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review 2017-10-06 19:41
Charmante Lektüre für Zwischendurch
Ein Kleid von Bloomingdale's: Roman - Jane L Rosen,Stefanie Retterbush

Manchen Kleidern liegt ein Zauber inne. Sei es nur deshalb, weil sie in der aktuellen Saison als ‚das‘ Kleid gehandelt werden. Nichts ist so charmant wie das kleine Schwarze, das bei jeder Frau für alle Fälle im Kleiderschrank hängt. Wenn sie keines hat, dann findet es sich bestimmt bei Bloomingdale’s.

„Ein Kleid von Bloomingdale’s“ ist ein bezauberndes Märchen mitten aus dem New Yorker Alltag gegriffen. Dieses ganz besondere Kleid ist nicht nur das Kleid der Saison, sondern geht durch viele Hände und wird von etlichen Damen getragen.

In kurzen knackigen Kapiteln wechseln sich die Stationen des Kleides ab. Manch eine Trägerin schmachtet schon jahrzehntelang dem Chef hinterher. Die andere ist ein halbwüchsiges Model, das sich fragt, warum es nicht auf der Farm der Eltern geblieben ist. Es sind Ehefrauen, solche die es werden wollen, und manche, die diesen Zustand tunlichst vermeiden möchten. Aber eines haben sie allesamt gemeinsam: das kleine Schwarze von Bloomingdale’s sieht einfach an jeder Frau gut aus.

Dabei flattert das Kleid selbst wie ein verzauberter Schmetterling durch vieler Menschen Leben und bringt neben formvollendeten Stil viel Freude mit. 

Ich hätte mir nicht gedacht, dass mir diese kurzweilige Geschichte so gut gefällt, weil ich eher mit einer sehr oberflächlichen Lektüre gerechnet habe. Immerhin geht es um ein Kleid! Doch auf den zweiten Blick merkt man, wie viel in einem Kleid manchmal steckt und wofür es eigentlich stehen kann:

„Niemand macht sich die Mühe wochenlang den perfekten Pullover oder die perfekte Bluse zu suchen, aber die Suche nach dem perfekten Kleid kann eine Frau durch sämtliche Kaufhäuser und Boutiquen Manhattans führen“ (S. 239)

Zwar strotzt es nicht gerade vor Tiefsinn, doch bringt es schöne Lesestunden in stilvollendeter Eleganz ins Bücherregal. Es geht hier nicht einfach um ein Kleid, sondern dieses Kleid steht stellvertretend für ein Lebens- und Selbstwertgefühl, das man sich von Zeit zu Zeit schon einmal gönnen darf. 

„… nicht ihre schlecht sitzenden Schuhe haben Aschenputtel genügend Selbstbewusstsein verliehen, um zum Ball zu gehen, sondern das Kleid. Das Kleid hat sie zu einer Prinzessin gemacht!“ (S. 239)

Ich finde es wunderbar mit wie viel Charme und Esprit Jane L. Rosen ihren Figuren auf die Sprünge hilft. Dabei reicht sie dieses exklusive Kleid als Hilfestellung rum und entreisst es ihnen  genauso rasch wieder. Richtig hinreissend ist, dass man wie eine Feder vom Wind getragen von Schicksal zu Schicksal schwebt, und schaut, was sich im Leben der nächsten potentiellen Trägerin zuträgt.

Hingegen darf man sich vom federleichten Schreibstil der Autorin nicht täuschen lassen, weil sie es - wie die Verkäufer bei Bloomingdale’s - faustdick hinter den Ohren hat.

„Ein Kleid von Bloomingdale’s“ ist eine bezaubernde Zwischendurchlektüre, die mit Charme und Stil - und einem verschwörerischem Augenzwinkern - märchenhaft überzeugen kann.

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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review 2017-06-15 20:29
Nine Women, One Dress
Nine Women, One Dress: A Novel - Jane L Rosen

Yikes. I went in liking the idea behind following nine women who are all tied to the same small Little Black Dress (LBD) but after a few chapters there were way too many people to track. The book included following some men as well which made things doubly confusing. And after a while it just felt like we got a few short paragraphs per chapter and would skip ahead to someone else.

 

I was hoping more for a book set up like the The Secret Lives of Dresses.

 

I wish that I could pick out one character that I liked the most, but honestly I can't even recall someone that is standing out in my mind right now. The model turned actress character was interesting, but honestly I found her whole rise to stardom to be implausible in this day and age with so many insta-models becoming the new hot thing. And the Hollywood leading men character was not believable at all. Maybe because I had some friends who dated actors/actresses and they all had some stories to tell.

What could have worked better for me is if we followed the elderly (male) dress designer as he worked on designing a dress and each chapter would show a different woman coming to Bloomingdale's finding THE DRESS and wearing it a pivotal part in their lives. I think that is where Rosen was going, but it just got lost with the shifting perspectives.

 

And I am going to say it seemed like to me she got bored towards the end since the chapters were so choppy. And then everyone got a happy ending (well except for one character who I could not figure out who it was).

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review 2016-07-13 00:00
Nine Women, One Dress: A Novel
Nine Women, One Dress: A Novel - Jane L Rosen http://booksandchat.blogspot.com/2016/07/book-description-charming-hilarious.html


Does the woman make the dress, or does the dress make the woman?

I think that there is really a lot of truth to this cliché and we are encouraged through this book to understand that while clothing makes for great outward armor, we really can’t be more than we are deep down inside. Yes, a lovely fitting dress can do wonders for our ego and even go a long way to giving us some courage at times. But if we are a horrible person inside, no matter what kind of clothing we wear, we will still be that same horrible person.

I have never read a book written in an almost vignette style like this has. The first third of the book is spent by exploring a bit of the lives that this dress is going to touch. From the very first person to wear this dress in the prologue, to the pattern maker who built this miraculous dress, we are introduced in very short chapters to everyone.

The second third goes into more detail about these lives and some of these couples find themselves in some very funny situations.

The last third looks at these couples in even more depth and bring to conclusion that everyone will get what they either desire or deserve. I understand that some readers are a bit out off by the brevity of the character building, but I just didn’t see it that way. I think this book would have been a big letdown for me if it had been written differently. Yes, this is a fairly short book coming in at less than 300 pages and for sure I was so entranced by everyone’s lives that I may have wanted more – but what we did get was like having the perfect meal and you still had room for dessert without getting sick!

This book even had something for every age bracket. It is so difficult for me to find satisfying romances for my age group, but the author managed to hit everything from New Adults to the middle aged and she did it splendidly!

*ARC Supplied by publisher
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review 2016-06-08 20:13
Nine Women, One Dress: A Novel - Jane L Rosen

#NINEWOMENONEDRESS  AVAILABLE 7/12/16  LOVED IT!  4 STARS  @janelrosen1 @doubledaybooks  This wasn't like I thought it was going to be, but it was still a very good read. The telling of the horror stories by the sales clerks was pretty humorous. Actually there were several parts that were humorous. There were also some sad parts as well, some happy parts and some parts that made you want to just stand up and cheer.

It was a little confusing at times keeping up with all the characters and the different stories. However, the author always put some hint in that particular chapter to remind you who this was, so that helped a lot.

I can honestly say that I found the book to be pretty entertaining and I would recommend it to my friends.

Thanks to Doubleday Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-05-19 03:47
NINE WOMEN, ONE DRESS by Jane L. Rosen
Nine Women, One Dress: A Novel - Jane L Rosen

How much fun was this book?! I LOVED it! Such a clever way to create a story and characters. Fantastic! Pure reading enjoyment. I want to hug this book but it was an e-copy. I'll just hug my Kindle.

 

 

 

**Special thanks to DoubleDay Books for the DRC, which was won through Keep Turning the Pages book group.

 

~ Fifth book completed in #CleanSweepARC Challenge. ~

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