Published by Doubleday on July 12th 2016
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A charming, hilarious, irresistible romp of a novel that brings together nine unrelated women, each touched by the same little black dress that weaves through their lives, bringing a little magic with it.
Natalie is a Bloomingdale’s salesgirl mooning over her lawyer ex-boyfriend who’s engaged to someone else after just two months. Felicia has been quietly in love with her happily married boss for twenty years; now that he’s a lonely widower, she just needs the right situation to make him see her as more than the best executive assistant in Midtown Manhattan. Andrea is a private detective specializing in gathering evidence on cheating husbands—a skill she unfortunately learned from her own life—and can’t figure out why her intuition tells her the guy she’s tailing is one of the good ones when she hasn’t trusted a man in years. For these three women, as well as half a dozen others in sparkling supporting roles—a young model fresh from rural Georgia, a diva Hollywood star making her Broadway debut, an overachieving, unemployed Brown grad who starts faking a fabulous life on social media, to name just a few—everything is about to change, thanks to the dress of the season, the perfect little black number everyone wants to get their hands on…
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Nine Women, One Dress is a stand alone story by Jane L. Rosen.
Morris Siegel is an elderly man, a pattern maker who is on the verge of retirement. He is thrilled to know that the last pattern he has designed is a dress that he is sure will be a hit. He feels it in his bones, and is pleased that he will go out with a bang. The little black dress is born!
The first woman we see wear the dress is a newbie runway model. She’s a small town girl from the South and is finding life in New York a trial. Will the fact that she is modelling the dress have a huge impact on her life?
That is the premise of this whole book, many people have an interaction with the dress and each one of them has a story to tell. There is a movie star, a sales assistant, a secretary, a widowed man, a private detective, a gay man, muslim girls, a spoilt actress, a doctor, and an undertaker just to mention some of the characters. Their stories all intertwine thanks to the dress, and the continuity is perfect. The stories are of love, betrayal, and with tears of happiness and sadness aplenty to be had. And it all comes back at the end to Morris Siegel and his retirement party. The perfect way to bring the book full circle after having shared the lives of the wonderful characters.
It’s a wonderful feel good book that despite me thinking might be confusing with all the stories, wasn’t! It all worked so well, each story was so believable, and most of the characters so loveable. The story I loved the most was the one involving the widower. I won’t say any thing else, suffice to say, if you are an old romantic like I am, you will love his story too.
All in all I can’t recommend this book enough, it left me smiling and wanting to add the author to my list of favourites. That’s saying something considering I normally prefer historical romances to contemporary ones.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book.