5/20/2010

Tailor-Made for You: Book Review

A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer (ISBN 978-0764207556).

I once gave a writing prompt for my writers group to come up with a couple with diametrically opposed occupations/world views. Think environmentalist and big oil. It’s one way to look at the conflict essential for any good romance.

Karen Witemeyer starts with that premise in her debut novel, A Tailor-Made Bride. Hannah Richards is a dressmaker who believes beauty is God’s gift to us. When she sets up shop in Coventry, Texas, she crosses swords with Jericho “J.T.” Tucker, a livery owner who believes fashion=vanity: a sin. When Hannah’s first customer is Jericho’s sister, the reader knows the going will be rough for the couple before they find true love.

I couldn’t wait to read Hannah and Jericho’s story as soon as I read the opening lines:

“Red? Have you no shame, Auntie Vic? You can’t be buried in a scarlet gown.”
“It’s cerise, Nan.”


Buried in a red dress? That would raise eyebrows even today. Subtleties of red, scarlet, cerise? I don’t know them—but Hannah does. I couldn’t wait to know more.

Hannah not only makes beautiful clothes, but she also practices an exercise regimen that would shame many of us today. The author weaves the exercises effortlessly into the time period (1881) and into the story.

Check out Karen’s story. You’ll find it’s tailor-made for you.

Come by and leave a comment on any or all of my June blogs for a chance to win your copy of A Tailor-Made Bride: http://darlenefranklinwrites.blogspot.com.

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