Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Tailor-Made Bride - Karen Witemeyer

Summary from GoodReads: When a dressmaker who values beauty tangles with a liveryman who condemns vanity, the sparks begin to fly!

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?
Hannah Richards receives the deed to a builing in Convetry from a wealthy client and makes the move to this unknown town to start her dream as a dressmaker.  Her work has been seen by some as a little excessive and even too flambouyant for the people here.  She meets JT as she gets off the train and he helps her bring her stuff to the shop and helps her with a few things.  He is a very rough and reserved man with a hard exterior.  She meets his sister Cordelia and they become instant friends.  Cordelia asks Hannah to make her a special dress for the Founder's Day festival to help get noticed by a man.  In the process, Cordelia changes her looks and works out to lose some weight with Hannah's assistance.  Will she win the heart of a man?  Does Hannah start having feelings for JT?  What will become of both relationships?

This is the first book written by Karen Witemeyer.  I never would have guessed that.  I really enjoyed the story and the time period.  I could almost see the people, stores and dresses in my head thanks to her carefully descriptive words.  I felt like I was there too.  I cannot wait to read more from Ms. Witemeyer and even more historical romance books.

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