Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Brides With Style #1

Every Bride Needs a Groom

Small-town girl Katie Fisher is planning her 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? But when her boyfriend breaks up with her and takes a job in another town--the very same day Katie wins her dream dress--her world is turned upside down. Should she claim her prize? And will the hunky former pro-basketball player who runs the swanky Dallas bridal shop--yeah, you read that right--catch on to her humiliation if she does?

Every Bride Needs a Groom (Brides With Style, #1) 
 Published April 21st 2015
 by Fleming H. Revell Company
5 Stars

This is  a beautifully written story about dreams and unfortunately reality. 
It is a book that will keep a smile on your face even after you finish the last word written.  It is full of humor, love, heartbreak and trust. 
Most all little girls not only plan, but dream of their weddings from an early age and Katie Fisher is no different.  She's a 24 year old woman who has been planning her wedding since the age of 6.  She works in her small town at the family owned hardware store.
  When cousin LoriLou calls to tell her about the contest to win a wedding gown designed by Nadia James who owns Cosmopolitan Bridal in Dallas without much thought she sends her entry into the contest. 
Problem #1 
She's not engaged.
Of course she has been dating Casey Lawson for almost 8 years and has basically known him all her life so she knows it's just a matter of time before he proposes. 
Problem #2 
She won the contest.
On June 1st Madge Hamilton with Cosmopolitan calls to inform her she has won the contest. Now how to get Casey to pop the question.  
Problem #3
Casey informs her that he feels his future is in Tulsa, Oklahoma working for Chesterfield Oil & Gas. 
I could go on listing obstacles for Katie, but there would truly be too many.  Katie decides that what's most important is that she is upfront and honest with Cosmopolitan and inform them that she is neither has a boyfriend or is engaged. 
What a wonderful plot and one that will keep you turning the pages until the end.  I loved Katie's character.  At the beginning of the story she makes a gets caught up in the excitement of the contest, makes an assumption and ends making a bad decision.  I like how she takes responsibility for her mistake and tries to make amends.
This is a wonderful romance interlaced with lots of humor.  It's a delicious tale as characters find things more complicated than they ever imagined.  It's vastly entertaining.  It's definitely a clean, feel good romance that I would recommend to anyone.  
** I received this book through NetGalley for a honest opinion without outside influence or bias.  

Janice  Thompson

My name is Janice Thompson. (You will find me published under Janice Hanna, Janice Hanna Thompson, Janice A. Thompson as well.)

I’m a Christian freelance author of novels, non-fiction books, magazine articles and musical comedies for the stage. I live in the Houston area, where the heat and humidity tend to reign, regardless of the season.

I’m the mother of four beautiful daughters, (Randi, Courtney Rae, Megan and Courtney Elizabeth. Yes, I really do have two daughters named Courtney! Long story…) I also have the three prettiest granddaughters any Nana could hope for – Madysen Lynae, Avery Rae and Peyton Renae. Grandbaby #4, Ethan Ames, was just born in the winter of ‘09 and baby Boston Craig just arrived in the spring of ‘10. Another baby girl is on the way – baby Brooke!

Our family is extremely active in local ministry. My oldest daughter, Randi, leads worship in the Houston area, Courtney Rae leads worship at her church in Montana, Megan works with children at our local church and Courtney Elizabeth sings on the worship team at her church in Michigan. I’m thrilled to have four grown daughters who love the Lord (and several granddaughters who one day will)!

I’ve been writing since childhood. In fact, the first novel I remember crafting was in the sixth grade. I had consumed every Bobbsey Twins book on the shelves and ached for another one, so I created a new adventure for the characters I had grown to love. Of course, I was far too young to understand the concept of plagiarism at that time! I started writing “seriously” in the early 90’s. Since then, I’ve been blessed to have nearly fifty articles published, along with several novels.  

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