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Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress Mass Market Paperback – April 28, 2009
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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Elizabeth Boyle has always loved romance and now lives it each and every day by writing adventurous and passionate stories that readers from all around the world have described as “page-turners.” Since her first book was published, she’s seen her romances become New York Times and USA Today bestsellers and has won the RWA RITA® and the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards. She resides in Seattle with her family, her garden, and her always-growing collection of yarn. Readers can visit her at www.elizabethboyle.com, or follow her own adventures on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. www.avonromance.com www.facebook.com/avonromance
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Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress has a beautiful cover and is very fitting because the red dress part is due to the time Pippin broke Dash out of prison while she was wearing that color dress. Things between these two were left as a cliffhanger in Confessions of a Little Black Gown when Dash was to be executed and Pippin, who found herself pregnant by Dash, ended up marrying another man to save her reputation. Because Pippin sacrifices herself for the man she loved, her new husband was able to free Dash with the promise that Dash would never step on English soil or contact Pippin again. Dash kept his promise and left without ever knowing about Pippin's pregnancy.
I think my expectations were a bit too high because Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress was so lacking in so many ways. This is a story of reunited lovers, but not five, ten or even fifteen years later. It takes place twenty-three years later where Pippin is now a widow in her late forties with two grown children.Read more ›
The rest of the story took place on Dash's ship. Lots of flashbacks were used to detail the events in Love Letters and Black Gown. Some of Dash's backgrounds were flushed out. Basically, Dash had married soon after his first meeting with Pippin. (Pippin is still on his mind but Dash was already told she is far above him in everyway and not to even think about it.) Dash married for money. He had no love for his wife. But, his wife hoped that Dash will come to love her. She died a few days after childbirth. Dash was not by her side during the childbirth. A couple of months after his wife's death, Dash met Pippin again. The rest of the book is pretty much Dash recovering from alcoholism and Pippin falling in love with Dash again.
The problems I have with the book are:
1. Dash from the previous books won't have gone down without a fight. I just can't see Dash riding off without at least an attempt to speak to Pippin. Maybe this is Dash's way of being noble and letting Pippin lead the life she chose. Or, maybe in Black Dress, when Gossett said to Dash that he never had Pippin, finally sunk in. Dash becoming a drunkard? Inconvincible. I can see Dash turning into a cold, cruel, hard man, not a drunkard. Therefore, this Dash is a stranger to me.
2. Pippin was very happily married to Gossett.Read more ›
I am glad I waited. When I finished Black Gown the thought that Dash and Pippin would spend 20 years apart was unthinkable.
Coming back to this book after time had passed was like rediscovering a first love.
The story is unique, the characters complex, and the plot unexpected.
Yes, there were a few lines tread close to for the romance genre, but imo none of the "rules" were broken.
Red Dress explored something you rarely see in the genre, a lost love that is reclaimed not after a month or a year, but a lifetime.
It was real, it was poignant, and it was an excellent book.
As a stand alone I would give it 5 stars, but as part of a series there was a huge disconnect. Which has unfortunately resulted in many unhappy fans.
If you love the series, but like me set this one aside.
Give it a chance, you won't regret it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as exciting or interesting as the others from the series. I was disappointed in the constant repeat of the characters' past. Read morePublished 9 months ago by LORETTA
All of the books in this series were great. Loved that it continued from the first book to the last. It was as if you were reading one book . Funny and great stories. Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by Linda Hurley
Elizabeth Boyle's books are fun reads, and this one, Memoirs Of A Little Red Dress was one of the best, if not THE BEST! Found myself tearing up in parts.Published on May 15, 2014 by Desoto