Monday, May 17, 2010

A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer

Is it too early for me to declare a favorite book of the year? A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer may just be the best of 2010 for me. And it's a historical novel. If you know me at all you know that means a lot. I'm just not that into historicals. But this one? It's wonderful. You have GOT to read this one. It's so well written that I found it hard to believe that it's the authors first published novel. I kept flipping to the back to make sure I was reading " her first novel" correctly.

I think what I enjoyed the most about this novel is the lack of "the big bad person from the past who shows up in town after many years for revenge" that is so prevalent in historicals. Don't get me wrong, there is conflict, but it's from an unexpected source and takes the reader by surprise.

I also appreciated the way these characters take the Word of God to heart and how they try to mold themselves into what Christ would have them to be. This truly is a beautiful story.

Back cover copy:
When a dressmaker who values beauty tangles with a liveryman who condemns vanity, the sparks begin to fly!
Jericho "J.T." Tucker wants nothing to do with the new dressmaker in Coventry, Texas. He's all too familiar with her kind--shallow women more devoted to fashion than true beauty. Yet, except for her well-tailored clothes, this seamstress is not at all what he expected.
Hannah richards is confounded by the man who runs the livery. The unsmiling fellow riles her with his arrogant assumptions and gruff manner, while at the same time stirring her heart with unexpected acts of kindness. Which side of Jericho Tucker reflects the real man?
When Hannah decides to help Jericho's sister catch a beau--leading to consequences neither could have foreseen--will Jericho and Hannah find a way to bridge the gap between them?

This book was provided for review by the author and by Bethany House. To learn more about Karen visit her here.
To purchase this book visit Amazon.

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