The Lucky Dress, by Aimee Brown
Publication: Aria; August 7, 2018
About the book:
We all have our lucky dress… an irresistibly hilarious rom-com!
Emi Harrison hasn’t been feeling particularly lucky lately. Ever since her ex-fiancée, Jack Cabot, successfully shattered her heart into a million pieces. She’s managed to avoid him for a whole year, but all that’s about to change at her brother Evan’s wedding…
She will have to face Jack, Jack’s sister, Jack’s parents, and Jack’s new girlfriend: a mean girl that just won’t quit. What could possibly go wrong?
With her lucky dress on, all bets are off, and maybe Emi will find her happily-ever-after at last?
Perfect for fans of Anna Bell, Jo Watson, and Sophie Kinsella.
Happy release day to Aimee Brown and The Lucky Dress! The Lucky Dress is the perfect chic-lit, romantic comedy full of several ups and downs. Emi, her best friend Lily, and Lily’s husband Josh are heading home to Portland for Emi’s brother’s wedding. Unfortunately, this means that Emi must come face to face with her ex-fiance, Jack, who broke Emi’s heart two days before their own wedding. With her lucky dress in tow, thus begins a whirlwind of incredibly awkward, yet hilarious moments as Emi spends the week with her brother, his fiance, Hannah (Jack’s sister), and a variety of family and friends.
I didn’t know until after reading The Lucky Dress that Aimee Brown originally published this last year under the name Little Gray Dress. Apparently, some changes have been made, etc. but I did not read it so the novel was all new to me! With chapters shifting between past and present, the reader gets to know all of these fabulous characters while learning about the various relationships in the novel and how they began, developed, and in Emi and Jack’s case, how they ended. Sometimes I struggle with past/present shifts, but once I got into this one, it really worked.
Emi was such a fantastic lead character but dear Lord, this woman was literally a walking disaster. She consistently endured a variety of disasters ranging from hilarious to heartbreaking, yet she kept going with a good attitude and a unique charm about her. I loved her BFF Lily and all of the family, but Jack and Hannah’s mother Amelia really stuck out to me. On one hand, she seemed like a snobby, rich socialite, but then a completely different side would be revealed showing what a caring person she truly was. She completely meddled and over-stepped, but overall I really loved her character.
Then there is the handsome, mysterious Liam. After Emi strolls into his bar with no money, he ends up being her date for the wedding functions and a completely romantic, charming, swoon-worthy character! Supposedly, Liam has his own book coming next year, and I am crazy excited to read it!
Aimee Brown blew me away with her variety of conflict that was not overdone, despite the fact that it was ongoing. Moreover, this debut author has created amazing characters that I will not soon forget. Although the story was about Emi, all of the supporting characters stood out and added so much enjoyment and depth to this book. Of course, I disliked Greta, but all of the other characters seemed like the type of people we would all want in our lives. The Lucky Dress is funny, romantic, emotional, and at times, frustrating – but it is an addictive read that I highly recommend!
*Thanks to NetGalley and Aria for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!
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About the author:
Aimee Brown is a writer of romantic comedies set in Portland, Oregon, and an avid reader. She spends much of her time writing, raising three teenagers, binge-watching shows on Netflix and obsessively cleaning and redecorating her house.
She’s fluent in sarcasm and has been known to utter profanities like she’s competing for a medal.
Aimee grew up in Oregon but is now a transplant living in cold Montana with her husband of twenty years, three teenage children, and far too many pets.
She is a lot older than she looks and yes, that is a tattoo across her chest.
Aimee is very active on social media. Stop by and say hello!