Legend has it that every season there is one dress. The dress that can make your career, ignite a spark with that special someone, or 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…
The Dress is one of those books that just makes you incredibly happy – going in, I had no idea how the story would unfold; how nine women could tell their story in such a way that I would remember them all, but the way the book is written is fantastic. It’s almost like a series of short stories, often coming back to characters as their story advances, and they’re all woven together thanks to this amazing little black dress. It’s amazing how one dress can change so many lives, bringing people together, healing hurts; the book really has the most amazing, magical quality.
It’s really hard for me to put into words how good this book was. It completely captivated me and I was so caught up in all the little stories, all the histories that came before the dress, and it just really, really touched me. It’s so charming, so witty and so quick to read; the chapters are short and snappy, no hanging about here – this dress means business! Somehow, in under 300 pages, Jane L Rosen has managed to make me care about so many different people, so many different lives – be it Natalie, a sales girl at Bloomies, or Felicia, in love with her boss who is oblivious (this was, by far, my favourite tale), Andie Rand, a private detective and so many more. Each story was so full of heart, and you might think with such short chapters you’ll barely get to know any of the characters but it’s just not true, they all stand out so perfectly.
I absolutely adored The Dress. It gave me incredible, amazing feels, and it had me ITCHING to try and go and find myself this dress, despite the fact it’s fictional. Sigh. Such is life. I truly believed in the magic of the dress, in the simple fact that simply by existing this dress changed lives and I’m so blown away by how fantastic a writer Jane is. It one of the most beautiful books inside and out (just LOOK at that cover!) and I devoured every page as quickly as I could, because I didn’t want to miss a scene of this gorgeous, gorgeous book.