Update – I have amended yesterday’s review in light of new information.
Legend has it that every season there is one dress.
The dress that can make your career
The dress to ignite a spark with that special someone
The dress to 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…
My Rating: 3.5/5
Update: For some reason when I read the book I thought there was more than one copy of the dress that was being worn by different people, turns out I was wrong and it is actually the same dress that everyone wears. There are different sizes mentioned and the dress goes in and out of Bloomingdale’s a few times and I think that is what caused my misunderstanding but hopefully this update has clarified things. Apologies for any confusion or misleading information.
Review: I liked the premise of this book, that wearing one dress even for a short time could make things happen that will change your life forever. It starts off, unsurprisingly, by introducing us to this amazing dress, the person who made it and the model wearing it as it is discovered by those who will turn it into the dress, the dress of the season. After this we are introduced, one by one to the people who are affected by this dress and we get to see the effect it has on their lives and how it changes them.
Other than the dress itself affecting different people’s lives I didn’t really feel there was much connection between the people who wore it which meant that I got less depth of character and insight into the characters lives than I would have liked. Perhaps less women wearing it might have made a difference, I don’t know but because of the lack of depth I didn’t really feel anything for any of the characters other than Felicia and Arthur. For some reason those two stood out amongst the rest and I loved reading their story.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a good book, it’s a light and easy read and definitely what I would call escapism as it spirits you along from one person to the next. We get a glimpse into each persons life and the effect the dress has on them before we move onto someone else and they find the dress and experience it for themselves. The people affected by the dress are definitely a diverse bunch and it has humour and some life lessons in parts. For me though it was a little lacking, hence the rating, a bit more background and detail and I would have rated it higher but, it’s definitely an enjoyable way to spend a lazy afternoon when you want to be whisked away to New York and to believe that one item of clothing really can change your life.
Many thanks to the published for letting me have a copy to review.
Author bio: Jane L. Rosen is an author, screenwriter and Huffington Post contributor. She lives in New York City and Fire Island with her husband and three daughters. She often takes inspiration from the city she lives in and the people she shares it with. In addition to her writing she has spent time in television and event production and is the co-founder of a gifting app called ItsAllGravy.com.