point where you want to know more and more about Soline Rousel, the main character of the story. She is the daughter of a successful seamstress in Paris prior to the German occupation of France in WW2. The arrival of the Nazis turns their world upside down. Soline ends up working in a hospital tending to Allied prisoners of war. There she meets and falls in love with an American volunteer who arranges for her to go to America to escape the Nazis. From here on the story gets really interesting with numerous twists and turns and you will experience a range of emotions as the author deftly weaves her almost magical spell in keeping you enthralled. Even the last chapter has a little twist that catches you out.
But it all leads to a truly happy ending which was the reason I bought the book in the first place.
Soline, is a wonderfully drawn character, her story falling into place across the whole story.
Rory, or Aurora as her mother calls her, is a different, but equally well-written character. Much of the novel she came across as 'incomplete,' a woman finding out who she is, once she realises she does not have to be the person others expect her to be. Such a well written character, it was easy to feel that painful transition, and that feeling of being lost whilst she discovered herself.
The third female character, Rory mother was harder to like. Only in the last few chapters did I warm to her, and even then she was still a woman I would be wary of!
The author, Barbara Davis, achieved this subtle change from active dislike of Rory mother through the careful dropping of conversational lines; without showing her whole hand. So focused on the developing relationship between Soline and Rory, I missed some early pointers about Rory mother, and found myself backtracking.
The language of the book is calm, soft, emotional and gentle. Even the heightened moments, confusion or painful emotions of the characters, felt softened by the love that flows through each page as each woman wrestles with their own inner pain.
This is a book I will be recommending to others