Mini-Review: The Whispering Dress Boutique by Louisa Leaman

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Francesca Delaney’s wedding gown shop has two necessary rules to guarantee success:
1. Never covet a dress
2. Never sell a dress that led to a doomed marriage 

These two rules have helped Francesca build her reputation as a woman with a knack for matching a bride-to-be with the perfect gown.  At Fran’s shop every gown has its history, and the dresses seem to whisper their secrets to Fran, telling her the perfect match.  But Francesca breaks both these rules the day she finds a beautiful 1950s couture floor-length gown. In her desperation to know the dress’s background, she inadvertently becomes entangled with the original owner’s son who would like the dark history of the dress to remain hidden forever.

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Source: NetGalley and Sourcebook Landmark          Rating: 2½/5 stars

The Bottom Line: I’m absolutely on the fence with this book and there is nothing that is going to tip me over to one side or the other.  Here’s the split for me: I really enjoyed the bits and pieces about the dress shop and the history of each of the dresses, but I had real issues with both Francesca and Rafael.  While I generally enjoy a two broken souls come together story, I simply couldn’t get past both Francesca and Rafael’s generally bad attitudes.  Neither were able – in a reasonable amount of time – to move beyond their respective pasts to see what was right in front of them, the possibility of a happy and fulfilling future.  Outside of the terribly interesting dress information, I simply found the characters too angsty to be likeable.  At the end of the day, loved the dress information, really disliked the characters which leaves me in the middle and on the fence!

Releasing May 5, 2020: Amazon| B&N | Kobo| Paperback

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