“A beautiful dress holds a little bit of magic in it.”
Consisting of a series of little stories with a specific little black dress as the connecting thread, Nine Women, One Dress is a lovely book to get lost in over the summer months. While I originally thought the novel would be nine separate stories about nine different women, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was told through many different points of view. There are of course the interesting female characters, which included a salesgirl at Bloomingdales, an executive assistant in love with her boss, a private detective, and a young up and coming model. Also included are the perspectives of the men, such as the famous Hollywood actor, the salesman at Bloomingdales, the boss of the executive assistant, and also the creator of the famous “it” dress, among many others.
Each little story is interesting and engaging as it skips from one character to the next, slowly leading the reader to the conclusion of each narrative. The layout and presentation of the book as a whole is very well done, creating a lovely little collection that is funny, sweet, and heartwarming. I particularly enjoyed the use of the little black dress as a connecting thread, and viewing the dress from the perspective of the creator, the fashion industry, and of course the woman who wears it. Each character is compelling in their own way and each narrative offers something amusing. The style of storytelling is very comparable to the movie Love Actually, so if you are a fan of that then this is a book for you. A charming, delightful summer read.