The second book in the 100 Dresses series opens three months after Darling Dimple saved Princess Mariposa from disaster in If the Magic Fits (2016).
In the castle of the all-white kingdom of Eliora, someone—or something—is wreaking havoc. Clothing, miscellaneous items, and the princess’s jewels have been going missing. After a series of mishaps, Darling finds herself demoted and no longer the most trusted of the Princess’ Girls. Darling and her friend Roger, a Stable Boy, think a ghost is at the root of the problem. Once again using the magic dresses to disguise herself, brave Darling sets out to uncover the truth. A visit to the Royal Cemetery with Princess Mariposa introduces a second plot: the mystery of Darling’s family, the formerly powerful Wrays. Darling’s great-great-grandfather Magnificent Wray designed the castle and imbued it with magic, but his actions led the family to ruin, leaving Darling’s mother destitute and a servant in the castle. Darling solves the mystery of the ghost and the stolen items, but this compelling secondary storyline is left open for future possibilities. A quick recap of Book 1 and unobtrusive details throughout catch up new readers while refreshing the minds of those already acquainted with the charming, persistent, and astute dandelion-fluff–haired Darling.
Darling Dimple remains an underdog to cheer for. (Fantasy. 8-12)