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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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review 2016-04-24 00:00
Nine Women, One Dress: A Novel
Nine Women, One Dress: A Novel - Jane L Rosen This is the BEST book I've read in years. It's fantastic!

It's the perfect summer read. I promise.

It's written in first POV, and it's not your regular romance story. There are several protagonists, each with their own story and all are somehow connected to the "little black dress" of the season. Each character is unique in their own way and super funny. There were times I couldn't stop laughing, as there were other times when it had me at "aaw".

This story reminds me of my favorite Spanish TV series called "Velvet". I can say it's all because of the famous dress, the pattern maker, and the crew at Bloomingdale's.

Now I wish this could be made into a movie. It'd be my favorite.
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