A Dress the Color of the Moon was a unique, thought invoking journey through a small part of three addicts’ lives.
Disclosure: I received this book to review through iRead Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
Prudence Aldrich is a sex addict. Five weeks ago, she checked into the Serenity Hills rehab center to prevent that addiction from ruining every important relationship in her life. Now Prue must face the trail of destruction she left behind, including mending the broken bond with her teenage son, finalizing the divorce from her husband, Nick, and using a newly learned set of skills to ward off her insatiable cravings for male attention-a compulsion that puts her friendship with lifelong pal Lily to the test.
Adding ever further complications to the hurdles in her path is the arrival into town of Alistair Prescott, her in-rehab romantic obsession, and the one person in the world most capable of throwing Prue off her recovery. Meanwhile, Serenity Hills counselor Mike Sullivan is undergoing a crisis of his own-one that will drive him to the rediscovery of a lifelong passion . . . and causing him to cross paths again with Prue, his former patient.
A Dress the Color of the Moon tracks the rocky and sometimes disastrous path to recovery-a recovery that will require Prudence and her friends to face down the demons of their pasts while learning to accept the fearful uncertainty that comes with living life on your own two feet.
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A Dress the Color of the Moon was a unique, thought invoking journey through a small part of three addicts’ lives. It was definitely different than my usual genres of choice, and while it was considered fiction; I have no doubt in my mind that it isn’t real life to someone out in the real world.
I wish I had read the first book – A Dress the Color of the Sky. I can only assume the first book gave more background on the main character, Prue. While I did not read the first book, only the second; I didn’t feel like I had to read the first book – it’s more of a want. A Dress the Color of the Moon did a good job at giving me details that allowed me to understand what has happened to get us where we were.
Being a psychology major who has studied addiction most of my education; this read was right up my alley. It gave a different insight into addiction and recovery from the addicts view point vs the therapist viewpoint. A lot of what an addicts journey in recovery can be applied to a lot of every day life for your average, no addict person as well which is where I stopped and found myself thinking into a lot of what was written. It also makes you wonder how some of us aren’t more screwed up than we are with the trauma we have experienced!
If you enjoy fiction and can handle the triggers of childhood trauma, sex addiction, alcoholism, drug abuse and suicide; A Dress the Color of the Moon is a recommended read.
About the Author
Jennifer Irwin’s debut novel, A Dress the Color of the Sky, was published in 2017 and has received rave reviews, won seven book awards, and was optioned for a feature film.
Jennifer’s short stories have appeared in numerous literary publications including California’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Fiction.
Jennifer is represented by Prentis Literary and currently resides in Los Angeles.
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