By Kelly Bridgewater
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?
When you think of a novel dealing with weddings, Janice Thompson’s name comes to the forefront of my mind. She has written a number of novels, featuring the wedding industry and all the struggles involved with a comedic flair. I have only read one other book by Janice Thompson, but something about the cover on the book from Every Bride Needs a Groom grabbed my attention. Maybe it is the pretty model in the beautiful wedding dress, modeling it in front of the mirror.
Anyways, Every Bride Needs a Groom is a unique and totally unpredictable story. From the moment, I met Katie I knew something had to be different about her. She enjoys her small town Fairfield, Texas and enjoys working in her father’s hardware store. But after winning the wedding dress and cover on the Texas Bride magazine, she travels to the big city and changes her status in life. I didn’t see the story as a typical romance; it was nicely handled. I enjoy romances where the hero and heroine take awhile to fall in love, and Thompson did just that in Every Bride Needs a Groom.
The setting of the bridal shop in Dallas, Texas appeared to be realistic. From the tulle and lace, wrapped around the various mannequins in the bridal shop, I never once doubted Thompson description about the shop. I haven’t been in a bridal shop in fourteen years, so I take Thompson at her word, but from what I remember, and what the television shows portray, it rang true.
Katie Fisher and Brady James were not the normal pairing. What I mean is that Katie Fisher actually enjoys the small town living where she grew up and was prepared to marry her small town boyfriend, so she enters this contest. But what would happen, he breaks up with her just after she finds out she won the dress and cover. Katie is innocent, sweet, and wants the best for her family. On the other hand, Brady, a professional basketball player on leave, honors his mother by offering to take control of her bridal shop while she fulfills her dream in Paris. Brady is sweet, caring, and truly a noble man who honors his commitments to God, family, and his career.
Overall, Janice Thompson’s Every Bride Needs a Groom is a unique wedding story with characters that will attach themselves to your heart and not let go. I truly enjoyed this story and anxiously wait for the next volume in the continuing saga of Katie and Brady.
I received a complimentary copy of Every Bride Needs a Groom from Revell Publishing and all the opinions stated are my own.
|From Thompson's Amazon's Author Page|
Janice Thompson’s Writing Bio:
Inspirational author Janice Thompson also writes under the name Janice Hanna. She got her start in the industry writing screenplays and musical comedies for the stage. Janice has published over 100 books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children's books and more. In addition, she enjoys editing, ghost-writing, public speaking, and mentoring young writers. She was thrilled to be named the 2010 Barbour/Heartsong Author of the Year, with three books on the top ten list for that house. Janice is active in her local writing group, where she regularly teaches on the craft of writing. Her online course, "Becoming a Successful Freelance Writer" (www.freelancewritingcourses.com) has been helpful to many who want to earn a living with their writing. Janice is passionate about her faith and does all she can to share the joy of the Lord with others, which is why she particularly enjoys writing. She lives in Spring, Texas, where she leads a rich life with her family, a host of writing friends, and two mischievous dachshunds.
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