Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen

You can tell based on my blog posts that I don’t read a lot of chick lit. I don’t have anything against the genre but I tend to always pick dystopian novels or mysteries or fantasies. Chick lit, while not being a genre that I avoid, isn’t one that I seek. However, after reading Sophie Kinsella’s latest book, My Not-So-Perfect Life, I wanted to see what else was out there in this genre. And that’s how I stumbled onto this novel.

Natalie is a salesgirl at Bloomingdale’s who is still heartbroken over her ex-boyfriend. Felicia has been quietly in love with her married boss for 20 years; now that he is a widower, she is looking for the chance to show him that she could make him happy. Andrea is a private detective who specializes on cheating husbands but is stumped by her latest case. For these 3 women and the rest of the characters in the novel, everything is about to change, thanks to the perfect dress: a little black number that everyone is dying to get their hands on.

This was a really cute book, told from various different perspectives. Some characters only had one chapter, whereas others had their stories progress throughout the novel. Either way, this novel showed that it was more than just about a dress. The dress was the connecting factor but through it all, we get a deeper glimpse into the character’s personality, their past, their hopes and dreams for the future. It was a sweet novel, the kind of book you want to curl up with on a nice day, the kind of story that puts a smile on your face. As a chick lit, this novel definitely delivered!

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