Holly Would Dream

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“Funny, romantic, and absolutely charming like the classic Audrey Hepburn movies of the 1950′s.”
— Heather Graham, Actress

From the author of Wife in the Fast Lane comes a romantic comedy about the madcap adventures of a calamity-prone young woman named Holly whose obsession with Audrey Hepburn could be her blessing—or her curse.

Holly Ross often wishes she lived in a simpler time, when the clothes were glamorous, the men debonair, and the endings happy. That said, her new career as a fashion historian isn’t so bad. With both a wedding and a big promotion coming up, she finally seems to “be enjoying the sunny side of life.

So how, in the space of one day, does it all go wrong? How does she end up homeless, jobless, penniless, and fiancé-less? Why is she cruising the Mediterranean in hot pursuit of real estate tycoon Denis King? And why, for heaven’s sake, is she chasing down a suitcase full of stolen Audrey Hepburn gowns?

With the sparkling Mediterranean and the eternal city of Rome as the backdrop, Holly’s adventures begin to resemble one of the 1950′s Hollywood gems she so adores. Finally, she must choose between her long-held fairytale fantasy and a new, real-life dream with an ending she couldn’t possibly imagine.

“Clever and charming, Holly Would Dream is the perfect mix of madcap fun and making dreams come true.”

Linda Francis Lee, author of The Ex-Debutante

“Delightfully witty and utterly charming, Holly Would Dream will tickle Audrey Hepburn fans more than a Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Roman Holiday double feature. Cross my heart and kiss my elbow, I’m just crazy about Holly!”

Jennifer Coburn, author of The Wife of Reilly

“Like the Audrey Hepburn films that inspired it, Holly Would Dream is a delightfully frothy comedy that tweaks high society and Hollywood endings. A fun page-turner of a read that rewards the sharp-eyed film lover with many Hepburn references throughout.”

Jennifer Vendever, author of The Bronte Project

“At last, a beach book with not just a brain and a funny bone but even more critically, a wicked sense that fashion and films and fashion in films are not a matter of life and death. They’re more important than that.”

Rachel Johnson, author of Notting Hell

Book Review
Holly Would Dream, By Karen Quinn
Written by Jill Hart
Published July 31, 2008

Holly Ross leads a life that looks great on the outside, but inside, it leaves a lot to be desired. Her career as a historian in a fashion museum is on the rise, although Holly isn’t sure she can trust that her boss will truly give her the promotion she deserves. Her love life, on the other hand, seems to be perfect. She’s engaged to a Disney performer, he could do no wrong, right?

The small fact that her jazz performer dad now sleeps with the dogs at her friends’ pet grooming business…well, it’s not the best, but Holly knows it’s not forever. She has a positive attitude about it all – even being dowsed in rain water by the passing car of a millionaire. (Hey, he did stop to give her a ride). So, what could possibly go wrong?

Little does Holly know that her life is about to take a nosedive. Within twenty-four hours she loses her promotion, her fiancé and even her home. She realizes that she’s put up with too much for way too long and decides that the mess her life has become will be the catalyst for a whole new Holly. The problem is, she has no idea where to begin.

This charming story has it all. Hysterical characters, romance, and mystery combine to make some of the spunkiest contemporary fiction around. I immediately loved the main character and Holly’s Audrey Hepburn mania combined with her hilarious, disastrous adventures make her even that much sweeter. Quinn has a way of writing that, despite being terribly funny, goes straight to the heart.

I hadn’t read anything by author Karen Quinn previously, although her other novels, “Wife in the Fast Lane” and “The Ivy chronicles” are both well-reviewed. I can gladly say that this is an author that I want to add to my “to-read” lists – and you will, too.