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Review: A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer
Category: JUST A GIRL
Tags: karen witemeyere tailor-made bride romantic western western romance romance novels period romance 1800s just a girl book review

This was a beautifully written slow-burn romance that followed the internal struggles of two God-fearing people in Texas. There were times I was happy to get lost in the language and style of the writing and forgot I was reading a story. Plus, I love sewing, so I got a little giddy each time words like pleats and flounces were mentioned ;)

Hannah Richards is an apprentice dressmaker who is given a chance to run her own shop and takes the leap of independence. She keeps having run-ins with the local liveryman, J.T. Tucker, who makes it blatantly aware that he despises her, which cracks her new found self-esteem. I enjoyed that the story was realistic to the period, right down to the behavior of the characters--a lot of authors stray from that and it was refreshing to be taken back in time.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book as I went searching for something on my shelf that I hadn't read (which was difficult to find!). This was one my sister had left behind and so I took a chance and dove in. For a debut novel, I was highly impressed with the artful writing style of Witemeyer. It was poetic and elegant. I don't seek out christian romance, which I wouldn't consider this, but each character looked to bible versus for direction and there was beauty even in the way the author presented those moments. What was most impressive was that the novel was basically a growing desire from beginning to end written from the POV of the two main characters, yet it never once got boring or repetitious as they struggled to understand their feelings. Well done. I'll gladly look for more by this author.

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