Five Brides

Five BridesFive Brides by Eva Marie Everson
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Tyndale on June 1, 2015
Pages: 364
Also by this author: God Bless Us Everyone

 

Five women find themselves roommates in a small apartment in Chicago, all working hard with their own plans and dreams. All are destined to go different ways, but when an impulsive afternoon outing leads the women to pool their incomes together to buy a stunning and expensive wedding dress, they are bound to share in one another’s heartbreaks, dates, and deepest desires.

The author did very well tying all of the different characters’ stories together; each one we got to know equally as much as the others.

This is a story about five totally different women and their individual stories as they try to make their way on their own in Chicago. Having five different characters, I was worried that there would be too much happening in the story. The author did very well tying in all of the different characters’ stories together; each one we got to know equally as much as the others. However, some of the stories did seem to be skipped over at times.

That said, I was caught up in the story from the beginning – it intrigued me how these girls left their homes and moved to places with no family, very few friends, and boldly sought work. I really appreciated the message about us making our own plans, but the Lord having the final say over them. The girls all made their choices – some good, some bad – and they were all used to shape and change them into better people than how they started.

The girls all made their choices – some good, some bad – and they were all used to shape and change them into better people than how they started.

Their personalities were all so different, but not clichéd. Between headstrong Joan, dreamy Magda, mousy Evelyn, impetuous Inga, and fashionable Betty, they all struck as real people, with real and believable personalities (Joan, in fact, was based on a real Joan Hunt who worked in the US Forces in post-war Germany).

There’s a nice touch of history, not too much historical information, but enough to intrigue and fascinate me to want to learn more about the period.

I found myself wishing that their relationships would be worked out sooner, rather than later. But this is a smaller gripe in a story that I truly, thoroughly enjoyed.

By the end, however, I was rather eager to have all of them married off! Having all of them finally find love, but once it became clear who each one was going to marry I found myself wishing that their relationships would be worked out sooner, rather than later. But this is a smaller gripe in a story that I truly, thoroughly enjoyed.

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