Like many I was frightened off of this book by the timeline. The book and the series was sidelined and stuck in my...maybe read it sometime file.
I am glad I waited. When I finished Black Gown the thought that Dash and Pippin would spend 20 years apart was unthinkable.
Coming back to this book after time had passed was like rediscovering a first love.
The story is unique, the characters complex, and the plot unexpected.
Yes, there were a few lines tread close to for the romance genre, but imo none of the "rules" were broken.
Red Dress explored something you rarely see in the genre, a lost love that is reclaimed not after a month or a year, but a lifetime.
It was real, it was poignant, and it was an excellent book.
As a stand alone I would give it 5 stars, but as part of a series there was a huge disconnect. Which has unfortunately resulted in many unhappy fans.
If you love the series, but like me set this one aside.
Give it a chance, you won't regret it.