Friday, January 8, 2021

The Dress Shop on King Street by Ashley Clark 5 Stars

From the Publisher:

Harper Dupree has pinned all her hopes on a future in fashion design. But when it comes crashing down around her, she returns home to Fairhope, Alabama, and to Millie, the woman who first taught her how to sew. As Harper rethinks her own future, long-hidden secrets about Millie's past are brought to light.

In 1946, Millie Middleton--the daughter of an Italian man and a Black woman--boarded a train and left Charleston to keep half of her heritage hidden. She carried with her two heirloom buttons and the dream of owning a dress store. She never expected to meet a charming train jumper who changed her life forever . . . and led her yet again to a heartbreaking choice about which heritage would define her future.

Now, together, Harper and Millie return to Charleston to find the man who may hold the answers they seek . . . and a chance at the dress shop they've both dreamed of. But it's not until all appears lost that they see the unexpected ways to mend what frayed between the seams.

Read an excerpt.

My Thoughts:

This is my favorite book of the year! Yes, I know this is the first book that I've read this year, but it's so good, I just cannot imagine I'll like anything else better. You read the synopsis above, but here are some of the things I really liked about this book.

Format ~ It jumps back and forth between Harper and Millie's stories. They are surprisingly interrelated. 

The Dream ~ It shows we can let others judge our dreams and help us or hinder us from achieving them, but ultimately it's our true calling and our responses that determine our destinies.

Characters ~ There are multiple main characters that are complex and deeply developed. They are likeable and even loveable! The surrounding characters give us enough information and backdrop to understand the characters more and more. 

The Settings ~ Deep south and Charleston in a span of over a hundred years. 

Advice and Lessons ~ There are a number of passages in the book that are filled with wisdom that is timeless.

Rated PG ~ It's not for kids, but it is clean.

But most important of all, the emotions, racial tensions, and intensity of the story just swept me away. I cared about the characters. I was sad for them, I was disturbed at their circumstances, and I was happy for them, too.

I'm glad I read this, and I give it 5 stars.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I use the Goodreads star system.
★               Did not like it
★★            It was okay
★★★         Liked it
★★★★      Really liked it
★★★★★   It was amazing


  1. A lovely review! I'm going to look for this book. Thank you! xoxo

  2. Sounds like an excellent book! I hope your year is full of nearly-as-good books. :)

    1. Me, too, Karen. There are some excellent writers.

  3. Its' good to have book recommendations especially during such a horrible week in our country. May we never forget! (unless we're lost in some good fiction).

    1. I don't think I'll ever forget. The ramifications are too far reaching. I do like to put it out of my mind for awhile though!


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