I couldn’t help but smile when I read the dedication page in this book: “And to the queen of country music, the amazing Loretta Lynn. What fun to name my chapters after your song titles!”
I’m pretty sure my first taste of music was listening to my parents records of Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Kitty Wells, and Hank Williams. While I don’t listen to these country legends much anymore, I always have a soft spot for them. When I read Thompson’s dedication, I knew this novel would hold some fun references to Loretta Lynn’s life… I was not disappointed! One of the things I have come to learn to love about Janice Thompson’s writing is her blend of pop culture (even if it might be from years ago) and a contemporary story. For a girl who loves those oldies but goodies, Thompson’s books are a treasure trove of fun references.
**I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
Small-town girl Katie Fisher is planning her wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn’t managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t enter a contest in Texas Bride magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? But when her boyfriend breaks up with her and takes a job in another town–the very same day Katie wins her dream dress–her world is turned upside down. Should she claim her prize? And will the hunky former pro-basketball player who runs the swanky Dallas bridal shop–yeah, you read that right–catch on to her humiliation if she does?
Janice Thompson designs a romance sure to delight, with plenty of fish-out-of-water moments, a hilarious supporting cast, and more of the wedding biz world her readers adore.
“Just saying that life is good. It’s full of twists and turns, but it’s good.”
-Katie Fisher, Every Bride Needs a Groom
Characters: While I enjoyed getting to know Katie Fisher and the hero of the book, it was just as fun meeting all of the minor characters of the story. More often than not they had me laughing or just smiling. The characters, unique as they are, completely pop off the page in this book.
Storyline: There are so many unusual things about this story that make it wonderful and unpredictable–a professional basketball player running a bridal store, an unengaged woman getting a custom-made wedding gown, a quirky cast. I loved it! The writing was witty and fantastic and the story was one that was hard to put down–in fact, I couldn’t even resist reading the sample chapter from the next book, and I rarely do that! I just hadn’t had enough of this book yet…
My Thoughts: Janice Thompson has a uniquely wonderful way of telling a story–and this book is no exception. I loved getting to know the colorful Fisher family, the girls (and guy) at the Cosmopolitan Bridal Store and all the other people that popped up on any other page. Coming into the beginning of wedding season, this was such a fun book about a “someday” bride…after all, what girl can’t relate to planning out her wedding before she even gets engaged?
About the Author:
Award-winning author Janice Thompson also writes under the pseudonym Janice Hanna. She got her start in the industry writing screenplays and musical comedies for the stage. Janice has published over 100 books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children’s books and more. She particularly enjoys writing light-hearted, comedic tales because she enjoys making readers laugh.
Janice was named the 2008 Mentor of the year for ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). She currently serves as president of her local ACFW chapter (Writers on the Storm), where she regularly teaches on the craft of writing.
Janice is passionate about her faith and does all she can to share the joy of the Lord with others, which is why she particularly enjoys writing. Her tagline, “Love, Laughter, and Happily Ever Afters!” sums up her take on life.
She lives in Spring, Texas, where she leads a rich life with her family, a host of writing friends, and two mischievous dachshunds. When she’s not busy writing or playing with her eight grandchildren, Janice can be found in the kitchen, baking specialty cakes and cookies for friends and loved ones. No matter what she’s cooking up—books, cakes, cookies or mischief—she does her best to keep the Lord at the center of it all.
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