Thursday, September 10, 2015

Five Brides

GIVEAWAY

EVERSON, EVA MARIE
FIVE BRIDES

Five Brides...

Five single, fiercely independent women live together in a Chicago apartment in the early 1950s, but they rarely see each other.

One Dress...

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 serious boyfriend between the five of them -- they decide to pool their money to purchase it. Can a brush with fate and one beautiful dress forever stitch together the lives of five very different women as they take their own journeys to love and whatever comes happily ever after?

My Review:

Wow! This is the kind of story that comes to life the minute you start reading, I was so immersed in the lives of the characters that I'm convinced I actually slept on their couch a night or two! The time period is perfect -- maybe because I've seen so many movies set in the fifties and it was easy to visualize everything from the fashion to the architecture -- even the hairstyles. In fact, I cast period actresses to play the role of each young woman. It seemed to me that Everson captured the essence of that era -- especially the opportunities opening up to women after the war and the push/pull that resulted between work and home.

And, honestly, who can resist five love stories for the price of one? Each totally unique, and not without a dose of heartache, not to mention some mistakes along the way. The author has created five very distinct heroines with personal obstacles to overcome. I especially appreciated reading about each girl's faith journey. Loved the overall unity in a common goal even though they represented diverse denominations and were at different places on their journey. Five Brides not only delighted my heart, it fed my soul.

And, in case you're curious about who I cast to play the heroines in Five Brides -- here they are. You'll have to read the book to see if you agree.



GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Five Brides please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw ill be held and winner announced on Sunday September 13 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

57 comments:

  1. Love this story line, and the '50's era. I haven't read any of Eva's books, and would love to read 'Five Brides'. Thanks for the wonderful review and giveaway opportunity, Kav!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It's like watching a marathon viewing of the best classic romance movies, Bonnie. I really enjoyed it. Good luck.

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  2. thanks for the chance to read this beautiful novel, kav

    karenk
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  3. I think this is one book that I have to read for sure! Reading about each of the five girls sounds like a real treat.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. It's done so well -- the way the story lines mesh together. Really captivated me. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  4. What a story line ... haven't read a book by Eva for a while now. This one sounds real good. rrwalter34ATailDOTcom

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  5. I really like the premise of this book. I will definitely be checking back here after I have read it to see if I agree with your actress choices Kav. Thanks for the review and giveaway!
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. It was so much fun to 'cast' the book. Good luck, Loraine.

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  6. Would be interesting to read to see I agree also with your choose of actress in each story. kamundsen44(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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  7. I was intrigued by this book from the start since I love the 50's and now I want to read it even more!
    gatorade635(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I think you'll love it too, Abbi. Especially if you are a fan of the '50s. I can't imagine it working as well in any other era. Good luck.

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  8. The women that is portrayed in your book using the actresses you have chosen intrigues me.
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  9. The premise of this story has me intrigued! I can't wait to read this novel. The cover is so gorgeous!
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    1. It's gorgeous inside and out. Good luck, Caryl.

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  10. 1950's isn't my normal time period read, but this one sounds good! 1 dress & 5 women? Would love to see how that turns out! :-) And I like that you posted pictures of who you would cast as the characters plus the dress, such a neat addition to your usual posts, Kav. Brings the story more alive for me :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Thanks, Trixi. The whole 1 dress 5 women thing is really fun. Thankfully no one had a wedding on the same day. LOL Good luck.

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  11. What a fabulous review! Don't ya love those stories that make you feel you lived with them or around them for a few moments?
    lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. Yes -- like traveling without any of the cost. Good luck, Susan.

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  12. Would love to read this. Count me in please, Kav!

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. Consider yourself counted. Good luck, Cheryl.

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  13. I'm intrigued by the idea of five young women buying a wedding dress together and how that all works out. Thanks for the review of this, and the photos. That would have probably been a fantastic movie if all of them starred together. I'd love to win Five Brides.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Maybe this book will start a trend! Great for the wedding budget. Good luck, Pam.

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  14. Well now I HAVE to read this after that review and cast! LOVE IT!

    Blessings, Amada
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    1. Here's hoping you get to, Amada. Good luck!

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  15. Kav, please add my name to this one. Eva Marie Everson is an author I've been wanting to try and since I was born in 1947, this looks like the perfect book. You certainly know how to write reviews!

    cjarvisATbellsouthDOTnet

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    1. Thanks, Carole. I think you'll enjoy this one. Good luck.

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  16. Very interesting, one dress for five different girls! Can't imagine how it would fit each of them...

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. The magic of fiction. Patty. Good luck.

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  17. I agree with the first statement of your review, and I haven't even read the book, just the excerpt. I haven't read any of Eva Marie Everson's books, but I look forward to staring with this one.
    reneerachoyolsen@gmail.com

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  18. This is the kind of historical fiction and chick lit that I enjoy. I could see it as a movie, as well.

    tlhcoupon (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. Oh it would make an awesome movie. Good luck trosado.

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  19. One wedding dress, five brides without a prospect yet... sounds interesting; especially, since they seldom see each other. Would be interesting to have it play out in their lives. Would love to win this one!! Seeing distinct personalities in your photos. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. It's such an amazing story! Good luck, Kathleen.

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  20. This sounds like a wonderful book! Who doesn't like to read a good wedding story . . . and this one has five! rmaney(at)firstarpchurch(dot)org.

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    1. I know -- five love stories in one! And each one totally unique. Good luck, Rebecca.

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  21. Throwing my hat in the ring on this one! Thank you Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  22. This sure sounds like a great book. :)
    Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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  23. oh i'd watch that movie! This book so intrigues me! Great review as always, Kav :) carriemschmidt (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. You know, it really would make a great movie! Somebody tell Hallmark! Good luck, Carrie.

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  24. What an interesting story line. Sounds like a good read! Thanks for the great review and giveaway. : )

    sunshine6892 at hotmail dot com

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  25. thanks for the review! it sounds wonderful! what a beautiful cover <3

    Lea
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  26. I love your cast for a lovely set of romantic tales in one book! Please add me. :)
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  27. This one has definitely gained my interest. I love your casting idea! Don't enter me since I won so recently...I will happily add this to my list. I can definitely see myself getting lost in it. And what a great cover too!

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    1. It's a lovely cover. Hope you love the book when you get around to reading it. I sure did.

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  28. Sounds like a great read! And the premise is just lovely.

    Count me in, please!

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. Great leading ladies.. I'd enjoy reading this one..
    dkstevensne(at)outlook(dot)com

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