11.9.09

Review: Holly Would Dream by Karen Quinn


I read one of Karen Quinn's other books, The Ivy Chronicles, a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Holly Would Dream sounded like it would be just as good:
Holly Ross is a fashion historian and life seems to be going well for her; she is a month away from marrying Alessandro, a top Broadway star and she is promised a huge promotion at work. Yet it all goes wrong and Holly finds herself homeless, jobless and with her own wedding to cancel.
The answers to all her problems lie on the super luxurious cruise ship, Tiffany Star and one of its billionaire passengers, Denis King, who Holly is hoping to secure a donation from and therefore her career in the process. But again things don't go smoothly and Holly somehow ends up trying to track down a suitcase full of Audry Hepburn gowns as Interpol are trying to track her down.

I went on a cruise for my honeymoon so I really loved the setting of this book on the Tiffany Star; Karen Quinn captured the atmosphere of a glamorous cruise ship with its varied passengers, gossip and cocktails! I am also a bit of an Audry Hepburn fan as is the character of Holly Ross so I thought that the references and comparisons to her classic films only added to the book.
The plot of this book may be a little far fetched but it does keep you reading as you follow Holly on her mission across Europe to get the priceless gowns back. This would make a perfect holiday read, especially if you were cruising the Mediterranean.
Karen Quinn has also managed to hide (some more than others) one hundred and twenty five references to Audry Hepburn and Cary Grant movies within the book so it's good fun to look out for those!

9 comments:

Amy said...

Cool cover!

I love Audrey Hepburn, I know it sounds shallow but I just can't believe how gorgeous she was, so beautiful....

I haven't read any Quinn, will look out for this!

bookalicious said...

I like how it takes place on a cruise (I love cruise ships!!!), but I'm afraid I wouldn't get all the Hepburn references, seeing how I'm not a massive fan. Tempted to give it a try though, the cover is just too gorgeous!

Dot said...

Amy- I know she was stunning, she always looked perfect no matter what she was wearing!

bookalicious- You don't need to get all the Hepburn references to enjoy the book. If you like cruise ships then you would like this, I thought it was really good!

Chloe @ chicklitreviews said...

Sounds good! I tried to read a Karen Quinn a few years ago and couldn't get into it, but I do like the sound of this one! Maybe its time to give her another go :) Great review, Chloe x

Dot said...

Chloe- thank you! I've only read two of her books but I really liked both of them!

Kirsty said...

I've never read any Karen Quinn stuff,but I love the title, and the book sounds quite good :)

Dot said...

Kirsty- I did really enjoy it and I thought that The Ivy Chronicles was really good!

writemeg said...

Sounds so fun! I'm a huge Hepburn fan, too -- even my high school Prom gown and hairstyle were modeled after her look in "Breakfast At Tiffany's." I'll look for this one!

Dot said...

Meg- What a lovely idea for your prom outfit! I love Audry Hepburn!

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