Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Every Bride Needs a Groom - A Brides with Style Novel 1 - by Janice Thompson

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About the book:

Somewhere in a sea of tulle and taffeta, satin and crepe, Katie Fisher needs to find a key ingredient of the perfect wedding--the groom.
Small-town girl Katie Fisher is busy planning her fairy-tale wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn't managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn't mean she shouldn't enter a contest in Texas Bride magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? Anyway, she's sure he'll be getting down on one knee any time now. And a one-of-a-kind designer dress doesn't just fall out of the sky right when you need it.

But when Katie's boyfriend takes a job in another town and breaks up with her--on the very same day she wins her dream dress--her world is turned upside down. Dare she go to Dallas to claim her prize? And will the hunky pro basketball player who runs the beyond-swanky bridal shop--yeah, you read that right--discover her humiliating secret if she does?

My review:

This was a fun, lighthearted story!  I enjoyed all of the characters, from Katie who tries to do the right thing, to her quirky grandmother, Queenie, to the crotchety woman who works at the bridal shop.  There were some amusing moments as Katie ends up in one predicament after another and some cute romantic moments, too.  I liked the small town she was from and how cozy it was, but it was fun to see her have an adventure and discover her life could turn out incredibly different, and that it wasn't a bad thing.  It was interesting to see behind the scenes in a bridal salon and the code names for the different kinds of brides were clever.  The setting reminded me of the show, Say Yes to the Dress.  I liked that forgiveness and letting go of bitterness were themes to the story.  Prayer and going to church were important to Katie and her family; faith was a comfortable backdrop to the story.  It was fun to see name drops and characters from some of Janice's other books drop in.  I also loved the quotes at the beginning of each chapter and the chapter titles taken from Loretta Lynn's songs.  She was almost another character in the book with the way she was mentioned so often and how the characters knew her life so well.  I would recommend this book if you like lighthearted romance.

I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.

 The Author

  1. Janice Thompson

    Janice Thompson

    Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson offers an inside look at the wedding business, drawing on her own experiences as a wedding planner. She is the...
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