The Dream Dress is the third book in the Weddings by Design series by Janice Thompson and reconnecting with the characters from the first two books was great! There are also some interesting new characters that are thrown into the mix that makes the plot just zing along. Ms. Thompson delivers in spades when it comes to a good clean romance read,peppered with great humor while providing interesting characters that are dealing with real life issues. Gabi Delgado is a character that is so easy to connect with, she is someone who dreams of designing her own dresses, but finds herself stuck working as an assistant to someone who doesn't really value her, things get worse though when she loses her job and the timing couldn't have been worse because Jordan Spencer, the editor of Texas Bride magazine is there to witness it all. This character seemed so real, with her self doubt, being something that she needed to overcome. The relationship that she has with God was quite refreshing. I loved that she had friends that were there to help encourage her. Her growth and change blossomed as the story progressed. Of course since it's a romance one can't help but wonder where things will go between Jordan and Gabi. Anyone who enjoys romance laced with humor, very relatable characters and good christian theme woven through will enjoy not only The Dream Dress but the entire series!
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.
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.