Rated of 5
by Priscilla M. (Houston, TX)
Little Black Dress is Little Bit of Magic
I found this book to be an entertaining read with an interesting plot. The story is told in alternating chapters by Toni and her mother, Evie. After a confusing second chapter, I finally figured out I needed to pay attention to the chapter headings. Toni has returned home to care for Evie after she found comatose due to a stroke. Toni leaves her successful catering business and a romance she hoped would end in marriage to care for her mother.
The Little Black Dress appears early in the story. It weaves its magic through and around both main characters and also a third person in the story, Toni's Aunt Anna, who disappeared after breaking her engagement the night before her wedding. The LBD, worn first by Anna, is indeed magic, but is it good or evil?
The story was well told, but became a tad predictable as the plot unfolded. The complications between sisters and daughters are a familiar theme, but still manage to hold the reader's interest. The female characters were vivid, but the male characters came across as flat and somewhat one-dimensional. There could have been a little more tug and pull in Toni's relationship with her boyfriend to liven things up.
A good summer read, nonetheless.