Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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…
It’s been a while since I’ve read anything other than YA, so when I checked Nine Women, One Dress out of the library, I knew I was in for something a little different. One part Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and one part rom com, this is a great book to pick up if you’re looking for a light and fluffy read. This story takes the reader on a roundabout journey through the many ladies who had a chance encounter with the perfect little black dress and how their lives changed because of it. We see the characters find love, find success and find themselves all because they wore the right dress at the right time.
Does that sound a bit farfetched? Maybe. But this is a fun, sweet story, my friends. If you’re looking for something deeply profound, this isn’t the story for you. But not every story has to be deeply profound. Sometimes you just want to read something as cute and comfy as the right dress would feel. It’s a quick read, too: at under 300 pages, it’s easy to knock off in a day or two. Special concerns: if you’re not a fan of multiple points of view, this might not be the book for you, since it jumps around between perspectives quite a bit.
- Cover art/book design: 7.5/10 B
- Plot/Concept: 9/10 A
- Main Character: N/A
- Secondary Characters: 7.5/10 B
- Setting/Worldbuilding: 9/10 A
- Writing: 8/10 B+
- Pacing: 7.5/10 B
- Romance: 8/10 B+
- Ending: 9/10 A
- Overall: a solid B+ or 3.25 stars.
But Bex! you say. I thought you liked this one – why only a B+? To be fair, a B+ is still a pretty good grade to get from me. That’s in the average to slightly-above-average zone. I’ll tell you why: this is a book that you tend to enjoy while you’re reading it, but it doesn’t stick with you afterwards. The characters were all fun, but none of them tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Hi! I’m gonna be your fave and you’re gonna love me forever.” There was also a bit of borderline stalking that happened between one of the romantic pairings that made me a little uncomfortable. But there’s a lot to admire here. It’s just a really sweet story. I also think there would be room for a successful film adaptation here. So overall: not mind-blowingly amazing, but a fun read.
Have any of you read Nine Women, One Dress – what did you think? Was there one story in particular that stood out for you?