Friday, February 15, 2013
A Tailored-Made Bride - Karen Witemeyer
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?
About The Author:
CBA bestselling author, Karen Witemeyer, writes historical romance fiction for Bethany House, believing that the world needs more happily-ever-afters. In 2011, her debut novel, A Tailor-Made Bride, was a finalist in the Best First Book categories for both the prestigious RITA® award and the National Reader's Choice Award. Karen holds a master's degree in Psychology from Abilene Christian University and is a member of ACFW, RWA, and her local writers' guild. She is an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children.
Karen is a new author for me. And I LOVE her work! If this book is anything to go on her other books, I will be waiting to read her latest ones.
First of all, I loved Hannah's character. She's so fun, sweet, and determined. She's as stubborn as a mule! Hannah will not back down, she finally got her dressmaker shop and she is going to put up a fight to keep it. J.T's character, his opinions are a little far fetched. He thinks just cause Hannah is a dressmaker and she likes to wear pretty clothes, she's shallow and a snob. Far from the truth! She believes that women can wear pretty clothes and still be humble and still be nice. Hannah does NOT look down on the women who can't afford the nice clothes, the way J.T thinks she does.
But mostly he's mean to her because he's attracted to her and he doesn't want to be. He was attracted to her from the beginning, and he tried to hide his infatuation with his gruffness. Even though Hannah could see the true J.T underneath all his gruff and standoffish ways. I liked it when Hannah found out his real name and decided she was going to call him that. Every time she mentioned his real name Jericho, he scowled and glared at her. It was funny!
There's this one scene in the book that was funny! She was renting a horse from J.T, and his assistant heard her call him Jericho.
'Hannah collected the reins, and the horse stomped the ground in anticipation. "Thank you for your help, Jericho."
"Um..." Tom (his assistant) sidestepped up to the buggy, shooting leery glances at his employer as he moved. He cupped his hand around his mouth as if to tell a secret but forgot to lower his voice. "He don't like that name, ma'am. Nobody calls him that."
"I do." Hannah grinned and flapped the reins. The roan set off down the street, leaving a stunned Tom and a scowling Jericho in its wake.'
My next book will be another of Karen Witemeyers books, Short Straw Bride.