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A Dress the Color of the Sky

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  76 reviews
For too many years, Prudence Aldrich has been numbing the pain in her life with random sexual encounters. Her marriage to cold, self-centered Nick is, not surprisingly, on the rocks. But after several dangerous experiences with strangers, Prudence finally realizes that she needs therapy to stop her self-destructive behavior, and so she checks into the Serenity Hills rehab ...more
Hardcover, First edition, 322 pages
Published October 1st 2017 by Glass Spider Publishing
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Cynthia Hamilton
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well, that was intense, on every level. I was so taken in by the writer’s candid style, I waded through the first ten-percent thinking the story was auto-biographical. I was reassured to discover it was a work of fiction; what was happening in Prue’s life was crazy and nerve-racking, not to mention criminal and heartbreaking. But in reality, something influenced the author to write about this complex heroine and what it cost her to push through the horrors she encountered early and often, thanks ...more
Leonard Tillerman
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reviews
“Only by acceptance of the past can you alter it.”  (T.S. Eliot)

Undoubtedly, virtually every person on the planet regrets at least one thing that has occurred in their past.  Something which has mortified them and potentially caused shame and embarrassment.  However, in most instances the intensity of these issues are such that a person can leave it behind them and move forward with their life.  Be that as it may, what if the past was so traumatic and tragic that it totally defines a
Prudence (Prue) Aldrich is not perfect. She has a problem with addiction, she makes poor life choices and she loves her little boy Christian. In a effort to save her marriage, she finds herself checked in at Serenity Hills for treatment of her sex addiction. We get a glimpse of her behavior, while on the plane, and we are privy to her thoughts on her ride to the treatment center before she checks in.

The story is a big one, swinging from childhood to the present and childhood again, r
Kelly Bradley
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Dress the Color of the Sky is filled with raw emotion from start to finish. How Jennifer put so much life and emotion into 321 pages I couldn't tell you, but she did it so wonderfully! I couldn't put it down, I was to attached to the characters to stop, which means I finished the reading in just a few days and during those days I cried, laughed, "yelled" at a few characters, felt love, and pretty much every other emotion you can think of because Jennifer writes so honestly and accurately. I tr ...more
the bookish lover
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A dress the color of the sky - by Jennifer Irwin.
---------5/5 stars-----------

I had to read this book twice to fully understand it, I didn’t want to be unfair and review the book without comprehending it from A to Z. and once i did, boy, I loved every word written in those 315 pages. A dress the color of the sky was one of my favorite reads of 2017. Jennifer did an amazing job writing such an amazing, purely brutal and raw story. It is hard to believe she is a debut author.
Patricia Romero
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“My name is Prudence Aldrich. My friends call me Prue. I am a wife, a mother, and a sex addict. Welcome to my heart-wrenching world of deceptions and adultery-disguised behind the pretense of an ordinary life. This is my story of addiction and recovery”_ Prue.

Jennifer Irwin has written a book that is relevant, raw, brutally honest and absolutely stunning. The characters are so well developed and the descriptions were so well done I could easily imagine myself and all of the other cha
Píaras Cíonnaoíth
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An expressive, emotional and captivating read...

If you’ve been around long enough you begin to realize that you cannot escape yourself. Instead, all parts of you that you perceive as flawed must be looked at square in the eye and healed. Each of these healings gets you closer to a more accepting and peaceful life. There are simply no other routes but straight through your own heart and soul.

A Dress The Color of The Sky by Jennifer Irwin is a wonderfully written and richly descriptive adu
Aimee Ann
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Dress the Color of the Sky is an engrossing, enthralling read that enchanted me from beginning to end. This book was so phenomenal that I found it incredibly addictive… so addictive that I found it unputdownable. In other words, I was impatient to reach the next page because I so desperately wanted to know what would happen to the protagonist; when I would have to put this book down I pined for it, I wanted to be back on the journey of self-love with the protagonist of the novel Prudence and k ...more
Anna Gamble
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it
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Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Dress the color of the Sky - Jennifer Irwin.

Wow!..... I really mean it, WOW!

It's been an absolute privilege for me to have the chance to read an advanced copy of this book.

This story is so much more than I ever expected. I feel like I've been through a therapy all of my own. I have been torn apart and put back together again. My own reading journey mirroring the journey the book takes.

I am reluctant to spoil it for anyone else. Suffice to say, this book wil
L.H. Brown
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am so happy that I got the chance to read this book.

It is so completely different from any other book that I've read. This story will grip you from start to finish. Prudence is an amazing character to follow. There are so many details it feels like you are actually in the story.

Congratulations Jennifer! I can't wait to read any other stories you conjure up.
Sandra Fitts
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read!

This book should be on every book club list! Beautifully written with a subject that needs more attention! Fabulous first book!
Ashley Gregory
Jan 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded different than my usual book choices, so when it was brought to my attention I was excited to delve into uncharted territory. Overall, my experience reading Jennifer Irwin’s debut novel A Dress the Color of the Sky was not positive, but I would like to take a few moments to explain why.

To begin, I want to applaud Irwin for tackling such a difficult and complicated topic for her first novel. She has obviously put a lot of time an
Kirsty Wenn
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"A Dress the Color Of the Sky" is a raw, unflinching look at a road to redemption that doesn't always come out like a fairy tale or with a magical cure. Instead, it's about the honesty of making a true discovery of yourself and learning to move forward into an oftentimes scary unknown.

Prudence Aldrich has an addiction to intimacy. When she finally seeks help, she enters a rehab facility in Arizona that forces her to confront the events of her past. Told in alternating chapters of tim
Angie Williams
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was like nothing I've ever read before, and that is a good thing. I did have a hard time getting into it but once I did, it was amazing.

There is a lot of stories about AA, NA etc but never about SA. I don't want it to start a trend because I think that Jennifer's book should be unique.

I had the honour of recieiving this book from the author in exchange for my honest review, and that is what I am giving. I have never felt more compelled to give a book a higher rating
William Middleton
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It reminded me a lot of 'One flew over the cuckoo's nest' with the friendships built within Serenity Hills. A very diverse group of characters from wildly different backgrounds, but the author really shows common bonds and relatability between the characters as the friendships grow.

Dialogue is on point and the author is working with so many different characters and absolutely defines each one and layers them perfectly.

The story jumps between past and present, al
Bookworm Adda
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A DRESS the color of the Sky.
What should I say about this book?
Beautifully written novel.
Jennifer has ventured in to a subject where only few authors dare to write about.
Prudence Aldrich a strong and beautiful women sharing her secrets and her heart wrenching story of her life. Prudence a mother, wife and sex addict who you takes you to reality and current happenings in the world. The way the author has put across the words gives you Goosebumps.

I am so honore
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am so honored to have been chosen to read and review this beautiful debut novel. Jennifer has created a character who you laugh with, cry with and root for throughout her entire journey. The matter-of-fact way in which earth-shattering events are relayed, the seamless jumps between the past and the impressive. I cannot wait for others to meet Pru and hear her story, and I can’t wait to see these characters come to life in the upcoming movie!
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very well written, poignant book about a woman who is working through her issues. It gets pretty heavy, but the characters are compelling as is their journey.
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TITLE- A Dress the Color of the Sky
AUTHOR- Jennifer Irwin
PUBLISHER- Glass Spider Publishing
FORMAT- Hardcover

**Thanks to the Author for the Review copy**

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Maria Ryan
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Unraveling Addiction

Prudence Aldrich is a sex addict. In the throes of a toxic and dysfunctional marriage, she hits a major crossroads in her life and recognizes she needs help. She decides to admit herself into an addiction treatment facility in order to address her problems head on and perhaps to save her marriage to Nick. At the time, she is fraught with money concerns so one of the questions that did come up for me is how is Prudence able to afford her weeks-long stay in a posh f
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, dnf
This book is just not my style. It is quite nice and entertaining, but the plot and main character didn't really interest me personally.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
At first I was not sure about this book. It wasn’t the kind of genre I’m usually into but I told myself, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” So I started reading.
I was only a few chapters in and I couldn’t stop. This book had captivated my attention, pulling me forward and deeper with each chapter and the character that is Prudence Aldrich.
Thank you to Jennifer Irwin for letting me read and review her book “A dress the color of the sky”!
Peggy Fuller
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, which has startlingly original prose. Its subject matter is timely and sometimes difficult to read, as Prudence finds her way out of the turmoil of her past and into a hopeful future. A fresh new voice in fiction!
Madison Black
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brave & compelling! Enlightening your senses & knowledge at the same time.
Author Jennifer Irwin is first of all, brave. She is brave to have taken on the uncomfortable realities of abuse and addiction in her captivating storytelling. Courageous and dauntless is what this author is. This story of this protagonist named Prudence is gripping and riveting. There were times the action was so real, I wanted to step into the pages and play the combined role of liberator and lover. "A Dres
A.E.M. A.E.M.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Some books are easy to read and hard to read all at the same time, and this is one of those books. I think it's hard to read because the reader A) hasn't had to face these hard things and reading about them is difficult or B) has had to face similar hard things and the twinge of familiarity is difficult at times.

But it was also easy to read because the author did a great job of bringing the present and the past to life. I felt like I was kid in some chapters, racing along with the ch
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prudence Aldrich checks into Serenity Hills rehab center for sexual addiction.
She is trying to save her marriage to Nick, and be a better mother to her teenage son Christian.
As she begins her therapy, the story alternates between past and present and we find out things that happened in her childhood that influenced the choices she has made as an adult.
Raw, brutally honest and shocking at times, it is nevertheless a moving and heartfelt account of Pru learning to love and value herse
Elham  Nosrati
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a reader I am amazed by how some books go beyond entertainment and could change other's lives. "A Dress the Color of the Sky" is not only an entertaining book but a close look to what many people in our society are experiencing on a daily basis and ignoring at the same time.
We definitely need more books like this. Jennifer Irwin has done a fantastic job by doing research on "sex addiction" and elaborately using it as the theme of the story. Not only the problem is raised but solutions a
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A native New Yorker and captivating storyteller with a flair for embellishment, Jennifer Irwin currently resides in Los Angeles with two cats, a dog and her boyfriend. After earning her BA in Cinema from Denison University, she worked in advertising and marketing raised three boys, and ultimately became a certified Pilates instructor. While she has written screenplays and short stories since her c ...more