- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; 1st Printing edition (June 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1414397445
- ISBN-13: 978-1414397443
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 116 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,375,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Everson transports readers to the early 1950s with stunning accuracy. The swiftly moving plot keeps you excited to discover what will happen next with each of the characters. There is adequate development of each of the five women; none feel neglected, and all add to the narrative. Authentic and poignant, this story will stay with you long after reading. 4.5 stars (Romantic Times)
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There actually were five women who bought a wedding dress to share from Carson Pierre Scott in the 1950s. And that is what made this book so intriguing to me. It was fun to get inside the heads of these women. Joan, a Brit in America to work and send money home to her family in war ravaged England. Betty, rebelling against her wealthy parents by becoming a working girl. Inga and Magda , Minnesota sisters who are nothing alike. And Evelyn a Georgia farm girl looking for something more in the big city.
Eva Marie’s beautifully crafted story gave me a feel of a time gone by when women weren’t expected to be smart or pursue careers. She also captured the moral standard of the time both the good and the bad. Even with so many main characters the action kept moving. Each woman finds love in unexpected places. (Like readers want it to be easy.) The uniqueness of the relationships and the struggles evolving around them showcased the era with authenticity. Little known events that significantly shaped our world during this time are captured on the pages of this story.
I love Eva Marie’s writing style, it always moves me and the story stays with me long after I’ve read the last page. Five Brides is no exception. Loved, loved, love it.
The wedding dress certainly is part of the book & the wearing of it finalizes each woman's story in the book. I would love to know what happened to each of them as their lives began after putting on the dress but perhaps that is for us to theorize about & not know. A wonderful joyful book, the best I have read in a long time. One of the only books that you could give to a teenager or someone & not be afraid they would be offended by the language. Eva Marie Everson is at the top of my author list & should be on yours also.
Betty and Patrick
Joan and Robert
Inga and Axel
Magda and Barry
Evelyn and Edwin
The five girls begin as roommates and slowly settle in together into their jobs and into their combined friendships. On a rare day, they were all off work and all enjoying an afternoon together, and as they were walking downtown, they see a wedding dress in a store window. They all try it on, and decide to pitch in and buy it. It will be the dress for each of their weddings. Betty was going to be the keeper of the dress and each girl who wore it would have it cleaned after the wedding and returned to Betty. Whoever married last got to keep the dress and hand it down to her daughters or granddaughters. The story opens and closes with Evelyn's daughter telling HER daughter the story of the dress.
The only story that kept me a bit confused was Joan and Robert's story, but it cleared itself up for me in jig time. Eva Marie Everson has taken a post-war world and turned it on its side with five independent, modern women who are trying to take their world by storm. Through their work they all happen to meet the men who seem to be the men of their dreams, and except for Inga, those meetings turn into lifetime commitments. The way Eva Marie Everson has meshed all five of these couples' love stories together makes an entertaining read. In spite of the sheer number of characters, Eva Marie has been able to develop them into complex people who live real lives and have real problems that are universal to nearly all women, and yet they somehow seem to survive and thrive. Each of their episodes become a living testament to their integrity, their ingenuity, and their indomitable spirits.
I have to give this book five stars, two thumbs up, and a wedding dress to share with your four best friends.
Tyndale House is to be thanked for allowing me to read and review this book. My only obligation was to give my honest opinion.