I recently read Five Brides by Eva Marie Everson, which was a delightful historical novel. The slightly unconventional story followed the lives of five young women, strangers at first, who eventually became roommates and good friends. The young working women face the typical challenges of unmarried women in the 1950s, and learn to band together and support one another through their hardships and highlights.
I loved that the five women in this novel were strong, young, intelligent women who were working somewhat against the norm. It didn’t follow the typically “meet guy, fall in love, get married” trajectory of many historical romance novels, though romance was woven throughout the story. It was nice to watch these women develop and learn independence, yet still adhering to the standards and expectations of the time.
This novel was very well written. Although I read it quickly, I didn’t feel rushed. The pace of the novel flowed smoothly, and the ebb and flow of the story line followed the emotions of the women. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, especially with a hint of romance. I think it would be a great novel for teenagers and young women, who might well be going through many of the same challenges and discoveries as the characters in the novel. You certainly won’t be disappointed in Five Brides.