Five Brides

Five BridesTitle: Five Brides
Author: Eva Marie Everson
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-4143-9744-3

“This is all quite mad. We’re going to buy a dress for weddings we’ve not yet received proposals for? And what if one of us never marries? Or waits. A long, long time,” Joan questions her roommates in Eva Marie Everson’s novel, Five Brides.

This four hundred and eighty page paperback targets those who enjoy historical Christian romance. With no profanity or overtly sexual scenes, topics of premarital sex and pregnancy may not be appropriate for immature readers. This reviewer wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

Set in the nineteen fifties in America, five single women’s lives are intertwined around one wedding dress they fall in love with one Saturday and purchase, hoping to wear it when and if they walk down the aisle to matrimony.

Betty, the eldest at twenty-six years old, comes from a wealthy family but has turned her back on her parents’ allowance because she refuses to marry the man they choose, a long-time family friend.

Ever searching for perfect employment, Joan moves in with Betty and ardently saves every dime that she sends a portion back to her parents in war-torn England. Insisting there is no time for romance, she juggles up to three jobs a week as she experiences life to the fullest.

Sisters Madga and Inga have left their sheltered, conservative life raised by strict Lutheran parents. Expanding their wings, Madga becomes an airline stewardess hoping to find Mr. Right in Los Angeles while Inga prefers to hide herself in a book or write.

Lastly, Evelyn is the roommate who no longer wants to follow in her parents’ footsteps of being a farmer’s wife. Doing anything she can to become sophisticated and classy, she turns into a society girl only to have her dreams change course.

As all five women wear the distinctive wedding dress when it is their turn, they grow up, change, and learn to trust God, realizing He directs their paths. An engaging tale, the book promotes how love conquers all, and the Almighty is always nearby.

Multi-award winning author, Everson is president of World Weavers International, director of Florida Christian Writers Conferences, and owns a company. She and her husband have three children as well as grandchildren.

Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.

This review will be posted on Tyndale, the Book Club Network, DeeperShopping, and Amazon with links on, LinkedIn, Godinterest, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.


Filed under **** Good - Will Be Glad to Pass On to Others, Christian, Fiction

5 responses to “Five Brides

  1. I always appreciate that you wish the pronouns for God were capitalized for reverence. I enjoyed this review because I was hoping to get this book, but God knew that I had enough books to read and review already!!

    • Ha! Hold your breath, Julie! A giveaway contest is starting tomorrow on it 🙂

    • Hello! I tried to respond to this last night but I’m living out of a suitcase right now and the internet wifi is sketchy at best. So … let me try this again.

      Thank you so much for your kind review. It means more to authors than you can imagine when someone likes (and says they like) the results of months and sometimes years of hard work.

      I do hope you understand, however, (and especially for future authors whose work you review) that the decision to capitalize the pronouns of God are not up to the author but to the publishing house. It’s called “style.” If you read many of my articles and other works you will see that I do capitalize the pronouns for God. I also capitalize the pronouns when writing in my own journal, but you can’t read that! LOL

      This truly is a source of frustration for many of us (we have to ask each publisher whether or not to cap the “h” and then try to remember with each keystroke, especially when our fingers naturally WANT to capitalize the “h”). But then I remind myself that neither Moses nor David nor Peter nor Paul cap the “h” when they wrote (nor punctuate apparently, but that’s another story), so the world won’t stop spinning if I don’t. Take a deep breath, Eva Marie, God still loves you because He knows you cap the “h” in your heart.

      On another note, a reminder to your wonderful readers that Five Brides is based on a true story. If you’d like to know more about Joan Hunt Zimmerman and the REAL dress, you can go to my website:

      Thank you again!

      • Eva Marie! Thanks so much for responding – it is great when an author actually replies to a review :-). I wonder why publishers are so apposed to capitalizing God’s pronouns (I never rate down due to it – I mention out of reference to the Almighty (plus it is easier to read!). Loved your journal comment. I should have mentioned it was based on a real story – how sweet!

        Did you see I am running a contest on it on my blog? Fun.

        Thanks & God bless ya – keep on writing.

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