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Review: Holly Would Dream, by Karen Quinn

Holly Ross is an assistant at the National Museum of Fashion in New York City. A holder of a Master’s degree in fashion, Holly knows pretty much everything there is to know about the subject. In addition, she has an obsession with Audrey Hepburn films. Holly’s also engaged to her heart’s desire, and she’s about to receive a promotion at work.

But everything changes when the promotion is given to Sammie Kittenblatt, a New York society darling who got her job through a generous donation made by her parents. Then Holly’s fiancée cheats on her, and eventually finds herself fiancée-less, job-less, and living with her father in the basement of a pet hospital.

Things change for the better when Holly is given the chance of a lifetime: to lecture on a cruise ship traveling the Mediterranean, and to bring home a seven-figure donation to the museum that will get her her job back. Soon, however, things turn bad as Holly finds herself the subject of an Interpol investigation looking into the case of a mysteriously vanished trunk full of Audrey Hepburn designer gowns. Added on top of all this is Holly’s growing attraction to Denis, a wealthy entrepreneur.

Holly Would Dream is pure escapist chick lit at its best. The Audrey Hepburn mini-storyline is heaven, and the story is told with wit and humor. There were some passages in this book that I just could not stop laughing at! In addition, I learned quite a bit about the fashion world, which Karen Quinn manages to make even more exciting and sexy than it already is. The characters are well-developed—I loved the description of Denis’s fiancée and her five-pound dumbbells. Holly’s father is a hoot, as are some of the ladies on the cruise. This book is a must-read for any Audrey Hepburn fan. It makes me want to go back and re-watch some of her movies.

Comments

Terri B. said…
Sounds like a great summer read! And I love Audrey Hepburn movies.
Nicole said…
Do I have to love Audrey Hepburn to like this book?
Jaimie said…
Great review! Thanks for visiting me and leaving such nice comments! Come back anytime!

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