The Midnight Dress Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Quiet misfit Rose doesn't expect to fall in love with the sleepy beach town of Leonora. Nor does she expect to become fast friends with beautiful, vivacious Pearl Kelly, organizer of the high school float at the annual Harvest Festival parade. It's better not to get too attached when Rose and her father live on the road, driving their caravan from one place to the next whenever her dad gets itchy feet. But Rose can't resist the mysterious charms of the town or the popular girl, try as she might.
Pearl convinces Rose to visit Edie Baker, once a renowned dressmaker, now a rumored witch. Together Rose and Edie hand-stitch an unforgettable dress of midnight blue for Rose to wear at the Harvest Festival - a dress that will have long-lasting consequences on life in Leonora, a dress that will seal the fate of one of the girls. Karen Foxlee's breathtaking novel weaves friendship, magic, and a murder mystery into something moving, real, and distinctly original.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 38 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 08, 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #220,602 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,026 in Coming of Age Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#14,657 in Coming of Age Fiction (Books)
#17,862 in Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
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Rose Lovell has arrived in the small town of Leonora in tropical Queensland with her drifter father. They have been on the road with their caravan constantly moving from one town to another since Rose's mother died when she was young. She know she doesn't fit in at the local high school and is amazed when she makes a friend in Pearl, a popular girl who lives with her Mum in a flat over their crystal and new age shop. Pearl and Rose are both at that age where they have just emerged from childhood into that beauty characteristic of very young women and have no idea of the effect they have on men. Pearl is organising the High School float in the annual parade and is adamant that Rose must have a dress made so she can join in. When Rose goes to see an old dressmaker, rumoured to be a witch, living in a decaying cottage at the foot of a mountain she is drawn in to her stories of the mountain and the rainforest.
This is a beautifully written book, very evocative and lyrical with atmospheric descriptions of the rainforest and the hidden bays of tropical Queensland. The cane cutters are waiting for the end of a long wet season and against the tension of everyone waiting for the humid weather to break is the tension that something is going to happen.In fact we know that something as happened as each chapter starts with a detective from Cairns who is investigating the disappearance of a girl. However, the author skillfully doesn't reveal what really did happen until the end of the book so the suspense stays high as we try to work it out. Although written for young adults this is a book that will be enjoyed by all adults.
Rose Lovell is fifteen years old with flowing red hair and freckles. She and her alcoholic father, Patrick, arrive in the beach town of Leonora (Australia) in their caravan. Leonora will just be one more town where Patrick will park the caravan until he gets "itchy feet" and decides to uproot his daughter yet again. Rose is used to it. She's used to not being in one town long enough to make friends. She's used to not fitting in. She's lonely. She misses her Mother who died when Rose was just five years old.
Then Rose meets Pearl Kelly.
Pearl is the quintessential "it" girl in High School. She's beautiful and popular and just so nice. It just doesn't seem possible that on the very first day of school, Rose Lovell and Pearl Kelly will become best friends.
The girls couldn't be more opposite. Pearl is a sweet summer's day and Rose is the dark of a storm.
Pearl convinces Rose that she just must be in the town's biggest event, The Harvest Festival Parade. For this Rose will need a dress~~something that she can ill afford. A solution to this problem is that elderly dress maker and town outcast, Edie Baker, will take Rose under her wing and help her to make the dress of her dreams.
Edie Baker lives on the outskirts of town in a crumbling house that was once beautiful. The folks in town swear that Edie is a witch. With each sewing session comes a story of Edie's life. And with each sewing session the dress becomes more and more beautiful and mystical.
At the beginning of each chapter of THE MIDNIGHT DRESS we're teased with the ending. The author gives us glimpses into the investigation into the case of the missing girl in the midnight blue dress as she tells us the dark and mysterious events leading up to that night of the Harvest Festival Parade.
"I'll tell you another part of the ending. I don't want you to look if it hurts you. Close your eyes. She says, 'What are you doing here'? He says, 'It's you.' Just as surprised. His words come out in a breath. He smiles... 'I'm waiting for someone,' she says. Her heel catches on a stone; she wobbles smiles in return. 'Don't', he says. 'Just stay.'"
Told in a lyrical prose that flows with ease, this book was hard to look away from. You could feel the palpable anticipation growing as the story unfolds. Karen Foxlee has crafted a tale that transcends the boundaries of genre. Marketed as a Young Adult book, I can tell you that this not-so-young adult was enthralled.