The Perfect Dress by Carolyn Brown
ebook, 343 pages
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Montlake Romance
About the Book:
In the small town of Celeste, Texas, Mitzi Taylor has never quite fit inside the lines. Nearly six feet tall, flame-haired, and with a plus-size spirit to match every curve, she’s found her niche: a custom wedding-dress boutique catering to big brides-to-be with big dreams. Taking the plunge alongside her two best friends, she’s proud they’ve turned The Perfect Dress into a perfect success. Just when Mitzi has it all pulled together, Graham Harrison walks back into her life, looking for bridesmaid dresses for his twin daughters. A still-strapping jock whose every gorgeous, towering inch smells like aftershave, the star of all Mitzi’s high school dreams is causing quite a flush. For Mitzi, all it takes is a touch to feel sparks flitting around her like fireflies. She can just imagine what a kiss could do. Graham’s feeling it, too. And he’s about to make that imagination of Mitzi’s run wild. Is it just a hot summer fling, or are Mitzi’s next designs for herself and seeing her own dreams come true?
What I liked about this story is the fact that it is full of strong female characters exploring their personal strengths and life challenges. They provide the foundation of this sweet story of discovery, love and friendships that endured and blossomed over time. We all have "what if" situations in our life stories to wonder that which might have been, as does this one. Most of the men in their lives were solid, strong and understanding whenever they needed to be. The author was able to explore each character's sensitivity and relationship to each other.
I also loved how the circumstances of the different characters almost reflect one another and yet offer such a wonderful support also. I believe that this book was a good book about reflections and could be a subtle reminder in our daily lives that we are shaped by our choices and the choices of others.
What I didn't like was how fast the romantic relationships progressed and that everything was tied up all happy sunshine and in a big bow at the end. I love happy endings but life is messy and sometimes endings should be too.
Thank you NetGalley, Montlake Romance and Carolyn Brown for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.