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Holly Would Dream [Paperback]

Karen Quinn
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June 3 2008
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 career as a fashion historian isn't so bad. With both a wedding and a big promotion coming up, her own happily ever after seems assured.

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 backdrops, Holly's adventures begin to resemble one of the 1950s Hollywood gems she so adores. Finally she must choose between her long-held fairy tale fantasy and a new, real-life dream with an ending she couldn't possibly imagine.

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Wife in the Fast Lane author Quinn goes all Breakfast at Tiffany's with the disappointingly un-Golightly Holly Ross, who has managed to become the director's assistant at the National Museum of Fashion after a hardscrabble childhood. When socialite Sammie Kittenplatt, a woman who's nasty, superconnected and "pruggly like Diana Vreeland," beats Holly out for a curator's job, she's crushed. Then Holly's relationship with dashing finacé Allesandro hits a very different brick wall, and she gets humiliated (by Sammie, natch) in front of major museum donor Denis King. Yet a make-or-break opportunity arises: if Holly can raise a mil for the museum while doing a speaking engagement on the ultra-luxe Tiffany cruise, she'll finally get promoted. Holly brings along her scruffy, loveable Pops and she soon discovers big fish Denis on board. The madcap, caricature-driven antics go decidedly overboard as a trunkload of original Audrey Hepburn original costumes goes missing. Quinn's latest offers only the all-too-occasional glint of magic.
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"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

"At last, a beach book with not just a brain and a funny bone but even more critically, a wicked sense that fashion and film and fashion in film are not a matter of life and death. They're more important than that." -- Rachel Johnson, author of Notting Hell

"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 and Ladies Who Lunch

"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 Vandever, author of The Brontë Project

"Funny, romantic, and absolutely charming like the classic Audrey Hepburn movies of the 1950s." -- Heather Graham, actress

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read Aug. 7 2008
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed 'Holly Would Dream'! It was such a fun, light-hearted read and right now it's one of my favorite books.

The characters were lovable, the plot was rich, and the book itself just exuded luxury. One might read the back of the book and think (especially a hard-core Audrey fan like myself) that it's just too far-fetched. You might come to that conclusion within the first 60 pages or so... but the author- Karen Quinn- made it seem so believable and realistic that you'll think it can happen to you!

Despite the glaring cheesiness in certain parts of the book, I would more than happily read 'Holly Would Dream' over and over again, and I would recommend it to anyone- Audrey Hepburn fan or not- who just wants a good, indulging read. Bravo Karen Quinn! I hope that's not the last we hear of Holly and gang!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A light, Easy Read Dec 23 2011
By Lydia - Novel Escapes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Holly Would Dream had an interesting story once I got into it, which admittedly took a little while. It was an easy read, chalk full of cheesiness, but Karen Quinn does a good job of making the impossible seem possible in this novel right through to the end and keeps the pace moving quickly.

It was an amusing single girl read but I found it often tried a bit too hard with it's snappy quips and Holly's thoughts sometimes didn't seem to fit with my impression of the character (but that could have just been me, my review partner didn't seem to notice this).

The Audrey Hepburn references didn't overwhelm or confuse me as I'm not a huge fan and have only seen a few of her movies, so this was a nice surprise because I thought I might get bogged down in a lot of detail.

Overall, this was a pretty good read. It not one of my favourites though and it probably didn't help that I read it after Twenties Girls so my opinion might be slightly skewed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun beach tale June 7 2008
By Kim Baccellia, "YA Books Central reviewer" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Holly Ross wishes her life was something from a 50s Audrey Hepburn movie. At first things seem to be going her way with an upcoming wedding and big promotion.

But suddenly she finds herself homeless, penniless, and no longer engaged. She ends up going on a Mediterranean cruise in pursue of a tycoon who might help her win a bet that will get her the curator position she so deserves.

Then her life turns out like one of Audrey Hepburn movies, complete with a missing truck of priceless gowns and police after her. Now it's up to her to decide whether she wants to pursue what she really wants or go after something she thought could never happen to her.

I LOVED this book! Holly is a real hoot! She's hilarious, charming, and has real backbone. Holly turned near diasters to opportunities. I smiled at her persistence and spunk. Audrey Hepburn would be proud!

There are numerous references to classic AH movies throughout the book. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to enjoy a fun romantic romp similar to 50s movies.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Couldn't Put it Down!! June 3 2008
By Athena - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I just got Holly Would Dream and I blew off the rest of my entire day and read the WHOLE THING! I couldn't put it down. It inspired me to get out my lawn chair and read outside, one of my favorite things to do in the world. The characters were so compelling, the plot was zany and quick-paced, the writing was funny and smart. I loved this book and I miss it already. I hope Ms. Quinn writes another one soon. I felt like I was hanging out with all the characters thru the night, as I am pretty sure I dreamed about the book while I slept. This is empowered female heroine lit, perfect for a summer's beach read or even a lawn chair in the back yard!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully fun, romantic romp worthy of Audrey Hepburn! May 23 2008
By Kathleen Cabot-Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I loved this book!!! From start to finish this story draws in the reader with well-developed, eccentric and entertaining characters and a plot line that will keep you guessing and flipping the pages, anxious to follow the heroine through foibles that will remind you of the best of Audrey Hepburn movies with an entirely new twist. A glorious, romantic romp of a tale. Great for a beach read or BFF gift!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A frothy, fun read! June 17 2008
By KMett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I picked this book up on a whim when I saw the cover (being a huge Audrey Hepburn fan, of course!) and couldn't put it down. It's light-hearted, fun, funny, and I was cheering for Holly not just to get the guy but to get her dream job and the whole enchilada too. The characters are wonderfully realized and real, some of the settings fantastically "Hollywood glamorous," and the author weaves in some terrific old movie references for eagle-eyed fans to notice. Highly recommended!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Fabulous Read -- Don't Miss it!!! Aug. 16 2008
By Tina Seligman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I can't describe how much I enjoyed reading Holly Would Dream! So unique, charismatic, funny, clever, elegant and empowering -- truly a tribute to the memory of Audrey Hepburn, and to Karen Quinn as an author.

Charming moments from Hepburn's classic films are interwoven with very contemporary language and issues, and each character is multi-dimensional with a distinct personality and voice. Quinn's highly sensory and sensuous descriptions lead you through unexpected situations -- my heart was racing with twists and turns, and I was laughing and weeping continuously throughout the novel.

In addition to the delightfully witty literary style and plot, this is a must read for anyone who is interested in fashion and its history. I really enjoyed learning about costume conservation and behind-the-scenes aspect of a fashion institute and, with all of Quinn's ideas for exhibitions projected through her protagonist Holly, Quinn should be a fashion curator herself. There haven't been displays that creative and exciting since Diana Vreeland's monumental exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I wished throughout the book that I could see these concepts mounted in real life. Well...maybe when they (hopefully) do a movie of this book!

My only disappointment was that the story had to end, but happily I can order other work by Quinn and look forward to whatever she writes in the future.

BRAVA!!! I've been recommending it to everyone...
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