Friday, June 18, 2010

My Thoughts of Karen Witemeyer's novel:
A Tailor-Made Bride

From the back cover:
When a dressmaker who values beauty tangles with a liveryman who condemns vanity, the sparks begin to fly.

My thoughts:
Wow. It's not often that a book comes along that I absolutely, positively fall in love with. But this is one of them. From the first, Karen's excellent writing drew me in, captured my fancy with the so-much opposite characters--and loveable ones at that. You'll find books where you love a certain character, but can't feel any love for the other. Settings don't "set" right. Plots don't work. But this book had it all.  Wonderful, warm characters, a setting that made you feel right at home, a plot that kept you rooting for the end.

Hannah's independence and determination to succeed in her new business adventure as a seamstress, are admirable. Yet her caring spirit for those less fortunate: a smelly, old man suffering from depression, and a little girl who she befriends and teaches a trade, combine to give her a unique and wonderful personality. Her fun-loving attitude and teasing were a delight to read about.

At first glimpse, you'd think a narrow-minded, quick-to-judge man wouldn't be someone you'd take to, but J.T. Tucker had hidden depths that Karen skillfully wove into the story. He's all man, yet gentle in ways that he doesn't want broadcast about town. And quick to own up--even its only to God--his faults.

I'm so looking forward to Karen's next book. This is a keeper! A wonderful read for anyone who wants an excellent, well-written book. You'll not be disappointed!


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