A Review: ‘Girls in White Dresses’.

...And blue satin sashes...
…And blue satin sashes…

The winner from Tuesday’s giveaway is posted below, if you’re interested…

Last weekend, I finished reading, “Girls in White Dresses” by Jennifer Close, a book that’s been on my reading list for awhile (I think it’s been years).

Here is what Amazon says about the book:

     Isabella, Mary, and Lauren feel like everyone they know is getting married. On Sunday after Sunday, at bridal shower after bridal shower, they coo over toasters, collect ribbons and wrapping paper, eat minuscule sandwiches and cakes. They wear pastel dresses and drink champagne by the case, but amid the celebration these women have their own lives to contend with: Isabella is working a dead-end job, Mary is dating a nice guy with an awful mother, and Lauren is waitressing at a midtown bar and wondering why she’s attracted to the sleazy bartender. 

     With a wry sense of humor, Jennifer Close brings us through those thrilling, bewildering years of early adulthood as she pulls us inside the circle of these friends, perfectly capturing the wild frustrations and soaring joys of modern life.

Look, I don’t like giving bad reviews of things, but I do like to be honest (I want you to trust me, after all). And, although I really got into this book, it wasn’t quite like that description.

There is only one scene that’s really like that — where the women are miserable at a bridal shower. And it was relatable, we’ve all been there.

What I DID like about the book is that it’s the story of four different women, in their late twenties, and they are surrounded by women who are either engaged, married, or having children. And although these women are often dating, they’re not sure if they’re in the relationship that’s going to end up in marriage.

And as someone who has been there, who’s going to be there for probably awhile, it’s a tough place to be, and it’s good to know there are more people like that out there… even if they are fictitious characters!

Other books by Jennifer Close: The Smart One — The Coffey siblings are having a rough year. Martha is thirty and working at J. Crew after a spectacular career flameout; Claire has broken up with her fiancé and locked herself in her New York apartment until her bank account looks as grim as her mood; and the baby of the family, Max, is dating a knockout classmate named Cleo and keeping a very big, very life-altering secret. The only solution—for all of them—is to move back home. 

…Sounds like I need to read that one, too!

Alright, so Tuesday I hosted my very first giveaway! I used the random number generator at Random.org to choose the winner:

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So… comment #3 is Beth! Beth, if you’re reading this, email me at Wittywriter7@gmail and we’ll work out the details of getting the book to you. If you didn’t win, I’m going to do another giveaway next week (with a different prize), so keep on trying! Thank you all so much for being loyal readers.


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