Five single, fiercely independent women live together in a Chicago apartment in the early 1950s, but they rarely see each other.
One Saturday afternoon, as they are serendipitously together downtown, they spy a wedding dress in a storefront window at the famous Carson Pirie Scott & Co. After trying it on -- much to the dismay of the salesclerk and without a single serious boyfriend between the five of them -- they decide to pool their money to purchase it. Can a brush with fate and one beautiful dress forever stitch together the lives of five very different women as they take their own journeys to love and whatever comes happily ever after?
Wow! This is the kind of story that comes to life the minute you start reading, I was so immersed in the lives of the characters that I'm convinced I actually slept on their couch a night or two! The time period is perfect -- maybe because I've seen so many movies set in the fifties and it was easy to visualize everything from the fashion to the architecture -- even the hairstyles. In fact, I cast period actresses to play the role of each young woman. It seemed to me that Everson captured the essence of that era -- especially the opportunities opening up to women after the war and the push/pull that resulted between work and home.
And, honestly, who can resist five love stories for the price of one? Each totally unique, and not without a dose of heartache, not to mention some mistakes along the way. The author has created five very distinct heroines with personal obstacles to overcome. I especially appreciated reading about each girl's faith journey. Loved the overall unity in a common goal even though they represented diverse denominations and were at different places on their journey. Five Brides not only delighted my heart, it fed my soul.
And, in case you're curious about who I cast to play the heroines in Five Brides -- here they are. You'll have to read the book to see if you agree.
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