For the past few years I’ve shared my favorite reads from the previous years. Most of my reading from 2015 were books I reviewed, and there were some standouts.
Fiction Honorable Mention:
A Brush with Love by Rachel Hauck
The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter
Every Bride Needs a Groom by Janice Thompson
When Kings Clash by J.E. Lowder
Non Fiction Honorable Mention:
Grin with Grace by Kathy Carlton Willis
Product Honorable Mention (CD, Movie, other)
Exhale by Plumb
Let it Be Jesus by Christy Nockels
And now, my top picks.
Favorite Reviewed Product of 2015:
Favorite Non Fiction Reviewed Read of 2015:
Kelly Tough by Erin Kelly
Favorite Fiction Reviewed Read of 2015:
Burning Justice by Helena Smrcek
Please check out the links to find out how to purchase these. You won’t be disappointed!
Small-town girl Katie Fisher is busy planning her fairy-tale wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn’t managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t enter a contest in Texas Bride magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? Anyway, she’s sure he’ll be getting down on one knee any time now. And a one-of-a-kind designer dress doesn’t just fall out of the sky right when you need it.
But when Katie’s boyfriend takes a job in another town and breaks up with her–on the very same day she wins her dream dress–her world is turned upside down. Dare she go to Dallas to claim her prize? And will the hunky pro basketball player who runs the beyond-swanky bridal shop–yeah, you read that right–discover her humiliating secret if she does?
Every Bride Needs a Groom is a sweet romance that was a quick read but continues to hold my attention for all the right reasons. Normally if we knew a Katie, we’d mock her for planning a wedding without being proposed to. But in Every Bride Needs a Groom, it’s easy to feel sorry for her and yearn for her situation with the contest work out. Usually when you read that a NBA player is running a wedding shop, you would think there’s no way. Well, it works. And I was rooting for Brady.
But more than Katie and Brady, I loved the other characters. Brady’s mom. Katie’s brothers. Grandma. Her sister. The pastor. Each have their own story that flows well with the main characters without taking over.
I loved Every Bride Needs a Groom. This is a perfect summer read. Check it out!
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I received Every Bride Needs a Groom from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A seamstress at a swanky bridal boutique, Gabi Delgado dreams of doing more than ripping out seams and fitting dresses to doe-eyed brides. She wants to see her own dress designs gracing the young women of Texas. When Jordan Spencer, the editor of Texas Bride magazine visits the shop to do a feature, Gabi is devastated to lose her job in his very influential presence. Convinced she’ll never get her dreams off the ground now, Gabi needs lots of encouragement–especially from her friend Bella Neeley–to take a chance and start her business. And as she gets to know Jordan, she discovers that she may have to take a chance on love as well. Could it be that she’ll have to design her own wedding dress soon?
As always, Janice Thompson delivers fun, laughter, and romance as she takes readers back to Galveston, Texas, to spend more time with their favorite quirky characters along with fabulous new ones.
The Dream Dress contained everything I love in a book. As always, there was humor through rich characters you wish could be your friends. There is romance, and in this case, Jordan is so romantic, he is swoon-worthy. There are the people you root for like Mimi-Carmen, Gabi, Jordan, Scarlett and Bella. There are the people you want to smack, like Demetri. And as only Janice Thompson can, she blends it all beautifully, complete with stories from the Bible that perfectly complement the story without being preachy.
The Dream Dress is a winner because I think a lot of readers can relate to Gabi. Childhood was less than ideal. Rejection is strong enough that she keeps her dreams to herself. A perfect man? They go out with everyone else, but not her. The Dream Dress takes the reader through Gabi’s journey, and what I love is this can be our experience too. Gabi learns to trust. Forgive. Find friends. Love. A purpose that makes her want to get up every morning.
As a fan of the Weddings by Design, I loved “seeing” Bella and Scarlett again. Gabi keeps up and shines in their company. But I believe The Dream Dress stands on its own. But for your sake, find everything of Janice Thompson’s, especially the Bella and Wedding books and enjoy.
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I received The Dream Dress from NetGalley/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Happy New Year!
Today I’m sharing my favorite non fiction read of the year. I choose this out of the reviewed books I tackled in 2013. Yesterday I unveiled Raspberries and Vinegar as my favorite fiction read.
Again, this wasn’t an easy choice.
However, the standout for me is Janice Thompson’s Writing and Selling the Great American Novel.
Janice covers everything an aspiring author like me needs to know. It was easy to read and chocked full of information. I mentioned then and it still holds true: I have this as a reference book.
Next up: My favorite Kindle read of 2013.