Let me count the ways in which I loved Little Black Dress by Susan McBride! Books like this one are the reason I love to read! Little Black Dress is a book about family relationships along with a magical twist on the story that I loved. I was literally enthralled with this story and the pages just flew by. I became so invested in the characters lives that I have to say I was very sorry to see the book end. Isn’t always those books that you love that you find just too short!
Antonia Ashton is in charge of her life. She’s worked hard to build up a thriving business as a wedding planner and she’s finally in a steady relationship but still she can’t help but feel things just aren’t right when her boyfriend asks her to move in with him instead of proposing. In an instant though her life is unhinged when she gets a phone call that her mother has suffered a massive stroke forcing her to head home to Blue Hills. She hasn’t been back in years, not since her father passed away, and she’s not looking forward to it at all.
Antonia’s mother Evie has always seemed distant to her but she does love her. After seeing her mother in the hospital, Toni heads to the old Victorian house she grew up in. She is stunned to learn that her mother hasn’t been keeping up with things very well. Even more surprising than the clutter is the attic full of secrets. Toni has always avoided anything to do with her family history but now she’s finding that she wants to know more and she wants to unravel all these family secrets that are casting shadows over everything.
This novel is told in alternating chapters which encompass the past and the present. In the past we learn about Evie and her sister Anna and all the turmoil between them, we learn of Evie and Jon’s love and the interesting way in which in Toni is born. In the chapters about Toni we get to know her hopes and dreams, how at forty-six she still longs for the dream man and wedding. While her mother is in a coma Toni spends her time trying to unravel the past and, in doing that, begins to learn more about herself and what she truly wants from her life. Interwoven in both the past and the present is the little black dress with the power to change lives.
Little Black Dress is such a well told story. The characters are so real and you just can’t help but love them and hope that all turns out well for them. The journey that all the women take – Evie, Anna, and Toni – is complicated at times but ultimately love of family and their connection together brings them all back to each other. I also really enjoyed the mother/daughter aspect of this novel. While Toni and Evie didn’t always see eye to eye Toni knew that she still wanted more time with her mother to mend fences and her mother felt the same. This novel is just a great family saga and one really worth reading! I thoroughly enjoyed it!
I read Little Black Dress by Susan McBride for her book tour with TLC Book Tours. Be sure to pop into the other tour stops to see what they thought of the novel and visit Susan McBride’s website to learn more about her work. You can purchase your copy of Little Black Dress here in the US and here in Canada.
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My copy of Little Black Dress by Susan McBride was received for review from TLC Book Tours and the Publisher.
The more I hear about this book, the more I want to read it…
I agree with Kailana. Lots of great reviews of this book. These books can be so comforting.
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Yay, I'm excited to see this book is so good! I really enjoy McBride's work, so I'm really not surprised.
Another great review for this book! This will be on my tbr list for sure. I was going to skip it, but the reviews for it have been so great that I think I need to read it too.
I have been reading a lot of reviews on this book, and think that yours convinces me that this is a really involving and thoughtful read. I like it when you can root for the characters in a book and when the outcome of their predicaments are compelling, so this one sounds like it would really work for me. Great review, Dar, as usual 🙂
Great review – I'm glad you enjoyed it so much; all the other reviews I've seen are positive as well. There's nothing like a good read! :–)
Great review as usual. I just received this book in the mail from a giveaway win. I'm excited to get to it.
I saw this at another place and it does sound good 🙂 And this review made me realize it more (since it was not a review I read before 😉
Wow, what a rave review! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed this one as much as you did. Thanks for being a part of the tour!
I could not completely agree with you more that books we love are never long enough. True, true!! I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed this one so much and of course I'm going to check it out after hearing this 🙂
Great review Dar! I'm putting this one on my tbr list. A neat story with a bit of mystery, how cool can you get?
Jenny Girl says
Wonderful review Darlene. From the title alone I wouldn't think to pick this one up, but it has gotten such great reviews, and I like the twist with the dress. Thanks for the recommendation 🙂
Alice Teh says
Wonderful review, Dar. I might get it on Kindle if it’s available…