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.
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Janice Thompson does it again. In The Dream Dress she delivers another delightful tale, weaving a tapestry of hope, encouragement, and dreams realized. We are immersed into the heart of a group of wonderful friends. As with The Icing on the Cake, one of the things I like best about this story is how the author wove Christian values and testimonies into the storyline. The Christian message is not forced, but is a very natural part of the characters lives. Gabi's questions and struggles with understanding the life of a Christian are thoughtful and insightful. I enjoyed pondering the perspective that the author gives through Gabi.
The Dream Dress is written with Janice Thompson's lighthearted sense of humor which shows in her funny one-liners and truly lovable characters The end result is a fun-filled romance with just enough romantic tension to keep the pages turning. The author's tagline for writing is "Love, Laughter and Happily Ever After" and she definitely delivers that in this book.
Gabi Delgado dreams of being a dress designer, she has the talent but not the confidence. Her boss is a nightmare to work for and fires her at the drop of a hat and then expects her to come back at his beck and call. It seems all the men in her life have let her down, how can she be expected to give her all to a heavenly father when the earthly guys have proved unworthy. Life for Gabi takes an upward turn when Jordan Singer a reporter for Texas Bride Magazine, does a feature article on Haute Couture Bridal the shop she works for and one of there bride's. With the help of Jordan and good friend Bella, Gabi's spirit soars and her view of God the Father and men in general become increasingly positive.
This is the first book I have read by author Janice Thompson. I found her writing style to be easy to follow and enjoyable. I fell in love with this storyline. With each book I read I find the author leaves a little part of herself or himself behind. In this case it was the story of creation that touched a part of my inner most being. Like never before I understand the teaching of creation and how God is in the business of creating. With the help Holy Spirit, He stirs within each of us and gives us the ability to create too. I give The Dream Dress five stars. I highly recommend it to all readers who enjoy contemporary, romance, and Christian fiction.
I want to thank the author Janice Thompson and publisher for bringing good clean Christian books like this one to readers like me. I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Wow, I just love stories with a wedding theme, and I am just nearly 100% positive this one is my favorite. I loved re-visiting old friends like Bella, the Rossi family, and the Splendora Sisters. They seem like family, you just relate to each one of them. This story was over the top with romance. Jordan was one romantic guy and he knew how to woo his girl. I love everything about this story. A great story that I read until the wee hours of the morning to finish. Just cannot say enough how much I enjoyed the story, it was awesome. Definitely 5 stars from this reviewer! This book was provided by Revell for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
As expected, Janice Thompson delivers a sweet romance with plenty of humorous moments in The Dream Dress. I'm loving this series all about weddings. It's making me remember fun moments of my own season of wedding planningâ€”which was so fun!
Gabi is a talented wedding designer, and it was fun to see her friends rally around her to encourage her to follow her dreams. Jordan was a great guy as well, and he matched Gabi well. I laughed out loud when reading the scene when Gabi's grandmother mistakes Jordan Singer for the Singer sewing machine repairman! So funny!
My biggest complaint was that there didn't seem to be much conflict within the story or the relationship. There were no angsty moments or times when I wasn't totally sure how a situation would be resolved.
Overall, though, I enjoyed my time with Gabi, Bella, and their friends. Readers who enjoy sweet romantic comedies will definitely enjoy this story! [4 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Revell Books in exchange for my fair and honest review.