Monday, February 24, 2014

Review: The Dream Dress by Janice Thompson

Title: The Dream Dress
Author: Janice Thompson
Publisher: Revell
Pages: 336
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2154-1
Publication Date: February 18th, 2014

Synopsis:
Big dreams take big leaps of faith . . . but what if you trip on the way?

A lowly seamstress at a swanky bridal boutique, Gabi Delgado dreams of doing more than ripping out seams and fitting dresses to doe-eyed brides. She wants to see her own original dress designs gracing the young women of Texas. But when Jordan Singer, reporter for Texas Bride magazine, visits the shop to do a feature, Gabi is humbled in his influential—and unnervingly handsome—presence.

Convinced she'll never get her dreams off the ground now, Gabi needs lots of encouragement—especially from her friend Bella Neeley—to take a chance and start her business. And as she gets to know Jordan, she discovers that she may have to take a chance on love as well.
Review:
The Dream Dress was such an interesting idea for a story. Usually in a romantic book, the story is a build up to the proposal/wedding. Here, we get to experience the fun and frustrations of planning weddings right off the bat, just not that of the main character. We get to experience the stress and strain of wedding through that of Gabi, a seamstress at a high end wedding dress boutique, who dreams of one day being able to create and sale her own designs.

I also enjoyed this story for another reason. Yes, there is a budding romance between Jordan and Gabi, but the love story in this book focused more on Gabi discovering God's love for her. Throughout the book, Gabi is faced with hard choices in her job and personal life and through these choices she grows as a person and slowly discovers what God has planned for her and her life. That part of the story really touched me.

It was a little hard to get settled into the story at the beginning. Gabi has low self esteem. It's hard for me to connect to a character that berates herself, however, as I read through the book, Gabi grew on me because she was able to work on her fears and start putting her faith in God and having more faith in what she herself can do and not listen to the people around her. Gabi's transformation in The Dream Dress was a delight.

Too Read
4 out of 5

About the Author:
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 author of the hugely popular Weddings by Bella series and the Backstage Pass series, as well as Picture Perfect, The Icing on the Cake, and The Dream Dress. She lives in Texas. Learn more at www.janiceathompson.com.





Thank you to Revell Blog Tour, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

4 comments:

Janice said...

I'm so glad you read (and enjoyed) Gabi's story! Bless you for the sweet review!!!

Kate said...

Janice, It was a delightful story! Thank you for sharing your story!

Rissi said...

Great review, Kate! Loved reading your thoughts. :)

Kate said...

Rissi, Thank you. It was a nice story to write about. :-)