Five Brides

One dress, five women, a lifetime of memories.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 ofOne dress, five women, a lifetime of memories.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
Five Brides One dress five women a lifetime of memories Five single fiercely independent women live together in a Chicago apartment in the early s but rarely see one another One Saturday afternoon as they

  • Title: Five Brides
  • Author: Eva Marie Everson
  • ISBN: 9781414397443
  • Page: 128
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Five Brides”

    1. Everson at her finest! I loved this book. It follows five women, strangers really, except for two who were pen-pals. They all end up flatmates in Chicago in the early fifties. The story follows their lives and friendships and I found myself completely immersed in their stories. Each one is different in personality and every woman will see herself in one of theses characters. They are characters you care about and want to know more about them. I'd love to see how their lives went after the close [...]

    2. Deb’s Dozen: Five brides, one wedding dress. Five stories, five romances, five wonderful weddings.Chicago, early 1950s. Joan Hunt, recently returned to the country of her childhood from England, embarks on a journey she could not have invented—no job, staying at the Y, but determined to make her way and be independent. When she secures a job at Hertz, she also meets Betty Estes, soon to become one of her best friends. Betty invites Joan to room with her and her two other roomies. Joan agrees [...]

    3. This is not a book for teens! Even if you love 1950s clothes (like me!) you will not want to read this book or this review because of Sexual Content in it! :(*This review is my opinion which I have a right to.About this book:“One dress, five women, a lifetime of memories.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 s [...]

    4. What wonderful story based in the 1950s. The prologue and the epilogue are actually set in current time and I just adore the story in between. The story is set in Chicago in the 50s. It stars 5 young women, Joan, Betsy, Evelyn, Inga, and Magna, who are roommates. Though born in Chicago, Joan’s family moved to England when she was a child. Evelyn is a Georgia farmer’s daughter and she and Joan were international childhood pen pals. When Joan decides to move back stateside after the War in att [...]

    5. I loved this book! The five women portrayed in Five Brides are significantly different from one another, but as women, shared many of the same needs and desires. Each character is represented with strength and definition. I felt as if I actually had formed a relationship with each of them. This author developed her characters in a way that although each depended upon another, they were distinct individuals with diverse goals and unique responses to their respective circumstances.I highly recomme [...]

    6. I adored this book! Five women make their way in the world mostly in 1950s Chicago. The clothes! The working girls finding success in post-war America! The romance! I enjoyed how each story was unique and relatable in its own way. I could find something to admire and something to shake my head over as Betty, Joan, Evelyn, Inga, and Magda each found her own path. And the fact that Joan is based on a real person who really did share a wedding dress with four other women? Utterly priceless. The ONL [...]

    7. A "stay up all night reading" bookThis book was by far one of my favorite summer reads. Five women, five lives, one dress. The way that God was woven into the story was both subtle and captivating. I loved the vivid descriptions of the clothes, the food, the architecture and the music. I could imagine myself laughing on the streets of Chicago, drinking hot coffee in the chilly German air, or smelling the beautiful flowers of a southern spring. Another great book by Eva Marie.

    8. I hope there is a sequel to this book. I need to know what happened after the weddings to Betty, Inga, Magda, Joan and especially Evelyn. With the exception of Betty, once the brides got married their story stopped. I need to know what happened in the following 50 years. Did everyone stay married? Did Inga find love? Did Magda's step-daughter grow to love her? How did Joan put her stamp on the southern woman? What happened to Evelyn and Ed? I need details!

    9. Really enjoyed this book. It was a little confusing to keep the five women straight at times but overall I loved this book. I would enjoy more books about each of the five women and how their lives have continued.

    10. This was one of those books that, while it was a well-written story, was just not for me. I'm not going to write a negative review, because there was absolutely nothing wrong with it. The characters were relatable, the dialogue was good, everything was GOOD -- it just didn't grab me. I enjoyed it alright, but it wasn't really my kind of book. With five main characters, it felt strained to get to know any of them very well, and I didn't really get into the 1950's period. (Plus it was about city l [...]

    11. It always amazes me how a nugget of fact can blossom into a novel. Everson has done a fine job of weaving fact and fiction into a charming story of five girls, the circuitous journey taken to find their true loves, and one wedding dress they each vowed to wear on that special day. At first, it was difficult to keep all the characters straight, but, once their individual personalities landed, I could follow, rejoicing and sometimes despairing over the decisions they made. . . for better, or, for [...]

    12. Like A Favorite Classic Movie This engrossing story set in the '50s played out in my mind like one of my favorite classic movies. For Betty & Joan I kept picturing Ginger Rogers & June Allyson in those great '50s style dresses. Must read for all nostalgia fans!

    13. What a fun book! I can't imagine buying a wedding dress with 4 other women who are more acquaintances than friends. That's the premise of the story and it follows the women through the exciting changes in their lives. Enjoyed it a lot.

    14. Love. Chicago. Travel. Strong female characters. Friendship. Carson's. This book has so much to love!

    15. I loved this book! The author beautifully intertwines the stories of five post-World War II young women who become roommates in Chicago. On a whim they decide to purchase a $300 wedding dress with each of them contributing $60. The idea is that they will each eventually wear the dress in her own wedding. The author keeps the reader in suspense as she tells each young woman's story, smoothly moving from one young women to the next. The reader really has no idea whom each young woman will eventual [...]

    16. Gosh, I loved this story. I was excited to read how the dress brought these five women together. As usual, life shapes us as we go along. The book was heartwarming and I couldn't put it down. I went back to the beginning of the story a couple of times to see if I could figure out how the beginning fit into the story but the author kept it a secret until the very end. Amazing.

    17. I LOVED this book! I really liked the different stories that were all intertwined. I was disappointed that we didn't get to know more about Inga, but everything else was beautiful!

    18. This book drew me right in with the story. I started out with the free preview, and of course, had to buy the book to keep reading! I love the fact that it is based on a true story! The characters are well developed. I just wish there had been a bit more follow up on what happened to a couple of the gals.

    19. Loved this book! Would highly recommend it. The romance is very realistic, not sappy and predictable like so many books.

    20. When I first started reading Five Brides, I was worried that the five different characters would blur together, with too-similar romances and too-similar actions and reactions to really discern between them. Yet, to my surprise (and delight), each of the five characters are, as the summary states, “very different.” And not only that, but their romances are different and the romantic interests/men in their lives are different as well.Since there are five characters, the book never quite spend [...]

    21. This novel captivated me and created a deep sense of nostalgia—for a time period I’ve never lived in. I’ve always enjoyed stories that capture a sense of relational connectedness and community, and to me, that’s what made this novel so heart-warming. It takes a gifted writer to craft a novel with five key and distinct characters. Ms. Everson drew me deeply to each character and the time period in which they lived. The story begins in a hotel room in London, England in 2015, with a bride [...]

    22. Sometimes the friendships of women get a bad rap. Women are portrayed in pop culture as mean, and other words that I won’t print here. Relationships with other women are easily forfeited for the guy du jour or a better job or whatever. And frankly, sometimes that reputation has been earned.But more often than not, my experience in the world of women has been rich and beautiful. It’s why I loved Eva Marie Everson‘s book, Five Brides. Ms. Everson tells the story of five women who share an ap [...]

    23. A story about friendship born of divine intervention, bravery among women and a wedding dress that bears witness to their futures. Five Brides by Eva Marie Everson is a enchanting tale that will capture the reader from start to finish. Already a fan of Ms. Everson, I can say this book is no exception to her charming talents as a writer. Betty Estes refuses to be live life in status quo. Headstrong and beautiful, she promotes sophistication and grace every where she goes. Although her family is d [...]

    24. Joan's story is great! The rest of it not so much. I found Joan to be the most interesting of the girls, but found the rest of them to fall into stereotypes and cliches pretty fast. You have Betty, who is rich and wants to live but her family wants her to marry right, as in the boy they've basically picked out for her but she's not interested in. Evelyn, who is chubby and sweet and earnest and willing to change herself entirely for a man and always seems a bit out of place in the city. One of th [...]

    25. The premise of this book really drew me in. Imagine five women in the early 50's being thrown together as roommates. All strangers except for two that grew up as pen pals. One rare day they find themselves spending the day together and during that time they spot a beautiful breathtaking wedding dress in an exclusive shop window. On a whim they decide to go in and each try on the dress. The sales lady is a little put out knowing she'll be spending time with each of them and no sales in sight. Aft [...]

    26. I received a copy of this book from bookfun and Tyndale Publishing for an honest reviewThe book is about five very independent women finding themselves as roommates in an apartment. They all come from different backgrounds, but share a common goal. They are each wanting to make it in the big city of Chicago in the 50's. The arrangement is a perfect fit for everyone. Each woman seems to have different schedules and hardly see each other. On one particular day, they found themselves off work at th [...]

    27. What do a wealthy, young socialite; an American born Brit; a young Georgian farm girl; and two Swedish Lutheran pastor’s daughters have in common? The answer is – very little. What they do end up having in common is a designer wedding dress that they bought together with the agreement that each could wear it on her wedding day. The last to wear it would get to keep it. The story starts in 2015 and the granddaughter of one of the girls is about to get married wearing this special dress. In pr [...]

    28. "Five Brides" by Eva Marie Everson is about 5 women roommates who become the closest of friends to the point of deciding to buy one high end wedding gown to share even though none of them is engaged to be married. I know for me to purposely choose to read and review a romance is odd. But this one sounded very different than the typical Christian romance novels and it was. It starts with the one of the ladies Granddaughter getting ready to be married in the dress (the original story takes place i [...]

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