Harper Albright has pinned all her hopes on a future in fashion design. But when it comes crashing down around her, she returns home to Fairhope, Alabama, and to Millie, the woman who first taught her to sew. As she rethinks her own future, secrets long hidden about Millie’s past are brought to light.
In 1946, Millie Middleton boarded a train and left Charleston to keep half of her heritage hidden. She carried with her two heirloom buttons and the dream of owning a dress store. She never expected to meet a charming train jumper who changed her life forever . . . and led her yet again to a heartbreaking choice about which heritage would define her future.
Now, together, Harper and Millie return to Charleston and the man who may hold the answers they seek . . . and a chance at the dress shop they’ve both dreamed of. But it’s not until all appears lost that they see the unexpected ways to mend what frayed between the seams.
The Dress Shop on King Street by Ashley Clark is a fascinating novel about a real event. I was mesmerized by this author’s writing. The point of views changed from chapter to chapter. One featured, Millie, a woman who hides her ancestry. Another woman, Harper, is younger than Millie. Both women wanted to own a dress shop. This story is about their journey of chasing their dreams, falling in love, and moving forward despite all odds. I loved how these women held strong despite the difficulties they encountered. Life has a way of taking and giving. Some things are not meant to be, while others are. Their lives entwine in this heartfelt story. I have never read a book by this writer before, but I definitely will be adding her to my favorites list.