RITA Reader Challenge Review

RITA Reader Challenge Review: A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer

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Title: A Tailor-Made Bride
Author: Karen Witemeyer
Publication Info: Bethany House 2010
ISBN: 9780764207556
Genre: Historical: American

RITA®, and the RITA statuette are service marks of Romance Writers of America, Inc.Everybody, this is Lindlee. She reviews a mo-ton of books for the RITA® Reader Challenge. This book finaled in the Best First Book category.

Book CoverPlot Summary: Jericho “J.T.” Tucker wants nothing to do with Coventry, Texas’s new dressmaker. He’s all too familiar with her kind—shallow women more devoted to fashion than true beauty. Yet, except for her well-tailored clothing, this seamstress is not at all what he expected. Hannah Richards is confounded by the man who runs the livery. The unsmiling fellow riles her with his arrogant assumptions and gruff manner while at the same time stirring her heart with unexpected acts of kindness. Which side of Jericho Tucker reflects the real man? When Hannah decides to help Jericho’s sister catch a beau—leading to uproarious consequences for the whole town—will Jericho and Hannah find a way to bridge the gap between them?

And now, Lindlee’s review:

The best thing I can say about A Tailor-Made Bride is that the entire time I was reading it, I found myself smiling. I really enjoyed the story and the characters. The main conflict is that Hannah is a dressmaker, and Jericho believes that any type of “fancy” attire is superficial and sinful. He has the typical “bad mother” reason for feeling this way. However, one of the nice things about Jericho is that even though he was narrow-minded, he was never an ass. He was a nice guy, and he never acted like he could treat Hannah badly simply because he disapproved of her profession. And once Hannah and Delia (Jericho’s sister) set him straight, Jericho is not afraid to admit that he was wrong. He makes a complete turnabout that is awesome to see.

Hannah is a career woman. She has just opened her own dress shop in Coventry. Hannah has to figure out how to deal with business problems and build a client base. I liked that she had goals for herself and that she didn’t let anyone (especially Jericho) stop her.

A Tailor-Made Bride isn’t preachy, but God and Christianity are an integral part of the story.

I’d also like to mention the cover of the book. I usually don’t pay much attention to book covers, but I loved this one. The blue dress on the front made me think of playing dress up as a kid. Not that I ever had a dress that nice to play with but in my imagination I did.


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  1. 1
    Anony Miss says:

    I too loved the humor in this book – it was really a great, great read, and as you mentioned, another example of MAN do those Christian publishing houses have nice cover artwork staffers!

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    Emily says:

    The cover for Witemeyer’s other book released last year Head in the Clouds was in a contest for pretty covers released last year. I forget what the contest was called, but it was linked to this page. Head in the Clouds is on TBR list. If I like it I may try this one.
    Lindlee you are impressive and an inspiration to us all!

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    Karen H says:

    The cover contest is held by the Cover Cafe (http://www.covercafe.com).  The 2010 results were posted yesterday and “Head in the Clouds” placed second in the Historical category.  And they’re not just “pretty covers”—the Worst category is one of our favorites (yes, I’m on the committee).

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    This sounds really good and like something I’d like but I’m a little nervous about the Christian elements. My tolerance for God and Christianity in books is very thin, so hopefully you were right when you said it wasn’t preachy.

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    Kelley Marie says:

    It sounds like a nice book, but I’m gonna need to know how the sex is. After all, isn’t this blog is called Smart Bitches, Trashy Books?! *winks*

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