Another quirky, fun-loving, release from Thompson!
Whenever I need a pick-me-up I run straight to Thompson's books. In moments I'll be laughing my head off while cheering on whoever I'm reading about. In The Dream Dress we get to know Gabi, someone we met in The Icing on the Cake. I love all the many angles of the wedding business and, though my favorite is probably photography, I did like getting into Gabi's head and watching her create. Create is such a lovely word, isn't it? Moving on...
My heart broke for Gabi over and over again. The poor girl didn't get any breaks! However, the reoccurring reference to Cinderella might have made me smile once or twice- only because I saw the truth of it. I felt like Gabi's story is a perfect example of overcoming one's past, letting old wounds heal, and leaning on the Lord for strength. This is what makes The Dream Dress my new favorite but stick around because it will probably change again. Haha!
As far as male leads go, Jordan was great. He always showed up when Gabi needed a boost and when she needed a little nudging toward God. Something else I really liked about he and Gabi's relationship was how it began with friendship, stepped toward innocent flirting, and then danced to a deeper relationship. ;-)
This brings me to the close. I'm always happy and excited to read one of Thompson's books and this one was no disappointment. I hope we get to visit Galveston again soon!! I recommend this book to romantic comedy lovers out there. Aside from a few winks to the wedding night and some kissing, Thompson keeps the book clean.
I received this book from Revell in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!!
The Dream Dress is the third book in Janice Thompson's Weddings by Design series, and follows the romance of Gabi Delgado who's a closet dress designer relegated to the alterations room of Galveston's Haute Couture Bridal Shop. On the side, she dreams of designing gowns of her own style for brides, like the one she's creating for her friend Scarlet (heroine of Icing on the Cake, Thompson's previous book in the series). Maybe one day her high-maintenance boss, Demetri Markowitz, will see she has talents of her own and promote her to the design team.
Gabi's issues include the fact that her father abandoned her family when she was a child. She has difficulty trusting men. She also feels unworthy to succeed. After all, if she were any good, her father wouldn't have left.
On the day Jordan Singer, reporter for Texas Bride magazine, shows up at Haute Couture to do a piece on Galveston's upcoming high society wedding, everything goes wrong. The bride has the fancy gown on and doesn't like it, Scarlet shows up with chocolate eclairs and Gabi manages to trip and get chocolate on the gown_and Demetri fires her.
Jordan realizes it wasn't Gabi's fault and tries to make things up to her. As he continues work on the article and connects with the various wedding vendors on Galveston (Bella and crew), he tries to convince Gabi of her creative skills and that all men are not like her father.
This single point-of-view, first person contemporary romance story will speak to any woman who struggles with her self-worth, for whatever reason. But it isn't all deep and serious. Thompson's signature humor shines through like a sunshiney day. If you like stories about the wedding biz and stories where the characters show development and growth, you'll enjoy The Dream Dress.
I received a copy of this book from Graf-Martin Communications for the purpose of a review. Opinions are mine alone.
Janice Thompson in her new book, "The Dream Dress" Book Three in the Weddings by Design series published by Revell returns us to Galveston Island and into the life of Gabi Delgado.
From the back cover: 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 forTexas 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.
Gabi Delgado is a dress designer who daily works hemming and altering other designer's wedding dresses for soon to be brides. To take a person with the talent to design dresses and turn her into a seamstress is a lot like bottling an active volcano. Sooner or later something is going to blow. Welcome back to Galveston Island and a whole new set of characters to go along with Bella and her Italian family from the Weddings By Bella series. Jordan Singer is a reporter for Texas Brides magazine and when he meets Gabi here comes the beginning of the blow. During the course of this story we watch her grow and mature and step into her destiny one step at a time. Plus there is also dancing involved. This book is all about embracing who you are and who God called you to be. All the characters are likable and Ms. Thompson has a way of bringing you into the story and making the characters lives very real. Have fun by looking at the chapter titles they are all either Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies or song titles. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
The first book by Janice Thompson I read was Fools Rush In. It is from the Weddings By Bella series which is the precursor for this series. My whole book club loved it because it was so widely appealing. It had depth and humor.
This new series, Weddings by Design, and in particular The Dream Dress continues that great writing style of Janice's that we have all come to love and expect. This particular book focuses in on Gabi Delgado, a wanna be wedding dress designer consigned to being the alterations girl at a prestigious salon.
Gabi is somewhat patiently biding her time trying to work her way up to being a designer. The situation seems pretty bleak but she is determined. Then one day along comes Jordan Singer, a reporter from a well known magazine, and her world turns upside down.
This book strikes just the right cord. There are new characters to get to know, family members that you want for your own, and old friends that you can catch up with from past books. The women at Haute Couture Bridal are an interesting group and the boss Demetri Markowitz keeps everyone hopping. Gabi's grandmother, Mimi Carmen, is an absolute delight. Who wouldn't want a grandma like that? Bella and the whole crew at Club Wed are so much fun to be around. Makes you want to be part of the family.
I really think that you can read The Dream Dress as a stand alone title. But if you want my experienced opinion you really should read the whole Weddings by Design series. Actually you should absolutely indulge yourself and go back and start with the Weddings by Bella. You won't be disappointed . . . I promise!
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
As I was preparing to write this review, a scene from the movie Pretty Woman kept flashing into my mind. The scene is at the beginning and end of the movie and has a guy asking the people around him about their dreams. "Welcome to Hollywood. Everybody has a dream. What's your dream? What's your dream? Hey, Mister, what's your dream?
One of the reasons I love Christian fiction is that it's never just about the story. Because the authors are led by God, there's always an underlying message that speaks to me. Sometimes I don't want to hear it, but it's there. I know for most people, especially writers that are just starting out, they are not working their "dream job". They are working the job that will pay the bills, but every night they go home and write. Not because they have to, but because it's a passion that builds up inside of them until nothing else matters but the story that's in their head screaming to come out. Your dream job is the one where you say I get to instead of I have to. So...what's your dream?
Our heroine, Gabrielle Delgado, was right there. She had a job in her dream industry, but she made alterations to other people's designs. She had pictures that just floated out of her head onto paper, but she had to help pay the bills for her, her mother, and her grandmother, so she worked at her not so dream job in a not so fabulous environment for an entirely not so fabulous boss. But as happens from time to time when God says you're ready, circumstances conspire to get her out of her comfort zone and into the place where God designed her to thrive. With the help of some very good friends, family, and a very persistent reporter, Gabi moves into where God wants her to be.
Now that I have waxed philosophical, let me tell you what I liked and didn't like. I thought the story was good. Anyone who has read any of my reviews know that I'm not a big fan of first person stories mainly because I usually don't think like the heroine in the story; however, Ms. Thompson was able to make me forget that. I thought some of it was a little cheesy, but all in all, it was a fun story. I think the only little thing I didn't like was that I didn't know where it was set. I knew it was in Texas and it was on some sort of Island, but not being familiar with Texas Geography, I didn't connect it with Galveston. In all fairness to the author, she did mention that the dress shop was Galveston's finest, but I just didn't put two and two together. So, just in case you miss it when you read the book. This book is set in Galveston and it's an island. There! Now you know! :-)
All in all, a good book, which I would probably read again and would recommend that you read at least once.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Baker Publishing Group's book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/wa...; : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.