Nine Women, One Dress - Jane L. Rosen | ARC Review

Pages: 257, Paperback
Publication date: July 12, 2016
Publisher: Doubleday (Penguin Random House Canada)
How I got the copy: Sent by the publisher
Rating: 5/5

A charming, hilarious, irresistible romp of a novel that brings together nine unrelated women, each touched by the same little black dress that weaves through their lives, bringing a little magic with it.

Natalie is a Bloomingdale’s salesgirl mooning over her lawyer ex-boyfriend who’s engaged to someone else after just two months. Felicia has been quietly in love with her happily married boss for twenty years; now that he’s a lonely widower, she just needs the right situation to make him see her as more than the best executive assistant in Midtown Manhattan. Andrea is a private detective specializing in gathering evidence on cheating husbands—a skill she unfortunately learned from her own life—and can’t figure out why her intuition tells her the guy she’s tailing is one of the good ones when she hasn’t trusted a man in years. For these three women, as well as half a dozen others in sparkling supporting roles—a young model fresh from rural Georgia, a diva Hollywood star making her Broadway debut, an overachieving, unemployed Brown grad who starts faking a fabulous life on social media, to name just a few—everything is about to change, thanks to the dress of the season, the perfect little black number everyone wants to get their hands on…

I think this book is refreshing. It follows numberous women (and a few men) and how the "it" dress of the season effects/changes their lives. 

I read this while I was away on vacation and it was perfect.

Even though each chapter follows a different character, I had no difficulties feeling connected to each character. Each character and their story eventually mends together in some way or another. Ultimately, all these characters get involved in each others lives in different ways and I loved how unique each character's background story is.

There's a big focus on Natalie, a Bloomingdale sales girl, and most of her story is set in Bloomingdale which, to me, felt like such a nice refreshing story of a normal women working but also a little bit old fashion at the same time (I don't know why) but in a good way. Another set of character Nine Women, One Dress focuses on is Arthur Winter (his story is so sweet!) and Felicia, his executive assistant. I won't say more. Both these stories were the ones that stuck out to me the most and that have stayed with me after finishing the book.

Nine Women, One Dress is quick-paced, funny and refreshing. There's romance, heartbreak, family issues and friendship and I personally think this book can be targeted to any age. There are some young characters and there are some older characters all mushed together (and there's romance for both age categories! and I love reading romance novels so, this book was perfectly targeted to me).

It's such a great story and it's fun. If you enjoy reading contemporary fiction, women fiction and humourous novels, I think this book would be a perfect recommendation. This would also be great as a summer read or a beach read for those seasonal readers!


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