June 28, 2015

Five Brides


Five Brides, by Eva Marie Everson, is a charming story. Ms. Everson is a new-to-me author who has captured another fan (me!) with her writing style, pacing, imagination, and endearing storytelling.

Travel back to 1950s Chicago, where the stories of five interesting and unique women unfolds. One weekend, the five roommates go shopping together and see a beautiful wedding dress in a store window. On a whim, they decide to try it on and they’re hooked. Pooling their money together, they purchase it—no matter that not one of them has a prospective groom to go with it.

Now isn’t that an intriguing story concept? It certainly netted me.  The time period gives this story a nice flavor, and the peek into each girl’s life kept my interest.

Julie smiled. “I will tell you exactly what Miss Evelyn told me the week before I married her son. Start to finish. How they all met in Chicago, how they saw the dress for the first time, and about the days each of them wore it.” ~page 3

I enjoyed the time period, plot, descriptions, story – the only drawback being I wanted more. Because the characters are from diverse societies and upbringings, it isn’t difficult to distinguish who is who, but I wish the author had delved a bit deeper into each individual. I wanted to know more about them. (That’s not all bad, I suppose. It’s good that I cared enough to want more!)

A fun, full read, with easy-to-love characters. And I have to mention—what a gorgeous cover!

4 Stars

Cover: Love it
Title: Love it
Publisher: Tyndale Publishers, Inc.
Pages: 475
First Lines (prologue): The phone on the hotel’s bedside table, startling Julie Bowland from her near-nap. She jerked upright, placed her feet on the plush carpet between the two beds, and reached for the handset. “Hello?” she said, her voice shaking.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy from Tyndale House. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.