Monday, March 3, 2014

The Dream Dress by Janice Thompson

Weddings by Design - Book 3

A 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 dress designs gracing the young women of Texas. When Jordan Spencer, the editor of Texas Bride magazine visits the shop to do a feature, Gabi is devastated to lose her job in his very influential 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. Could it be that she'll have to design her own wedding dress soon?

As I was preparing to write this review, a scene from the movie Pretty Woman kept flashing into my mind.  The scene is at the beginning and end of the movie and has a guy asking the people around him about their dreams. "Welcome to Hollywood.  Everybody has a dream.  What's your dream? What's your dream? Hey, Mister, what's your dream?  

One of the reasons I love Christian fiction is that it's never just about the story. Because the authors are led by God, there's always an underlying message that speaks to me.  Sometimes I don't want to hear it, but it's there.  I know for most people, especially writers that are just starting out, they are not working their "dream job".  They are working the job that will pay the bills, but every night they go home and write.  Not because they have to, but because it's a passion that builds up inside of them until nothing else matters but the story that's in their head screaming to come out.  Your dream job is the one where you say I get to instead of I have to.  So...what's your dream?

Our heroine, Gabrielle Delgado, was right there.  She had a job in her dream industry, but she made alterations to other people's designs.  She had pictures that just floated out of her head onto paper, but she had to help pay the bills for her, her mother, and her grandmother, so she worked at her not so dream job in a not so fabulous environment for an entirely not so fabulous boss.  But as happens from time to time when God says you're ready, circumstances conspire to get her out of her comfort zone and into the place where God designed her to thrive.  With the help of some very good friends, family, and a very persistent reporter, Gabi moves into where God wants her to be.

Now that I have waxed philosophical, let me tell you what I liked and didn't like.  I thought the story was good. Anyone who has read any of my reviews know that I'm not a big fan of first person stories mainly because I usually don't think like the heroine in the story; however, Ms. Thompson was able to make me forget that.  I thought some of it was a little cheesy, but all in all, it was a fun story.  I think the only little thing I didn't like was that I didn't know where it was set.  I knew it was in Texas and it was on some sort of Island, but not being familiar with Texas Geography, I didn't connect it with Galveston.  In all fairness to the author, she did mention that the dress shop was Galveston's finest on like page 2, but by the time I got into the book, I just didn't put two and two together.  So, just in case you miss it when you read the book.  This book is set in Galveston and it's an island.  There!  Now you know!  :-)

All in all, a good book, which I would probably read again and would recommend that you read at least once.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Baker Publishing Group's book review bloggers program. 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.

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