Legend has it that every season there is one dress. The dress that can make your career, ignite a spark with that special someone, or utterly transform your life. For Felicia, who has been in love with her boss for 20 years; for Natalie who has sworn off men since her ex dumped her – for them and for others, life is about to change.
And all because of their brush with the dress of the season, the perfect little black number that everyone wants to get their hands on…
Today I am really excited to be part of the blog tour for Jane L. Rosen’s novel ‘The Dress’! I was invited to take part in the tour quite some time ago and immediately was excited when I read the description of the book. I loved the idea of a focus on one dress and nine different women who are all connected to that same dress in a particular way, and was curious to discover what the author would manage to do with this idea. Oh, and the book has just a simply beautiful cover as well, I love it and it would already be reason enough for me to want to pick up this book. If you want to know more about the novel, be sure to scroll down and check out my review, but also visit some of the other blogs taking part in the tour; you can find all the blogs on the tour poster!
‘The Dress’ tells the story of nine women who all have one thing in common: a beautiful black dress that happens to be the IT-dress of the season. Pattern maker Morris Siegel has been working within the fashion business for years, but it’s time for him to retire and he plans on saying goodbye with a final dress no woman can say ‘no’ to. The dress sells out everywhere and only a specific set of women gets the chance to actually wear and enjoy it; to experience its magic. Women such as Natalie, who works at Bloomingdale’s and is set on getting back at her ex-boyfriend, and Felicia, who has been in love with her boss for as long as she can remember. This dress is much more than just a piece of clothing, and is destined to change the lives of several women, without them even realising it.
Jane L. Rosen’s ‘The Dress’ is without a doubt one of my favourite reads of 2016 and one I can highly recommend to any chick lit fan out there, or basically anyone looking for their next read. The book has quite a basic idea at its core: nine women all have their own story to tell and their stories are in one way or another connected to the same black dress that’s the IT-dress of the season. All characters are different and introduced to us in relatively short chapters, and we come back to them throughout the novel, while discovering how a lot of the events and people are connected to one another. It was easy to like most of the characters and I was really curious to keep on reading, to discover more, and didn’t feel at any time like I was getting tired of the book or wanted to put it down.
With a big group of characters like this one, it can be a bit tricky to make sure things don’t get confusing, but somehow Jane L. Rosen managed to take care of this in a wonderful way and at no point did I mix up characters or had to go back to re-read something in order to understand it. I could spend a lot of time and space in this review to go into the several characters, which ones I liked best, which stories I thought were the most touching, but I honestly think this novel just needs to be picked up and read, instead of simply reading reviews about it. It really is a simply stunning and wonderfully well-written novel that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish; a fantastic read, so please don’t hesitate to pick it up!