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Publisher's 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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Could not listen this book that French accent is atrocious otherwise it could be a good book

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Heartbreaking story; excellent narration!

Thoroughly enjoyable audiobook; I had to sit and listen to the final two hours as I couldn’t wait to listen in the car. An interesting convention using two narrators and I particularly appreciated the authentic French accent performed by Siegerman, who voiced Soline’s chapters. Very clever storyline. Highly recommended!

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Such a great book!

At first I couldn’t understand Solene’s voice, but then I got used to it, and absolutely loved this book! The narrator changed back and forth voices toward the end that distracted from the flow of the beautiful storyline. I’m not sure why the author chose to do that, or if the narrator just wasn’t consistent with her voice changes. Other than that I really liked the book and was happy with the choice to listen in.

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Sad and happy

Are there spells or is there a thread binding love of a manándote a women and their progeny. Fromthe horrors of war to the joyous reunion of those thought to be lost. A mystical story of a Jewish Frenchwoman and an American hero working with the resistance. And a modern day story of the granddaughter of Soline and her beloved kidnapped in the Sudan. It is all sewn together to have a heart wrenching happy ending.

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Wow

Delightful. Inspiring. Saturated with Hope. I truly loved this book. Thank you for giving it to me my dear dear darling daughter.

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Beautiful story

I really loved the story and the characters but the narrative of the French woman was a bit too much for me. It was hard to understand, as well.
There was a couple times where I could tell someone completely we Lu different was narrating for Rory which almost lost my interest in the character because they were not very good.
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loved it

couldn't stop listening. the ending was a bit predictable but enjoyable. loved the narration

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performance is terrible!

Narrator's voice was awful, very grating on your nerves! I'm going to read the book instead!

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A Happy Read

This book manages to keep it all in one place — love found and lost, war, heartbreak, mothers, daughters, separation, reunions, and happy endings. The best book I’ve read all year by an author writers interested in true craft should read.

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The characters voices change during chapter 41 and it is jarring. In fact the entire energy changed. Sad. Almost didn’t finish.

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  • 12-03-21

A Pleasant historical fiction book

Overall I did quite enjoy this book slightly corny but pleasant story The accents where a bit poor but acceptable It was an easy read

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  • 11-30-21

Brilliant

This book has so much heartache but really demonstrates the power of resilience to survive all obstacles. I loved it.

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  • 11-19-21

Artrocious performances

I have a great tolerance for accents; most of us Europeans do :) And with 700+ books in my Audible library, I don’t think I have ever complained about a performance.
But this was just ear-gratingly awful. That tortured French accent; why? So overdone that it was embarrassing.
And then the continuous vocal fry and waving on the edge of tears vibrato in Rory. Just awful. I nearly didn’t finish the book, that’s how bad the reading is.
Nice story, there’s that.

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  • 07-25-22

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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  • Elizabeth M.
  • 06-26-22

Beautiful

So beautiful I found it hard to stay away until the last word. I’m sure this story will touch a lot of othered’ stories, it certainly has mine.

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  • Jaye22
  • 04-09-22

*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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  • Brenda
  • 03-24-22

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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  • 07-25-22

good but not great

a pleasant enough story but too unbelievable for me...it does have a happy romantic ending

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  • 04-26-22

memorable

never give up, there is alwaysmlightvin b the datkness even though youbfeel leftvputvin the cold for so long

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  • 04-19-22

Wow!

I wasn’t expecting that ending. Slow start but it progressed and I couldn’t put the book down! Read in 2 days