Each novel in the Weddings by Design series includes many comedic scenes written with flair by the author, Janice Thompson. Each book centers on a particular female character along with her specialty in the wedding business. The titles alone give a clue to the story written in the pages. For instance, The Icing on the Cake and Picture Perfect now join the latest publication, The Dream Dress. These unique tales have chapter titles that coincide with the theme of a particular part of weddings. Here, in the third book, the chapter titles are from Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' movies with some of the quotes underneath are from Fred or Ginger's life.
Light-hearted, faith-filled and family centered are the various threads that are woven in stories. They draw the audience in as the main Person all the books point too is the Lord. The humility of the main family featured in all the books, who runs a wedding business, is inspiring as they never lose sight that sharing about the Lord is foremost what they are called to do. Some of the characters don't understand the nuances of a faith where talking to God is like talking to a friend even though no one sees Him. In this story, Gabrielle is being drawn to the love of God and because of Him she learns what can bring freedom to her captured heart.
At times I would burst out laughing either at the antics in the novel or it would remind me of something funny in my own wedding and married life. Each character is written by the tender heart of their creator/author. None of them are perfect in anyway which makes the book more alluring. Once in a while I enjoy these light-hearted, entertaining tales because they lighten my heart when real life can sometimes be very hard.
I hope you take time to read all three novels in the Weddings by Design series because you will absolutely enjoy them. You will come away with a bigger appreciation and knowledge of how much God loves and knows each and every part of you. When I turned the last page, I already began wondering if there would be another in the series along with who the main characters might be. So let you imagination fly as well as your heart!
Gabi Delgado, the protagonist for this Christian fiction, easily connects with readers. She's an unappreciated, talented, single lady who is working in a Cinderella-like situation. While others in the shop work in an ample space, Gabi works in a cramped closet.
Her Prince Charming, Jordan, a reporter for Texas Bride magazine is introduced early in the novel, and the author takes the time necessary for romance to build.
Gabi's dream models are Hollywood's dance stars Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Jordan incorporates them into the most romantic date ever. The expected plot includes a happily-ever-after ending. I liked this; it's a fun, sugar candy for the brain book.
Thank you to Lanette Haskins at Baker Publishing and Revell Books for my copy.
This is my third wonderful visit here. Have loved all of these books and characters as they come alive and become friends. Thank you Janice Thompson!
A story about forgiveness, and how it hurts the person who is holding on to it. This one is on a personal level and a work level. Gabi, is working under Demetri Markowitz, whom I wanted to smack. He didn't appreciate her...she is very talented, and he has her doing alterations.
Then we have Grandma, you are going to "love" her. Wait until she wants her sewing machine serviced....ha ha!
We are around so many people who walk their faith, and the results are awesome. Come and reunite with Bella and Club Wed. We also enjoy meals with the Rossi's ...ah I would love that!
What awesome talent Gabi has, and I love how she has such inspiration, and finds out where it is coming from. Be ready for a bit of romance her too. Jordan Singer, a reporter with Texas Bride magazine, is smitten. Add a bit of Fred and Ginger, and your in for a real treat! Don't miss this one! Also, you can read this one alone, but why would you want to!! Enjoy!!
I received this book through Revell's Blogger Tour, and was not required to give a positive 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.
Thank you to Revell Blog Tour, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Gabi is a talented dress designer, but it seems that Demetri keeps her hidden away in a small office doing alterations. Gabi dreams of designing beautiful dresses. When Demetri is interviewed for Texas Bride magazine, Jordan the reporter, throws everything Gabi believes about men out the window.
Her grandmother, thinks he is the local Singer repair man, because his last name is Singer.
Gabi's mom, and grandmother are absolutely hilarious.
Janice writes a book that is full of fun loving characters, and a great story line, yet she doesn't slack on the spiritual aspect.
Since Gabi has had men fail her, her trust level is low and that means she is not quick to trust God either.
Bella says to her "Gabi, trust me, there are men out there with sticking power. You have to find one who's solid in his faith. If he's in a good place with God, he'll be in a good place with you."
Here is another great quote, that I can totally relate too, because after my divorce I learned that if God wasn't the lover of my heart, I couldn't love anyone else, or be a good partner.
"And maybe God--aka Prince Charming -- would help with the loneliness in the meantime. Again, for some girls. But what about girls like me? Seemed like all of my waiting just got me one thing: more time alone in the closet.
Janice has hit the ball out of the park with this book. It encompasses every girl's dream wedding, and God's dream for us. Highly recommended!!