Advance reader reviews of Little Black Dress by Susan McBride.

Little Black Dress

A Novel

By Susan McBride

Little Black Dress
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2011,
    320 pages.

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  • Lorraine R. (southampton, NY)


    Little Black Dress
    This novel could be classified as "chick lit." It had a somewhat interesting plot involving self-discovery and betrayal, however I found it to be predictable and trite. The introduction of magic in the "black dress" seemed to imply that magic was needed as an excuse for the decisions that women make in their lives. It is not a book I would recommend to others. It is at best, an "airplane novel."
  • Sharon C. (Newton, IA)


    Dysfunctional family at its finest
    Relationships between mothers and daughters can sometimes be intense, but when you put a magical little black dress into the mix, it's extremely life changing.

    The story carries you through the tempestuous relationship between Evie (mother) and Antonia (daughter) and the little black dress that brings them together.

    I literally could not put this book down. I read it in one sitting. Every other chapter is written in either Evie's voice or Antonia's voice and the author does a fine job in the transition.

    A great summer read!
  • Sarah H. (Belford, NJ)


    A wonderful story!
    I loved this book, could not put it down! The novel is written from two points of view: Evie's, who tells most of the back story, and Toni's, who brings us to the present time. The story shows how time can truly mend all wounds and how strong the familial bond is. Throw a magical little black dress on top of that and you have got yourself a winner!
  • Sharon V. (Chicago, IL)


    Little Black Dress
    On the surface, this book incorporates all the appropriate elements of a story: family relationships, plot centered around a mysterious object, romance and a dusty old Victorian house.

    Unfortunately, the premise is not compelling, the characters flat and the dialogue weak. Alternating chapters told from the perspective of two different characters only added to the difficulty in hearing the author's voice. i would not recommend this one.
  • PPM Lafayette, IN


    A Little Magic
    Each of us yearn for a little magic in our lives. Susan McBride brings us a story with a magic dress and family secrets to be discovered by the reader. This is a quick, fun, interesting read that I could not put down.
  • Barb W. (Mechanicsburg, PA)


    A good read
    I enjoyed this book: A bit of magic, family relationships, good characters, suspense and more. While a bit predictable at times, it was a perfect summer read which I will be recommending to friends and family.
  • Susan J. (Twain Harte, CA)


    A Great Summer Read
    Magic usually turns me off, but in this book it is more whimsical than paranormal. Toni's love story line is predictable: Greg seems two-dimensional all along. But the rest of the characters are well-drawn. I liked the structure of Evie's first-person chapters alternating with Toni's third-person ones. This structure can be confusing with lots of characters, but it works well with these two. Accepting the magic of the little black dress requires a leap of faith, but it does remind me that we do have epiphanies or moments of insight about the future at crossroads of our lives.
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