Emilia Brown is a woman of a certain age. She has spent a frugal, useful, and wholly restrained life in Ashville, a small town in Rhode Island. Overlooked especially by the industries of fashion and media, Mrs. Brown is one of today's silent generation of women whose quiet, no-frills existences would make them seem invisible. She is a genteel woman who has known her share of personal sorrows and quietly carried on.
When the grand dame of Ashville passes away, Mrs. Brown is called upon to inventory her estate and comes across a dress that changes everything. This isn't a Cinderella confection; it's a simple yet exquisitely tailored Oscar de la Renta sheath and jacket - a suit that, Mrs. Brown realizes with startling clarity, will say everything she has ever wished to convey. She must have it.
And so Mrs. Brown begins her odyssey to purchase the dress. For not only is the owning of the Oscar de la Renta a must, but the intimidating trip to purchase it on Madison Avenue is essential as well. If the dress is to give Mrs. Brown a voice, then she must prepare by making the daunting journey - both to the Emerald City and within herself.
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Mrs. Brown was just who I needed to spend some time with these last few days. I sometimes wonder if there are many Mrs. Browns left in this crazy world.
Mrs. Brown is a really good book and I LOVED IT. The writing is flowing and elegant. Perhaps a softer narration for the audio book would have suited it better.
The ending took my breath away because I could have had the same permanent heartbreak; both of my sons served alongside "hers" at that same time.
This is the first time I've enjoyed and respected a book enough to write a review rather than just submit a rating. READ Mrs. Brown and savor the feeling that will remain in your heart.
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