Monday, December 5, 2011


Congratulations to Susan! Winner of Holiday Countdown Book #4 The First Husband by Laura Dave

How the giveaway will work. Each Monday over the next five weeks I will count up from 5 listing my top 5 choices for books that I believe would make great gifts. Each Monday you will be able to enter for your chance to win a copy of that week's book plus by entering you are also entered into the grand prize giveaway for all five books. For every week you comment you get an additional entry for the grand prize giveaway. So if you comment on all five books, you get your name listed five times into the drawing for the grand prize. Good-luck!

Narrowing down all the books I read to a list of five was no easy feat. I wanted five books I enjoyed and books I felt would be a great gift to give or receive for a large number of people.

So what is book #3?

Little Black Dress by Susan McBride

My review from earlier this year:

Every woman deserves to have the perfect little black dress.  McBrides’ newest release is about a magical black dress, which enhances the figure of any and every woman’s body who slips it on. But the magic of this special black dress doesn’t stop there. Sisters Evelyn and Annabelle couldn’t be any more different, but when they each slip on the magical black dress from the gypsy shop they both get a glimpse of their future.

Antonia Ashton gets word her mother, Evie, has had a stroke and is in the hospital in a coma. Leaving her successful wedding coordinator business and boyfriend Greg behind in St. Louis she returns home to Blue Hills. Having not been back since her father’s death two years earlier she begins to see how her mother’s life was beginning to spiral out of control. As she begins digging into her mother’s affairs she unearths questions about her mother’s past and finds a mysterious little black dress at the heart of it all.

The novel shifts chapters between Evie and her daughter, Antonia. Evie’s stories are first person accounts from the past leading the reader to the present, while Antonia’s story is what is currently going on and in third person.  I loved going back and forth getting to know Evie in a way her daughter, Toni doesn’t know her, while at the same time getting to see Toni realizing some her own mistakes and seeing her mother in a new light. 

I wasn’t sure about the whole idea of a future seeing black dress, but it worked! This is a story about how three women respond when getting a glimpse, how it can change everything in a moment. More than that it’s a story of family and sisters and the love they have for one another. It was heartwarming and beautifully written. I’d love to go on and on about this book, but I don’t want to say too much and ruin the story!

This was one of my favorite books I’ve read this summer.  I am definitely recommending you go and buy a copy! 

Make sure to comment below with your email address for your chance to win a copy of Susan’s book. The Holiday Countdown Giveaway is for US residents only. Sorry!

****This giveaway will close on December 11 midnight EST. I will announce the winner and notify them on Monday. The winner will have 48hours to respond with their address or a new winner will be chosen. By commenting below you will also be entered for your chance to win all 5 books in the Holiday Countdown Giveaway.****


  1. Would love to win this one! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. This one is on my TBR list! Thanks for the chance! I love your countdown idea.

  3. I'd love to read this one! Thanks.

  4. I've read several reviews of this book. What an original plot! I'd love to win this. Thank you for the opportunity. :)

    nicnac63 AT hotmail DOT com

  5. This sounds fantastic, I would love to read it! Thanks so much for the opportunity.


  6. This sounds interesting!!! I'll love to read it if i could.

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  7. Would love to win this! Sounds awesome :D

  8. Sounds great definitely on my TBR list

  9. I have not had a chance to read this yet but have been drooling over it. Susan McBride is a great author and I am, quite frankly, hoping to win a copy!! Happy Holidays to all.

  10. A Black dress is always a go to, but one that works magic. Genius!

  11. This book sounds great, thanks for the giveaway!

  12. This giveaway is now closed! But everyone is entered for the grand prize drawing! Good luck!

  13. Our winner for Little Black Dress hasn't responded with her address, so I am going to be notifying a new winner!


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