Lovie French is the owner of a ritzy dress shop in Manhattan -- the place where everyone who's anyone goes to purchase a special outfit for any occasion. She not only caters clothing to the rich, she's also the level-headed balance between her two closest friends from boarding school.
Dinah is a spitfire with a mouth that often gets her into trouble and Avis is somewhat uptight, conservative, and pretty much Dinah's opposite. It's quite obvious from the very beginning, that the only thing they have in common is a friendship with Lovie. When Avis' daughter begins dating Dinah's son, poor Lovie is in the middle of a very awkward situation, while also attempting to manage her own difficult love life.
The book bounces between the 1960's and the present, giving us a look at just how Dinah and Avis each became friends with Lovie while away at boarding school and how their relationships have developed over the years. Despite reading a few other tough reviews, I really enjoyed this format and ended up speeding through the book over the course of an afternoon!
The subject seems somewhat light -- a dress shop owner and her two friendships -- but the plot and the characters are incredibly detailed, rich, and written with a depth that I really enjoyed. Everyone has secrets and those secrets make the rounds, giving the large city of Manhattan a small-town appearance. It was an addictive read and one I'm very glad to have picked up!
Thank you to TLC Book Tours for the review copy.