The Christmas Dress by Courtney Cole

.ePUB, 277 pages
Expected Publication: 9 Nov 2021
By: William Morrow Paperbacks
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About The Book:
When hopeful fashionista Meg Julliard must return to her hometown of Chicago to manage her late father’s apartment building, she thinks her dreams of making it in the fashion business are over. Add in her father’s eclectic roster of tenants who all need Meg’s attention (ASAP!), a host of building related disasters, and a handsome handyman she keeps embarrassing herself in front of, and this has all the makings for the worst Christmas she’s ever had. Ellie Wade, one of the building’s longtime residents, is also not feeling the Christmas Joy this year. She is preparing to move into a nursing home (reluctantly), and is in the process of sorting through her belongings to downsize. Every corner of her apartment holds memories, some good, some bad. But there’s one dress she hesitates to pack up as it represents both the best and worst night of her life. Ellie and Meg strike up an unlikely friendship and the story of Ellie’s dress comes out. Ellie gifts the gorgeous dress to Meg, hoping that it will bring her more luck, on the condition that she wear it to the building’s Christmas party. The dress magically fits, and while it eventually leads to the best night of Meg’s life, it also acts as inspiration for Meg to follow a life-long dream of her own, a dream that will help save the crumbling Parkview West, and restore it to its former glory, and keep it as a safe home for all of the current tenants. The dress and the magic of the holiday season helps both Meg and Ellie find their own happy endings.

My Review:
Oh boy, this book left me with all the feels. Poor Meg has lost all of her family and goes back home to Chicago to become the owner/manager of her father's apartment building. Along the way, she meets the wonderful tenants, her dad's hunky handyman, and her father's unpaid assistant. Of course, along the way humour ensues, the building is old and falling apart, not to mention Meg is dead broke. The building has a unique and interesting history and Meg sees it as a way to save the building and its tenants. The book is also romantic and I loved Logan, he made my heart swoon.

Now about that dress. Meg is a fashion guru, styles her own outfits, and even worked for a magazine with an Anna Wintour like boss. She gets inspired by a vintage dress that resident and new friend, Ellie, gives her. She ends up entering a contest. I love how the dress weaved its way through the women's stories, I could imagine them wearing it and how it made them feel, that was the best thing about this book and it was such an enjoyable Christmas read. I also have Home for Christmas by this author and am looking forward to reading it as well.

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