Focused on different aspects of the wedding industry on Galveston Island, the Weddings by Design series follows Hannah McDermott, Scarlet Lindsey, Gabi Delgado, and Cassia Pappas in their own respective novels as they discover friends, love, and plenty of professional opportunities thanks to their connection with Bella Neeley and the rest of the Rossi family (from the Weddings by Bella series). Surrounded by unique families, quirky brides, and plenty of connections to the world of Janice Thompson's other characters, these women become well-respected professionals and advocates of their respective vocations.
These light-hearted novels are reminiscent of Sandra Bricker's Emma Rae Creation series (including Always the Baker, Never the Bride; Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride; Always the Designer, Never the Bride; and Always the Baker, Finally the Bride), filled with laugh-out-loud moments and excellent character development. Ms. Thompson's focus on wedding photography and flowers, in addition to cake and wedding dress design, set her apart from Ms. Bricker's works. Additionally, Ms. Thompson's personal experience in wedding planning becomes exceptionally evident in the level of detail that she brings to her novels.
Overall, I found these books to be exceptionally fun to read. Out of all the books, I most enjoyed the first two novels (Picture Perfect and The Icing on the Cake), as they seemed to be the most well-developed out of all the stories and had more mature characters than the final two.
Another hit out of the Park! This book is the third in the Weddings by Design Series and I have loved all 3. While it is best to read this series in order, However it can stand alone. I love the humor in Janice Thompson's writing which helps make it an enjoyable read. This book has some very humorous and also very touching and moving sections. I have to say the proposal in this was over the top with a Wow factor! I won't say any more so as not to spoil it, but you will not want to miss this part. Another favorite with her writing is the way she brings in Spiritual applications. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series which has just been released.
Guys. I don't know what it is about this series or this author. It started with the Weddings by Bella series. I was absolutely hooked. There wasn't even a reason why I loved it so much, because it wasn't my usual type of read, but I just did. I fell absolutely, completely in love, and that love has continued to her spin-off series, Weddings by Design. While Bella's series was all about, well, Bella, each book in the Design series has a different MC, and I loved that just as much.
Gabi is an alterations girl by day, closet wedding dress designer by night. She doesn't dare tell her boss, the infamous Demetri *insert pretentious sounding something here*. Until the day she gets humiliatingly fired, in front of a (very cute) reporter, no less.
One of the reasons I like this series so much is the people. I mentioned how I loved Bella's series, and it was most in part to the absolutely crazy, lovable, mixed-up family she had. So I love how the author brings all those people back in. It might seem a little crazy at times (in fact, I would definitely recommend reading Weddings by Bella before this one because of all the people), but that is just part of the charm. I LOVE culture, especially when talking about food ;). So each new MC bringing in her own culture and differences makes it that much more special, and Gabi is no different. I love the family aspect in each story, and absolutely adored Mimi Carmen.
Gabi herself was such a cute character. She was hard-working and sweet and loyal, and just wanted to do what she loved. And Jordan...can someone say sa-woon? I will say, the romance seemed a bit underdeveloped in this one. It seemed to just...happen without any reason or substance. I know that all the romances in this series have seemed to happen really fast since they only got one book instead of three, but this seemed faster than most.
This book had plenty of moments that just made me laugh. Demetri and his "Fab Five", the Splendora Sisters (Lord, help us all), even Guido the parrot has his moment (yes, he's in this book too). I loved Bella, and how she was a part of this one, as well as Scarlet and Hannah from the first two books.
I realize that some people might have problems with this book, in how cheesy it can come across, how everything works out just perfectly, how Gabi's fascination with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers is overdone, especially considering Scarlet did the same thing with Lucy in The Icing on the Cake. And, even I will admit that this is all true. But I don't care. This book just made me really, really happy. I have no doubts about giving it the rating I did, because when it comes down to it, this book did exactly what a book is supposed to do. It entertained, it made me laugh, it made me swoon, it made me just all-around happy.
It is not a good idea to read The Dream Dress in a public place. Unless you want people looking at you like you are crazy. It starts off with a lot of laugh out loud moments. Oh my goodness! This is the first book I have read by Janice Thompson. I had no idea how funny her books were. The character of Gabi and her friends were hilarious. What a fun movie this book would make. If you need some humor in your life, you need to pick up this book.
Janice Thompson has done it again!!! With her wit, charm, and delightful skill as a storyteller Thompson has ended another wonderful and delightful trilogy Weddings by Design. In this final book, we meet wedding dress designer Gabi. She is a wonderful character who dreams of someday being more than she is. With a wonderful cast of characters to help Gabi along, including our beloved ones from the Weddings By Bella series, she starts on a journey of self worth. She learns that her Father in heaven is always there for her, she learns what true loves really looks like, and she learns that dreams can come true. If you want a funny, wonderful, heart-warming story read the entire series Weddings By Design. This ending book is perfect! As always, I can't wait for more by this great author!