This is my favourite Karen Witemeyer book! I have read it twice already. Hannah is a loveable and interesting character and I particularly enjoyed the warmth of her heart for others along with her strength of character to do what she felt was right and was best for her. She was a woman before her time with her regular exercise regime - the calisthenics program she followed adding another interesting dimension to the book. JT, as a man's man with a hidden heart of gold is a great male lead and Karen does a fantastic job of portraying the palpable, simmering tension between Hannah and JT. This one was hard to put down.
J.T. Tucker is of the opinion that beauty, or at least the pursuit of it, is evil. It was all his mother pined for. . .which had the affect of ending his parents' marriage. So when a sweet young lady (pretty, too) comes to Coventry, Texas, to open a dressmaking shop, J.T. is upset. What's wrong with women like his younger sister wearing serviceable, decent clothing? Why fill their heads with notions they don't need?
Hannah Richards knows God brought her to Coventry, but it's hard to break into the women's circles in the small town. The liveryman across the way isn't the only one who gives her a wide berth, but even so, sullen J.T. seems to be looking out for her in quiet ways. When Hannah hatches a plan to sew a new dress for J.T.'s sister and help her snag the man of her dreams, life will never be the same as various villagers get caught in the drama. At some point, J.T. must realize God created beauty, and not every beautiful, fashionable woman is like his mother.
If you enjoy Christian historical romance with a strong, opinionated heroine and a hero who is in turn stubborn and sweet, you may like A Tailor-Made Bride.