THE DREAM DRESS by Janice Thompson is an interesting Inspirational Contemporary Romance. #3 in the "Weddings by Design", but can be read as a stand alone with re-appearing characters. "The Dream Dress" is a classic Janice Thompson tale of love, laughter, faith, forgiveness, family and romantic tension.
Gabi Delgado dreams of owning her own original dress designs.
Jordan Singer is a reporter for the Texas Bride magazine.
With engaging, lovable characters and an interesting storyline, you can't go wrong with "The Dream Dress". A quirky, fun read that will leave the reader in awe. If you enjoy weddings, designs, laughter and a plain old great read than you are in store of a treat with "The Dream Dress". And of course, you get to visit with Bella Neeley and her family some more too. You must take a leap of faith for your dreams to come true. And you just may find love along the way.
Loved this tender, sweet romance! Received for an honest review from the publisher.
*Coming in February from Revell Books*
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Janice Thompson is one of those authors you just love. Her books are interesting, funny but not slapstick comedy, and thoughtful without being corny. Okay, you will probably laugh hysterically at some things, but other parts will make you swoon or wipe your eyes with a hanky. The Dream Dress is part of the Weddings By Design Series and it would really help to read these in order. I have read them all, reviewed them all actually, and it was so fun to see previous characters and be able to catch up with them. At the beginning of each chapter is a quote from Fred Astair or Ginger Rogers or some other person. One of my favorite quotes in the book is the following found at the beg. of chapter 27. "I have no desire to prove anything by it. I have never used it as an outlet or a means of expressing myself. I just dance."
I have to say, my favorite part in the whole book is where Jordan proposes to Gabi. I am talking good enough to have the emotions swell and the tears flow. Beautiful and thoughtful, I double dog dare you to read it without tearing up. Jordan is the type of guy every girl dreams of marrying. But even more than being handsome and the money he is so sweet. Caring actions go a long way for a guy. And of course we can't forget Mimi and Daniel. We are talking cutest senior couple!! Daniel is a sweetheart:)
No matter what your type of book, this is one I would urge you to pick up. Yes it is modern and I prefer historicals or mysteries but one you can totally fall in love with. You did it again Janice!!
I received a copy of this book from Revell for my review purposes. All thoughts are 100% mine.
This is the first book I have read by Janice and I really liked it. I love her light style. But in saying that the message in the book is anything but light.
First of all, if you enjoy any of those wedding shows on TV you will love reading this book. You will feel like you are getting a sneak peak into those bridal salons.
Gabi wants more and deserves more. She has been overlooked many times in her life, mostly by men. This has given her a warped idea of how men treat women and she has lumped all men into the same category. It began with her dad walking out on her and her mom when she was a kid and now she works for a man how doesn't see her true abilities.
Then she meets Jordan and he throws everything she thought she knew about men out the window. He's kind and see's her and her talent. He's nothing like the other men in her life.
Everyone around Gabi see's her talent but she is in denial about her ability to really go on her own and become a designer. I can totally relate to this. I never felt like I was much of a piano player. I was good at singing and that was it, I even had a professor speak some very negative things to me. But when God gives us gifts He won't let us hide them. Now I am a worship leader who sings and plays, I write music for the plays my students do and play them during the performance. I never sought out those opportunities but God guided me to them. And that is what he does with Gabi...but you'll have to read the book to see how He accomplishes that.
There is a strong spiritual thread that I did appreciate, but it could come across a bit preachy sometimes and maybe a bit contrived. However, I didn't feel that this took away from the story at all. It is a great book I flew right threw.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Gabriella Delgado has a lot of issues to work through. She is a seamstress for a high end wedding dress designer but a closet designer herself. Her biggest passion is designing dresses to make brides beautiful for their wedding. Working for Demetri Markowitz is just a way to pay the bills. She longs to haver her abilities recognized but is also terrified they will be. She lacks the confidence that her designs are good enough. She also carries burdens from her past because her father walked out on her and her mother and she feels all men are the same. Forgiveness is a big part of this book as Gabi needs to finally forgive her father for walking out and Demetri for never giving her the recognition she deserves.
"Forgiving someone--even when it doesn't make sense--is the best gift you can give yourself."
Thankfully, when Gabi meets Jordan Singer, a reporter for the Texas Bride magazine, her viewpoint on men starts to change. If you have ever known the perfect hero for a story, Jordan is it. He is the perfect guy from top to bottom, inside out. So handsome and thoughtful and I think I'm in love. The scene at the theatre was breathtaking and just so RIGHT and fitting given the layout of this book. Gabi's friends referred to her as having a "Cinderella Complex" and the entire story had a Cinderella feel to it. She is also a huge Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers fan and that played a big part in the story also. Each chapter title was a Fred and Ginger movie or song title, tipping it's hat to the legendary dancing duo.
The story was fun and flirty, even hilarious at times with spiritual lessons woven all through the pages. It wasn't overly done but perfectly blended into the story. I love how the author took normal situations and explained them Biblically. What seemed to be a normal occurrence soon became a human version of a story from the Bible. Like the story of Cinderella. I would never have related that to our relationship with God but now I can see the similarities between the two.
"...There's really only one thing that lasts forever, Gabi."
"What do you mean."
"I mean your relationship with your real Father. It can last forever if you accept his invitation to the ball."
Now she'd lost me entirely. "The ball?"
"Speaking symbolically here." A tiny smile tipped up the edges of Bella's lips. "He's extended a special invitation to you, Gabi, whether you know it or not."
"Yes." She nodded and her eyes pooled. "I'm talking about the very best sort of happily ever after you could ever imagine. But it all hinges on one thing--you have to accept."
"Accept... the invitation?"
"Accept the one who offers it."
So much spiritual wisdom wrapped up in one little book. I truly loved that. I also loved the romance that blossomed between Gabi and Jordan. It built slowly over the course of the story but ended with a bang. Like an instrumental when it hits the high notes. It left me sighing and saying a breathless "Ahhh". Another thing that stands out are the characters. I have never read the previous books in this series but I already love the cast of characters. From Mimi Carmen to Demetri Markowitz, they were all amazing and I hope to return to visit them again. I adore Gabi's description of Mimi Carmen, "Half Spanish diva, half buttercream frosting." And she was too. You will fall in love with the endearing, and sometimes eccentric, characters. They are half the charm of this book and the very thing that will draw you back to this series. Although this book can be read as a stand-alone, I can't wait to go back and read the previous books and, hopefully, future ones as well. If you like fun-filled, fairytale romances loaded with little gold nuggets of spiritual wisdom, you'll love this book. It took my mind on a journey to the dream wedding I've yet to have. Read it and take your own journey. Highly recommended!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher for my honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone and are honest and forthright. If I recommend a book it's simply because I liked it. I received no monetary compensation for this review.
Every little girl dreams of what her wedding dress is going to look like on that special day and "The Dream Dress" has taken every little girl's dream and made it come true in the course of this fun-loving novel, a spin-off of the "Weddings by Bella" series.
I'm a personal lover of wedding days and all things wedding paraphernalia. What girl isn't, right? Throw in a sweet hero with a heart for our heroine and you've got a recipe for a great story. Gabi is not without her share of problems, however and I thought her struggles with losing her father, trusting God and starting a brand new business from the ground up were realistic, with a stitch of humor and fun thrown in as well.
Of course, our favorite wedding planner, Bella makes a guest appearance or two along with cameos from some of the beloved characters from earlier in the series. The scenes from the wedding dress shop were amongst my favorites, though they caused Gabi the most angst. But I do admit, the moment she stands up for herself, I wanted to cheer!
A sweeter or more heart pulsing romance couldn't be found for Jordan is one heart-stopping hero. One any girl would want to win the heart of. A true delight from beginning to end, I'd have Gabi design my wedding dress in a heartbeat!
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review.