Thursday, February 13, 2014

Review: The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee

Title: The Midnight Dress
Author: Karen Foxlee
Source: Amazon Vine
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Quiet misfit Rose doesn't expect to fall in love with the sleepy beach town of Leonora. Nor does she expect to become fast friends with beautiful, vivacious Pearl Kelly, organizer of the high school float at the annual Harvest Festival parade. It's better not to get too attached when Rose and her father live on the road, driving their caravan from one place to the next whenever her dad gets itchy feet. But Rose can't resist the mysterious charms of the town or the popular girl, try as she might.

Pearl convinces Rose to visit Edie Baker, once a renowned dressmaker, now a rumored witch. Together Rose and Edie hand-stitch an unforgettable dress of midnight blue for Rose to wear at the Harvest Festival—a dress that will have long-lasting consequences on life in Leonora, a dress that will seal the fate of one of the girls. Karen Foxlee's breathtaking novel weaves friendship, magic, and a murder mystery into something moving, real, and distinctly original.

In a round about way this is story of a missing girl.  It is told in two parts.  The beginning of the chapters details the events of the day of the disappearance and the investigation that follows, while the rest of the chapter tells the story of Rose and through Rose - her friend Pearl.

While the story is quite interesting, I really wasn't totally sure what it was about or why it was being told for a very long time.  It seemed like it was mostly just a story about a couple girls.  The writing was very good, but the story just wasn't what I was expecting and, unfortunately, not something I would have normally read.

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