Little Black Dress, by Susan McBride

Little Black DressFinished 11-27-11, rating 4/5, fiction, 295 pages, pub. 2011

Toni owns her own business planning celebrations, but on the night she expects a wedding proposal, she is disappointed.  To make the night worse she also receives news that her mother has had a stroke and is in a coma back in Blue Hills, Missouri.  Toni heads home to be with her emotionally distant mother and finds questions about her mother and family she’s never known.

The chapters alternate between Toni and her mother’s life.  Anna grew up with family drama of her own, drama that led to the discovery of a little black dress that showed visions of the future.  When Toni finds the dress and discovers its magic she needs her mother’s counsel.

I loved Anna’s story.  It unfolded at just the right pace and there was enough mystery there to keep me interested.  The dress itself was an interesting character- showing up in various scenes, mysterious and sexy.  I actually found the dress a more compelling character than Toni, who was fine, but a bit bland compared to Anna and the dress.

I thought this was a fun read.

I won this during October’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon 🙂

So, if you had a little black dress that gave you visions of the future would you keep it in your closet or get the temptatation out of your house?