Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Little Black Dress - 2nd in the Cornelia Brown series
Author: Susan McBride
Release Date: September 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Women's Fiction
Year/Setting: Present/Blue Hills, Missouri
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: None/Negligible
Susan's Website/Blog: www.susanmcbride.com
Antonia (Toni) Ashton is a woman who has done her very best to change her life, and get as far away from her ‘roots’ as humanly possible. Unfortunately, those roots call her back home and her life goes into a tailspin.
Evie is a woman who has lived a good, long life. She is also a woman who has secrets buried inside of every cavern of her mind, as well as every nook and cranny of the old Victorian that she’s lived in all her life. Evie has issues. Her husband is gone, and her beloved daughter - Toni - won’t ever come back to her. What Evie does have is her little, black dress hidden in the attic, and a story of she and her sister, Anna, from when they were younger.
Anna was the "wild child" in Evie’s household. In fact, she loved breaking the rules, while her sister, Evie, simply spent most of her time sitting quietly and reading Gothic romance novels. One day, a long time ago, Anna was told by her father that she HAD to marry a man that he chose, and Anna was devastated. The night before the "sham" wedding was going to take place, Anna and Evie found themselves in town at a corner store run by a gypsy, who knew far more than anyone else did about the future.
Years later, Evie has had a stroke and Toni is on her way home to try and get her mother’s affairs in order. Toni is a professional who is highly regarded in the event-planning business She can make the perfect wedding, but can’t seem to get her longtime beau - CPA, Greg - to marry her. So, she runs back to Blue Hills, leaving him behind, and heads directly into a Victorian full of secrets, lies, and a man by the name of Hunter Cummings. Soon Toni is wrapped up in an old family "war" and finds herself drawn to the one-time "enemy."
The characters are fun, the romance is solid, and the life of Evie is extremely interesting! An Enjoyable Read!
Until next time,
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