From the moment I picked up A Tailor-Made
Bride, I was thoroughly captivated. In
fact, I had a hard time believing that this book was
Karen Witemeyer's debut novel! It seems that
only a seasoned writer could have penned a work
so beautifully knit together.
Jericho Tucker (or "J.T." as he's known in his
small Texas town) likes things simple. This roguishly
handsome, yet unsmiling, stoic liveryman condemns
anything having to do with the slightest hint of
vanity. Anyone who places a priority on outward
beauty must be shallow-- or so he thinks. His world
gets riled up something fierce when Hannah Richards,
a talented and very beautiful seamstress,
sets up a dress shop a little too close for comfort.
Hannah Richards sees nothing wrong with having
a profession devoted to helping women add beauty
to their lives. Though highly independent and fashionably
tailored, she proves herself time and time again
to be a woman of integrity. Determined to succeed
in Coventry, Texas, she tries her best to fit in
despite the tension between Mr. Tucker and herself.
Things really heat up when Hannah befriends J.T.'s
younger sister and starts changing the way she
looks--for the better of course--but Jericho isn't
so sure. When tragedy strikes will J.T. change
his tune, or will he let bitterness from the past
keep him from showing his true feelings?
This novel is a must-read for anyone (mature teens
and up) who loves a great historical romance with
a Christian emphasis. Also, it is set in the 1800s,
which is one of my favorite time periods in history.
I liked A Tailor-Made Bride so much that
I promptly checked out some of the other recommended
reading material listed in the back of the book.
Reading A Tailor-Made Bride has renewed
my passion for sweet love stories, and you can
be sure that I will be keeping an eye out for Witemeyer's
next book, Head in the Clouds, due to
come out this October.