I received an ARC from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Nine Women, One Dress
Author: Jane L. Rosen
Publication Date: July 12, 2016
Summary (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…
This fun sounding story is a short, quirky read that is jam-packed with a full cast of characters. There are so many characters, in fact, that there is bound to be one that everyone can relate to. Some of the stories intertwine, which give them a little more depth and interest, while others are short and sweet. Due to the fact that the advanced copy is a scant 257 pages, there needs to be more detail and character development to make these stories that much more entertaining.
Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen starts off with a bang and jumps right into the first couple of stories. We meet a few of the characters, including the designer of the famous black dress that weaves the parts of the book together. Honestly, the number of personalities that are introduced in the book never seems to stop multiplying. It became difficult to really follow along with some of the stories because of the sheer multitude of characters in the book. I would have preferred fewer characters in this book so that there could be some more focus and depth given to them.
As the synopsis states, there are a couple of stories that make up more of the book than some of the others. The different storylines do weave together a little bit through a sales person at Bloomingdales. Even though, there is an attempt at making some of the narrative beefier, it was lacking in description and moved on much too fast for my liking. As the novel progresses, it starts to feel like a soap opera and really flits from one story to another.
With very little detail and such quick and often times inconceivable events, I left this book wanting more. For a novel that is attempting to add so many stories and personas, I believe that it should have been a much longer book. I really enjoyed some of the characters and would have liked to know them a little bit better. I actually didn’t get this feeling until almost midway through the book, but the stories just felt as though they were being wrapped up and hurried out the door.
Nine Women, One Dress is a very interesting concept and has some fun elements woven into it. If you enjoy a book that is light, fast-paced and has loads of characters, then this might be right up your alley. I prefer to get to know the characters a little better and needed this one to be a bit more drawn out. It is a great book to read on a holiday, as it is quite short and quick.