Saturday, 10 September 2016

Book Review - If The Dress Fits by Daisy James - Back Catalogue Books

Back Catalogue Books is my new regular Saturday feature, focusing on books that are not the latest releases. There is going to be a mix of Q&As and also reviews, depending on what I have the space for. 

If you are an author wanting to take part in Back Catalogue Books then please do email on gilbster at gmail dot com and I'll whizz the questions over to you. 

I hope everyone enjoys this weekly look back at some of the slightly older books that are about but still great, and that I eventually make a dent in my TBRs as a result of it! 

Today I have a review of Daisy James' second book If The Dress Fits, with a review of her latest book When Only Cupcakes Will Do will be posted tomorrow.

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Title: If The Dress Fits
Author: Daisy James
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Carina
Publication Date: 12th May 2016
Rating: 4.5 Stars

She might be the most famous person in the country, but no one even knows her name…

Callie’s exquisite, glittering silk gown has been shortlisted for the celebrity wedding of the year. But just as all her dreams are coming true, disaster strikes!

Leaving behind the bright lights of London, Callie is forced to return home to sleepy Althorpe. And there’s one man she hopes to avoid – the childhood sweetheart who turned her life upside down. But now she’s back, is it finally time to stop running?

Yet, as Callie faces her past, a Cinderella-like hunt begins for that perfect, pearl-embroidered dress, mysteriously submitted without a name…

If The Dress Fits has the feel of a modern fairy tale to it. There is a clear take on the glass slipper story from Cinderella, along with fairy tale feel to the wedding dress creations, and all the other fashion items created. The romance element is a bit rocky, but its clear from the prologue that Callie has only ever had one true love...but true love never did run smooth even in some fairy stories. 

Daisy James has weaved her magic into what feels like a timeless story, that was a joy to read. Initially I wasn't really sure how much I liked Callie, but that didn't take too long to change, as tragedy strikes, and she drops everything to rush back to her home town. 

However it was with the reading of a will, that her life changes even more, when she inherits an unexpected haberdashery shop, which she used to love in childhood. As an adult though, she is running her own successful wedding dress design boutique in London, and really could do without a shop in Yorkshire to take of too. 

Callie finds herself torn regularly with regards what she should do, as she rediscovers old friends, makes new ones in her home town, including the most amazing baker, while she also receives fabulous news from London too. 

There are mouth watering descriptions of the French Patisserie that the local baker is capable of producing, as well as exquisite detailed descriptions of the wedding gowns, and also the small shop with its incredibly cosy feel. 

I am very quickly learning that I am liking Daisy James' writing more and more with each book, as she continues to write easy to read, light hearted, pleasurable stories to devour. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Carina for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Rachel, Thanks ever so much for featuring If The Dress Fits... on your blog today. Warmest wishes, Daisy :)


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