Five single, fiercely independent women live together in a Chicago apartment in the early 1950s but rarely see one another. 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 boyfriend or date between the five of them—they decide to pool their money to purchase it. Can one dress forever connect five women who live together only a short time before taking their own journeys to love and whatever comes happily ever after?
I find the 1950's a fascinating time in American culture, so I looked forward to reading Five Brides, which is set in early 1950's Chicago (and onward). This book really captures the feeling of a time and place.
Five Brides tells the story of five different women who take turns using the same wedding dress on their special day. We learn about their lives and their romances. Eva Marie Everson does a fine job at differentiating the characters so we feel we know them all individually.
The book jumps forward in time to continue their stories. I loved the early 1950's setting so much that I was a little sorry to leave it!
The storyline and plot of Five Brides felt fresh and new, and the writing is well-crafted. I enjoyed stepping back in time with this novel, and think other readers will, too.