Five Brides, by Eva Marie Everson, tells the story of five
women who are roommates in Chicago in the early 1950s. They are all extremely
busy trying to provide for themselves, and they rarely have a moment to spend
together. One rare Saturday they decide to spend the afternoon in Chicago
together, and during that trip they find a perfect wedding dress. Since none of
them have enough money to purchase the dress on their own, they decide to split
the cost of the dress and all wear it on their wedding days.
The concept of this book was really interesting, and it
reminded me a little bit of one of my favorite childhood movies: Sisterhood of
the Traveling Pants, where four best friends all fit into the same pair of
jeans. I liked that this book really focused on the individual lives of each of
the roommates. They all wanted different things out of their lives, and they
really did all go in completely different directions. No matter where their
lives ended up, it was nice to see them stay connected through letters and the
wedding dress that originally connected them all.
Although this book was pretty long, I really did not want to
see it end. I liked each of the characters, since they all had distinct
characteristics that made me connect to them in their own way. Some were
completely focused on their careers, while others just wanted to be married
with a family or a husband. I will definitely be reading more books by Eva
Marie Everson in the future after I enjoyed this book so much!