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Holly Would Dream

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by Karen Quinn

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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,


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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"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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Meet the Author

Karen Quinn has tutored scores of children and taught hundreds of parents how to work with their own kids to prepare them for the rigorous kindergarten admissions tests for Manhattan's most in-demand programs. She has been a featured expert on school admissions on ABC's 20/20 and The View and in The New York Times, Forbes, Redbook, Woman's Day, and more. Karen is also the author of three novels: Holly Would Dream, The Ivy Chronicles and Wife in the Fast Lane. She lives in Miami, FL with her husband and two children. Visit her at www.karenquinn.net.

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Holly Would Dream 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so poorly written it is difficult to read. The characters are flat and stupid. I feel completely ripped off.
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Lizbiz5396 More than 1 year ago
I found out about this book while browsing around on Barnes and Noble's website. When I read the synopsis I thought that this book had to have been written for me! I am a HUGE Audrey Hepburn fan and often wish my life resembled one of her movies, one of her movies with a happy ending of course! When I got the book and started reading, I found it a little difficult to get in to. I noticed I wasn't dying to pick it up. When I did read it, I wasn't unable to put it down. I was somewhat disappointed. I found Holly's character a bit annoying at times. I don't know why. Also, I found the story to begin kind of slowly. About halfway through I thought it started to get really good. I will say that I was happy with the second half of the book, but all in all, being an avid Audrey Hepburn fan and relating so well to the synopsis, I would say this book was a good read, I am glad I read it, I would recommend it to others, but it was not the kind of book that I absolutely could not put down.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was soooooooooooooooooo scrumptious. I snuck it in at every possible opportunity, even taking mini 'reading breaks' at work (shhh! Don't tell!) and it was absolutely the most fun read I've ever had. I love Holly (and Denis - especially Denis ) and I really hope this book gets made into a film. She has a wicked-fun sense of humour and I LOVED all of her clever metaphors. Her characters were hilarious and the sex scenes were YUM (literally - strawberry jam, anyone?). This is a totally delectable read, and inspiring to boot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Karen Quinn since 'The Ivy Chronicles', and once again was wonderfully entertained by her new book. If you enjoy a fun summer read then I'd tell you to give this one a try...enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved and savored every last delicious drop of this novel. This book is AMAZING! It is pure pleasure packed into 400 or so pages! Inspired by Audrey Hepburn movies, Holly Would Dream is a modern-day fairy tale--a romantic comedy that sparkles, not only with the easy glamour of Hepburn and the 1950s, but also with the sass and spirit of Mama Gena and the School of Womanly Arts. Following the gorgeous and goofy Holly on her hilarious quest to lure in a big donation for her fashion museum, retrieve stolen museum gowns, and beguile the unsuspecting guy was the most fun I've had reading a book in a long time! Holly Would Dream is an incredible, laugh-out-loud book. (Seriously, when was the last time you laughed out loud while reading?) I highly HIGHLY recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Karen Quinn has created an amazing adventure with Holly. I adore how she brings her characters to life. You'll love the settings and the references to fashion. The characters were as meticulously described and designed as the vintage/designer clothing that Holly so adored! You'll want to wrap yourself up in this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Holly Would Dream is such a fun read that I stayed up late and got up early to find out what happened next. I love this book, and not just because my dog, Benny the chocolate labradoodle, and I are characters in it. I love it because it's funny, sweet, and has some really wonderful characters who you're sorry to see go at the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 to 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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is perfect for beach, summer vacation, etc. It's a hilarious screwball comedy with quite a few little jolts that make you laugh out loud. Stealth girlie fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 book.
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
A Sweet, Funny, Callback to Classic RomCom Want to read a classic Hollywood movie while at the beach (or anywhere else)? This book's for you. It's kind of a mash-up of classic 50's RomComs - a bit like Sabrina, a bit like Breakfast at Tiffany's, a bit like all the wonderful Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant movies. Light. Funny. We get to sample the world of high-fashion and Serious Money the way Holly does, as a poor girl with her nose pressed against the Tiffany's window, looking wistfully in. Couture. Cruising. Crime. Gotta love Holly's father, Pops, panhandler by day, dogsitter by night, who cleans up to be quite the ladies' man. I even learned things, like in the post 9-11 times, going into the bathroom of an airplane in flight with a partner to join the Mile High Club will get the Department of Homeland Security to take a close and personal interest in your horny self. How vintage couture clothing is maintained to preserve its value. That cruise ships have their own morgues. Holly's orthodontic headgear, and meeting the man destined to be Very Important, while wearing it, coke bottle glasses, and garbage bags on her feet. Penis King. The three-legged cat. Magda the big butted bride and the wedding in the funeral parlor. I think I laughed on almost every page of this book, it was so much fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book four times in a row! I know, crazy! But it was such a great read! Karen Quinn captures the essence of an Audrey adventure and created a lovable cast of characters! For anyone who enjoys Audrey Hepburn and wants to escape into an modern version of one of her stories, this book is for you!
favoritebooks More than 1 year ago
I loved, loved, LOVED this book!! It was so fun!! I haven't seen any of the movies referenced in this book, but that doesn't matter. This book was so much fun to read. The only hiccup is when, suddenly our main character describes illicit sex and uses crass language. Now, usually I'm a fan of those elements, but felt that here, it was like hitting a tire-popping-pot-hole. Those elements just didn't fit this novel. But I got past that and back to the totally great characters and the fantasy adventure that could only happen to Holly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me tell you, I finished reading your book in 8 hours 'in total over 3 days'. I could not put it down! From the moment I started reading, my excitement and curiosity drew me deeper and deeper into it. I felt as if I was Holly, and I was right there standing next to her. I felt like I was watching a movie in my mind, I could vividly see every thing she did, every place she went and every kiss she felt on her face. This book not only bring Audrey Hepburn to life, it defines the pleasure revolution that each of us are trying to live everyday. I can not express how much I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. The title is a wink to one of Audrey Hepburn's most famous roles, and charming moments from her 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...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another slam dunk page-turner from one of my favorite authors, Karen Quinn. This book takes you on a fabulous adventure from New York to the Greek islands with a stop over in Rome. My favorite part was the insiders look on what really happens inside of a fashion museum. I just wish the book hadn't ended so quickly!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored 'Holly Would Dream'! It is a delightful, funny, and captivating tale about a young woman obsessed with Audrey Hepburn and who desires to live the style, romance and the absolute perfection of a Hepburn movie. 'Don't we all?' I love all of Karen Quinn's work: each book is more enjoyable than the last. 'btw, I absolutely cannot wait for her stories to hit the big screen. I heard that 'The Ivy Chronicles' might star Sarah Jessica Parker, fun, fun, fun!!'. 'Holly Would Dream' is my favorite book by Karen Quinn so far, though. Holly is completely lovable, genuine and funny and her exciting and glamorous adventures in the world of fashion and high society are so much fun. An added bonus to reading 'Holly Would Dream' is that it may inspire you on a treasure hunt to discover all 125 of Karen Quinn's clever winks and nods to the romantic movies of Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. A good excuse to watch these wonderful, dreamy movies again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a fun book - I ate it up like a delicious piece of candy. Karen creates characters that you root for 'or against' from the very beginning and can't wait to find out what happens in the end. I was riveted from start to finish!