The True Love Wedding Dress is an antholgy of four novellas that tell the story of a magical wedding dress which guarantees the wearer a happy marriage, and which seems to find it's own way from one person to the next. The prologue was penned by Catherine Anderson and tells the origins of the gown: An impoverished servant girl, Aileanna toils night after night creating the perfect wedding dress for her arrogant, ungracious mistress to marry the man Aileanna loves. She was born with magic in her blood though, and knowing that the man of her dreams can never be hers, she unselfishly decides to enchant the gown so that anyone who wears it will have a happy marriage. It has been a long time since Aileanna has practiced her magic though, and it seems her spell may have more than it's intended effect. Synopses and reviews of each individual novella in this anthology can be read via the links below.
A Perfect Fit by Barbara Metzger
Glad Rags by Connie Brockway
Something Special by Casey Claybourne
Beautiful Gifts by Catherine Anderson
The epilogue of this anthology is also penned by Catherine Anderson and follows the magical wedding gown into the present day to tell the mini-story of Catherine Hamilton, a harried single mother with a gravely ill son. She is drawn to the dress in a shop window and can't seem to resist it's pull even though she has no marriage prospects on the horizon. As she leaves the shop with the gown in her arms, she literally runs into the man of her dreams.
I really like the premise of this quartet of romantic novellas. The book's prologue written by Catherine Anderson was an intriguing beginning to the story, but it left me with many questions about the gown's creator and her one true love. I had hoped that those questions would be answered as the stories progressed, but that was not to be the case.
A Perfect Fit by Barbara Metzger - Star Rating: ***1/2; Sensuality Rating: 1.5
Glad Rags by Connie Brockway - Star Rating: **1/2; Sensuality Rating: 3
Something Special by Casey Claybourne - Star Rating: ****1/2; Sensuality Rating: 3
Beautiful Gifts by Catherine Anderson - Star Rating: ****1/2; Sensuality Rating: 2.5
Catherine Anderson wrapped up this quartet of novellas with a very tender epilogue of a modern lady who finds the magical wedding gown and in the process finds what one assumes will become the man of her dreams. It was such a lovely little mini-tale that I found myself wishing that there was more to their story, but it was still a nice ending to this anthology.
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