Review: Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen

Review: Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen

Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen 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.

Review: Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. RosenTitle: Nine Women, One Dress
Author: Jane L. Rosen
Publisher: Doubleday
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: July 12, 2016
Rating: three-stars

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…


❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen

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.

❀ Many Stories Woven Together

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.

❀ Too Short to be enjoyable

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.

❀ Interesting Concept

Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen 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.

Book Quotes: Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen

“I hope you’re not disappointed- the movie’s not very good. And speaking of scrutiny, there’s a chance that your face will be plastered all over the papers tomorrow. You realize that, right?”

About Jane L. Rosen

Jane L Rosen

Jane L. Rosen is an author and Huffington Post contributor. She lives in New York City and Fire Island with her husband and three daughters. Her first novel Nine Women, One Dress was translated into ten languages. Her second novel Eliza Starts a Rumor won the Zibby Award for Best Sophomore Novel. A Shoe Story is being released June 22 and On Fire Island , June 23.


About Lori

Avid reader. Contributor to The Candid Cover. Educator.

9 thoughts on “Review: Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen

  1. Laura says:

    Thanks for the review. The premise sounds like something I might be interested in, but I think I’d be too disappointed in the lack of character development. Good to know before picking it up!

  2. sydneyeditor1 says:

    Oooh, your teaser got me curious about this one and I’ve been wondering about whether I should read it. Not sure now, but I appreciate the honesty of your review.

  3. Luxe @ Mind of Luxe says:

    The teaser you shared got me really interested in this one. But I need to at least get to know the character a bit more (if not love them) to enjoy the book more. Great review, this is very helpful. <3

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