The Woman in the Movie Star Dress by Praveen Asthana has an intriguing storyline but needs editing for homonyms and typos. This does not reflect on the writing of this author. The premise is an excellent one: that a person's soul can be imprinted on the fabric of their clothing. Unfortunately the repetitiveness of the words "transference" and "chi" became distracting. Half of the references could have been omitted. I gave this book three stars.
Genevieve, the protagonist was born Daisy Bear Nightcloud, but changed her name after what was called "The Incident!" She lives at home with her father, Jimmy an alchoholic and brother, Travis who is mentally unstable and bent on revenge.
She works for Annabel at Mel's Hollywood Clothing Store where they sell clothing that had been used in movies. The Store specializes in costumes and clothing worn by movie stars and set extras. She works with Gretchen who entertains her by discussing her sexual escapades as they sell items and gossip. Genevieve has a cavalier attitude about the store inventory and treats it like her personal wardrobe without the knowledge of the owner.
She steals her father's peyote to help her feel more confident and to establish a better connection with the stars who wore the clothing.
She ends up with three possible men: Cameron Scott, who raped her mother and had just been released from jail; Todd, who she grew up with and finds him a bit boring; or Renzo, the mysterious guy who sells murder memorabilia. I was puzzled why she would consider dating the man that attacked her mother. She is promiscuous in her interactions with strange men she selects at Hollywood parties.
I received a complimentary kindle copy from Doublewood Press an Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and NetGalley.
Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Woman-Movie-Star-Dress-ebook/dp/B00R9WTCD8