Twitteresque Reviews: The Dress Thief, Carry the One, The Lost and the Found

February 18, 2016 Book review, Twitteresque Reviews 12 ★★★½

Twitteresque reviews are for books where I don’t feel like writing a full review but I want to give you a flavour of how I felt during the book.  All in 140 characters or less!

 

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The Dress Thief by Natalie Meg Evans

Twitteresque Reviews: The Dress Thief, Carry the One, The Lost and the FoundThe Dress Thief by Natalie Meg Evans
Published by Quercus Books on January 1st 1970
Pages: 564
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
three-half-stars

Alix Gower has a dream: to join the ranks of Coco Chanel to become a designer in the high-stakes world of Parisian haute couture. But Alix also has a secret: she supports her family by stealing designs to create bootlegs for the foreign market. A hidden sketchbook and two minutes inside Hermès is all she needs to create a perfect replica, to be whisked off to production in New York.
Then Alix is given her big break – a chance to finally realize her dream in one of the most prominent Parisian fashion houses – but at the price of copying the breakthrough Spring Collection.
Knowing this could be her only opportunity, Alix accepts the arrangement. But when a mystery from her past resurfaces and a chance meeting has her falling into the arms of a handsome English war reporter, Alix learns that the slightest misstep – or misplaced trust – could be all it takes for her life to begin falling apart at the seams.

 

Refreshingly different, full of Parisienne haute couture, fashion spies and a heroine that is perfectly imperfect.

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Carry the One by Carol Anshaw

Twitteresque Reviews: The Dress Thief, Carry the One, The Lost and the FoundCarry the One by Carol Anshaw
Published by Tantor Media on March 6th 2012
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 255
Format: Audiobook
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
dnf

Carry the One begins in the hours following Carmen's wedding reception, when a car filled with stoned, drunk, and sleepy guests accidently hits and kills a girl on a dark, country road. For the next twenty-five years, those involved, including Carmen and her brother and sister, connect and disconnect and reconnect with each other and their victim. As one character says, "When you add us up, you always have to carry the one."
Through friendships and love affairs; marriage and divorce; parenthood, holidays, and the modest tragedies and joys of ordinary days, Carry the One shows how one life affects another and how those who thrive and those who self-destruct are closer to each other than we'd expect. Deceptively short and simple in its premise, this novel derives its power and appeal from the author's beautifully precise use of language; her sympathy for her very recognizable, flawed characters; and her persuasive belief in the transforming forces of time and love.

 

DNF – I tried but it’s not for me.  Painfully slow, very lyrical writing and I didn’t connect with any of the characters.  It was carrying me to a book slump so I cut it off.

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The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke

Twitteresque Reviews: The Dress Thief, Carry the One, The Lost and the FoundThe Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke
Published by Quercus on July 2nd 2015
Pages: 441
Format: Paperback
Source: Received from Author
Goodreads
four-stars

LOST.
When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister. Faith’s childhood was dominated by Laurel’s disappearance – from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention to dealing with so-called friends who only ever wanted to talk about her sister.
FOUND.
Thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the garden of the Logans’ old house, disorientated and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Laurel is home at last, safe and sound. Faith always dreamed of getting her sister back, without ever truly believing it would happen. But a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated and paranoid, and before long she begins to wonder if everything that’s lost can be found again…

 

Great read!  I loved how real and complex the characters and family relationships were.  Add in a story straight from the newpaper headlines and I was hooked.

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Talk to TrishHave you read any of these and what did you think of them? Are there any that you are interested in reading? 

three-half-stars

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12 Responses to “Twitteresque Reviews: The Dress Thief, Carry the One, The Lost and the Found”

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I’m adding The Dress Thief and The Lost and the Found to my TBR immediately. The Dress Thief sounds wonderful and The Lost and the Found sounds seriously creepy. I’m looking forward to both! That’s too bad about Carry the One. The premise didn’t really grab me but it could have been an interesting read but I don’t think it’d work for me either.
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…Why Not Me – Review

  2. Bookworm Brandee

    I like this sort of review, Trish. There are times when I don’t feel like writing an entire review as well. *ha* Short and sweet…wonderful! I like the sound of The Lost and the Found. The Dress Thief sounds pretty good as well but I think it’s one I’d have to be in the right mood for. Carry the One – I’m disappointed you didn’t like this one. I picked it up at work when it came in as an ARC. I haven’t read it yet, of course, but I was excited about the premise. Hmm…
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  3. Evie Gaughan

    Twitter reviews?! Brilliant idea Trish 🙂 I wonder if readers would be more inclined to leave reviews on Amazon if they thought they only had to write 140 characters? Very interesting… I think you might have started a new trend!

  4. Rita @ View From My Home

    I always like when you mix things up here, Trish, and Twitteresque reviews are fun and all that is sometimes needed.
    I now want to read The Lost and the Found. I tried Carry the One last year and also DNF it after only a few chapters.

    Have you been okay lately? I haven’t seen you posting your weekly “Share a Cuppa” posts and I miss them. Hope you are doing fine! 🙂
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