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.
Plot 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.