Friday, June 25, 2010

Review: A Tailor-Made Bride by 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?


If I saw this book in the bookstore, I'd pick it up because of the title and cover. I loved them. It was great getting between the pages and realizing that the outside reflects the inside.
Karen Witemeyer's debut historical romance is a sweet, humorous story that I enjoyed reading. The heroine Hannah is both funny and smart and I liked J.T.'s gruffness. Even though the plot felt a little on the predictable side to me, the characters were awesome. One of my favorite parts is when Hannah uses J.T.'s real name to rile him. He deserved it, don't worry. :-)
I think Witemeyer did a great job with characterization in this book, and I also liked how she worked some biblical truth into the story without being preachy.
I'd like to get the story out there, so if you'd like to read it, leave a comment and I'll hold a drawing.

You can find Witemeyer at her website which has all sorts of cool links. Keep an eye out for her next story, which sports an equally adorable cover!

15 comments:

Terri Tiffany said...

I love the cover and that she uses humor too:) How nice to share about her debut book!

Linda Kage said...

Wonderful review. I probably would've bought it for the blurb alone! Thanks.

patti said...

Thanks for introducing me to a new book AND writer.

Blessings,
Patti

Janna Qualman said...

It's a lovely cover!

Sherrinda said...

I love this cover and it looks like it would be a great read! Nice review!

Dara said...

I saw this earlier and it looks interesting. I sometimes hesitate to read the Christian romances though because they can be a little preachy and predictable. However this one sounds like it could be different.

Lisa Jordan said...

I interviewed Karen for the ACFW's ezine, Afictionado--My First Sale column. I loved getting to know more about her and her story. Now I can't wait to read the book. :)

Nancy said...

Looks like a good book. I choose books by the cover, too. When I saaw the title and the beautiful blue on "Peace Like A River" I had to have it.

Lynda Young said...

great review. I'll have to keep my eye out for this one :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess -

I love the hero's name, Jericho. My mind kept thinking, Jeremiah/Jeremy. Hmm, I guess Hannah made his emotional walls come tumbling down. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Angie Muresan said...

I would pick that one up too, just on title and cover alone.

Amy DeTrempe said...

I does sound like a fun book and I love that cover.

Deb Shucka said...

This definitely brings to the forefront the importance of a book's title and look. This one has both going for it.

Jeanette Levellie said...

Oh, this one sounds delightful, Jessie. You did a great job on the review! Please include my name in the drawing, and thank you.

Jen

Julie Dao said...

What a terrific cover! I also love your review and it makes me really want to read this book. Gotta go find a copy :)