Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen

IMG_2371“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. 

Most Anticipated July Releases

July 2016 is a great month for new releases.  There are a lot of books I have my eye on, however there are five standouts that I’m really looking forward to:


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
Anything Harry Potter related will always make the top of my list.  This is a play based on a new original story in which Harry is an employee of The Ministry of Magic and a father of three.

“It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.”

The Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
I absolutely love Victoria Schwab’s writing and the premise of her latest book looks like another page-turner.

“There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.”

Eva Sleeps by Francesca Melandri, Katherine Gregor (Translator)
“A bestselling novel in Italy, soon to be a motion picture directed by Edoardo Winspeare, and Elle magazine’s book of the year, Eva Sleeps is a sweeping modern story about family, forgiveness, and conflict. At its heart is the story of a woman searching for the truth about her origins.”  I really like the sound of the international and mystery aspects of this novel. Continue reading “Most Anticipated July Releases”