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The Keeper of Happy Endings

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Soline Roussel made wedding dresses for her exclusive bridal salon before a fire burned down her studio and left her with hands unable to hold a needle. Rory Grant is barely living ever since her fiance disappeared on a mission in Africa.

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Like a wedding dress lovingly crafted, The Keeper of Happy Endings is stitched through with secrets, romance, and mystery sure to enchant…and leave readers believing in the magic of second chances.” —Christine Nolfi, bestselling author of The Passing Storm Just in case you prefer to “listen” to your books rather than read them, here’s a nice opportunity to try Audible free for 30 Days. La Tisserand de sort are not only dressmakers, but Spell Weavers that craft spells and sew them into wedding dresses. When Rory sees Soline’s dress shop for lease, she feels it has been waiting for her to open her art gallery.

Two women - Soline and Rory - one that owned a bridal salon who made magical wedding gowns that guaranteed happy endings and one who was starting an art gallery. Davis’s tale of love and loss, expertly woven around the lives of two women who have nothing—and yet everything—in common, inspires hope that our own happy endings might be biding their time, ready to show up when and where we least expect them. The Keeper of Happy Endings is a perfect blending of romance and mystery with a sprinkling of magic—heartwarming and satisfying. Don’t miss it!” —Kerry Anne King, bestselling author of Whisper Me This and Everything You Are The first thing I liked about this book was the dual time frame. The book flips between present-day Boston which is set between about 1976 and 1985. The other time frame is 1943 France.

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It was pretty easy to figure out how things would go down, but that didn't detract at all from the pleasure of reading it. The last few chapters of the story were heavy with cheese, too-perfect happy endings, and on-the-nose dialogue in which each character says the sorts of direct things nobody would actually come right out and say. But I enjoyed them anyway, especially because I really didn’t expect things to turn out so well. (Modern stories generally don’t; it’s like there’s an unspoken rule against them or something.) The book certainly lived up to its name, though!Little bits were left unsaid....we didn't know what happened to the Kennedy gown nor THE dress that Soline carried across continents...this left me a bit flat, especially that last, since it featured heavily. I'd like to think Rory could maybe utilise it one day..... There are so many beautiful quotes in this book. One of my favourites was “ I’ve come to believe we create our own curses and carry them through life because we’ve been told it’s our lot. We’re taught to relive our mothers’ heartaches, to accept their sufferings as our own, and pass them on to the next generation, again and again.” It’s also the story of Rory, decades later. When she leases the property owned by Soline’s family to open an art gallery, she finds letters and a dress with special meaning. Soline and Rory’s paths cross in an unexpected way.

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The Keeper of Happy Endings takes place in multiple time periods. Do you feel this device helped or hurt in telling the story? Was one time period more “real” to you than the others?Soline Russel belongs to a family from Paris that specializes in ensuring happy endings for others. Their hand-stitched bridal gowns are known to bind the couple together forever. But the blessing is also a curse. No one in the family has had a happy ending of their own. Soline tries to challenge the curse only to realize she can’t. yet understand. And then one day, Maman explained. Every soul creates an echo. Like a fingerprint or signature that becomes infused in the things around us. Who we are. Where we belong. What we’re meant to bring to the world. No two echoes are alike. They are ours and ours alone. But they’re incomplete—one half of a perfect whole. Like a mirror without a reflection. And so each echo is constantly seeking its other half, to complete itself. That is what we look for in a reading, a sign that the lovers’ echoes are a match.” Quill says: A soul-stirring story of loss, grief, stressful experiences, complicated matters of the heart, and the indomitable human spirit.

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