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The Keeper of Happy Endings

By: Barbara Davis
Narrated by: Robin Siegerman, Hope Newhouse
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Summary

An enchanting novel about fate, second chances, and hope, lost and found, by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of The Last of the Moon Girls.

Soline Roussel is well schooled in the business of happy endings. For generations her family has kept an exclusive bridal salon in Paris, where magic is worked with needle and thread. It’s said that the bride who wears a Roussel gown is guaranteed a lifetime of joy. But devastating losses during World War II leave Soline’s world and heart in ruins and her faith in love shaken. She boxes up her memories, stowing them away, along with her broken dreams, determined to forget.

Decades later, while coping with her own tragic loss, aspiring gallery owner Rory Grant leases Soline’s old property and discovers a box containing letters and a vintage wedding dress, never worn. When Rory returns the mementos, an unlikely friendship develops, and eerie parallels in Rory’s and Soline’s lives begin to surface. It’s clear that they were destined to meet - and that Rory may hold the key to righting a forty-year wrong and opening the door to shared healing and, perhaps, a little magic.

©2021 by Barbara Davis. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“Historically sound with a thread of supernatural intrigue, this exploration of shared experiences, learned adaptations, and the power of trust is a book that fans of Catherine Ryan Hyde, Erica Bauermeister, and Lucinda Riley will fall in love with.” (Booklist)

“This intriguing novel is magically woven together with sorrow, surprises, and happiness, just like the wedding gowns of ‘The Dress Witch’.” (Historical Novel Society)

“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, best-selling author of Whisper Me This and Everything You Are)

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Emotional and thoughtful characters

Very enjoyable audible listen. The characters were interesting and believable. The storyline kept me listening

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lovely story

loved it! Sad story but with a happy ending. Narrator had a lovely french accent alternating with the American family.

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Loved it. Loss explored with a touch of magic

Really enjoyed this story. There are a few echoes of my own life which made it poignant. The characters were interesting and their stories unfolded at a good pace. Never boring. Apologies if the reader is French, but occasionally the French accent of Soline seemed a little overdone. Overall, a satisfying story.

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Just beautiful in every way

I became quickly enthralled with the story after overcoming a slight irritation at the overly think French accent. As a Francophile it grew on me but aware it could be off putting.
I loved Barbara’s graphic story telling, easily able to visualise each scene in France & America. The wisdom of life shines through as emotions are created, developed & soothed. I look forward to reading more from this author.

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Beautiful

Spellbinding, beautiful heartbreaking but faith hope…
A beautiful story is woven through
Time and the people.
What else could we want!!🙏

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Beautiful story

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the audible version was superb. I have read a few of Barbara Davis' books and have never been disappointed and will continue to do so.

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A beautiful read!

Beautiful story…heartbreaking and joyful. Great narration and accents for characters which made it a pleasure to listen to

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Lovely story read during Ukrainian war

This is a tribute to past present and future consequences of war. The story definitely goes into magic and impossible situations . A family finding each other 40 years later in unbelievable conditions lets us dream of happy endings.
I found the performance for Soline tiresome and had to stop.for a.time in order to relax my ears before continuing the story . Thus the 3 stars.

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*Fete and Chances*

This book is an emotional journey charting a young French woman Soline Roussel who had a wonderful mother who owned a enchanting bridal shop and taught Soline to sew where a touch of magic worked with the needle & thread. Everyone who buys the gowns seemed to have a happy ending.

All this changes in the blink of an eye when Soline loses everything she holds dear due to World War ll.

She goes on to work as a volunteer in a hospital and meets an American man sAnmzAnsen who is helping the war effort …. That’s all I will say.

Decades later although she is established in her own bridal shop in Boston, but her heart has not moved on. After an incident that means the shop is almost destroyed she allows it to sit there empty refusing to sell it. A young woman Rory Grant who has ambitions to own an art gallery is interested in leasing the property. Soline is reluctant until she hears that the girl has searched thoroughly and this property is the only one she feels drawn to.

Rory soon discovers a box with a wedding dress and memories at the property.

Rory arranges to meet Soline to return the mementos there is an instant connection, little do they know they are about to embark on their own journey together. What is discovered are lies and shocks I was moved to tears. I read and listened to this book, things start to happen that rips the bandage off more than one heart…

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Fabulous

Best Barbara Davis to date! Will admit I was a little put off by the French accent in the opening chapter but soon realised with the mix of American and French absolutely made the listen so enjoyable. An amazing book and such emotion I did have a little cry at the end.

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