Holly Would Dream by Karen Quinn. Atria Books, 2008.

I’ve been digging through our backlist titles (which is publishing speak for already published books) for an ongoing project, and I came across this Touchstone title from 2008, and just from looking at the cover I knew I had to read it.  If you love:

  1. fashion – takes place in a NYC fashion museum
  2. cute love story
  3. travel – a good portion takes place on an über luxury cruise line and a small part in Italy and NYC
  4. Audrey Hepburn – littered with fun facts and movie references

then this is the PERFECT book for you!

Holly Would Dream by Karen Quinn, follows Holly Ross, an overqualified assistant who works at a small fashion museum in NYC. She has a tyrant boss who doesn’t appreciate her and looks her over for a promised promotion; a overly critical fiancé who gets arrested for cheating on her with a minor and breaks up with her via text; and a jazz musician father who is basically homeless, living in a pet daycare. She is obsessed with all things Audrey Hepburn and regularly (even though she’s not allowed) borrows clothes from the museum’s vault to wear.

Holly is far from perfect, but her heart is always in the right place (as her head is always in the clouds). She still has an innocence to her and tends to trust people at their word (even when she shouldn’t) – which is actually part of the reason why she constantly gets into scrapes. While I’m not a diehard Audrey fan, I’ve always been a fan of fashion, and I do try to go to the MET Fashion exhibits every year. I actually felt like I learned things here, for example, how old pieces must be mended with the same thread/sewn through the original holes to preserve the worth of the piece – it makes perfect sense but I didn’t know that. It was great to see life on a luxury cruise ship (a good portion of this book takes place on a luxury cruise ship) especially since I have never been on a cruise and really don’t have a desire to go on one. It’s light and fun and entertaining, and I don’t want to give anymore away, so I”ll just leave here and say, if you’re in the mood for a romantic comedy, this is a good place to start! 🙂

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