A Dress a Day blogger McKean’s pleasantly effervescent debut is chick lit about vintage frocks.
The heroine of this breezy romance is Dora Winston, who is a bit of a blank—no style, no boyfriend, no real sense of her future—until her grandmother Mimi, who brought Dora up while running a fabulous vintage clothes store in Forsyth, N.C., is felled by a stroke. Rushing back from college to Mimi’s bedside, Dora finds her life switching tracks. Out go her ratty cargo pants as she starts wearing the vintage dresses Mimi picked out for her. Working at Mimi’s shop, she discovers both that she likes it, and also that some of the dresses have secret lives, in the form of short narratives written about them. Dora also wonders about her parents, killed when she was small, whom Mimi never discussed. And all the time she’s being quietly pursued by kind, unthreatening-yet-hunky architect Con Murphy. When Mimi dies, Dora inherits her house but not the shop, which goes to her cartoonishly grotesque relatives. She decides to fight for the business. A letter found in Mimi’s pre-purchased funeral urn helps answer all outstanding issues.
No surprises here, nor quite enough development, but for those seeking light entertainment this story will fit the bill.