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A high school graduate, undecided about her future, finds the three summer months spent working in her cousin's dress shop a decisive element in choosing a career.
Published 1967 by William Morrow
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I've owned this book for years and never read it because I thought it was about a shy country cousin who went to live with her city cousins who bullied her. It turns out that that is not what the book is about! Mindy's struggles to figure out who she is and what she wants out of life will ring true with readers today. Although readers today won't have the luxury of deciding to apply to college in the summer right before college. I always find the descriptions of clothes to be fascinating.

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I was always a big Betty Cavanna fan, and I enjoyed the descriptions of the clothes at the store in this book, particularly one scene where the heroine had to decide whether to buy a sharp white bathing suit to show off her tan.
Country girl Mindy, graduated from high school with no clear direction for her future, goes to work at The Country Cousin, a trendy dress shop run by her capable, widowed cousin Alix. She learns a lot about herself and her capabilities, and decides to try to learn fashion design once she has received a little positive feedbadk about her own sewing and design. She even learns to evaluate the boys she meets more realistically, and finds romance with pal Dana, who is studying in Paris when Alix and ...more
One of my all time favorites. Makes me want to be on the Main Line. mindy is such a great heroine.
This book always makes me crave homemade cookies. From a cookie jar.
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American juvenile author (full name: Elizabeth Allen) Betty Cavanna suffered from a crippling disease, infantile paralysis, as a child, which she eventually overcame with treatment and exercise. During her convalescence, attentive adults read to her until she was old enough to read to herself, beginning a long love affair with books.

Cavanna majored in journalism at the New Jersey College for Women
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