Today I have a new to me author on the blog, Lise McClendon and her latest book in her Bennett Sisters Series, The Girl in the Empty Dress. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win 2 ebooks by Lise McClendon to win Blackbird Fly and The Girl in the Empty Dress, open internationally and ends on 6 June, 2014.
Plans for a quiet vacation get away in the Dordogne region of France, the scene and place were beautifully defined and described, giving a sense of the countryside and its people. Starting very slowly for me, the plot seemed to gain some speed when Gillian found the dog and started to obsess over its treatment and care. With the mixing in of a mystery to be solved, I found myself wanting to know what comes next, and that held me through the end of the story,
The first I have read from this author, I did find myself struggling to discover the relationship dynamics between the sisters, and I was hoping to find more interaction and development in their relationship that would give me a sense of just who these women are. The early spats and drama between the sisters and their friend seemed to set my expectations for the book to bring some interpersonal revelations and peace, and I am still unsure as to whether I believe that happened for them. Perhaps the similarities between the six women, lawyers all with specific and different areas of expertise gave me difficulties in distinguishing one from another, and tracking their responses and growth.
I’ll take complete responsibility for not being enamored with the book: I do believe that having some background information to better distinguish the characters would have helped, and that would only have come with information provided by having read the first in the series. While the synopsis states a stand-alone read is possible, I didn’t find that to be so: a rarity in my reading and reviewing.
Title: The Girl in the Empty Dress
Author: Lise McClendon
Series: Bennett Sisters Series #2
Published by: Thalia Press
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A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.