What happens when a man who hates all things fashionable meets a seamstress who makes her living creating beautiful clothes? Find out in A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer.
Hannah Richards is a gifted seamstress who dreams of having a successful business in Coventry. A dream that is thwarted at every step by J.T. who has very definite–and negative–opinions about her chosen profession.
The antagonism between J.T. and Hannah stemmed partly from his preconceived notions, and partly from Hannah’s inability to hold her temper in his presence.
The result is lots of sparring and tension between the two. Under it all, you could see that the characters were drawn together.
Ms. Witemeyer did a great job of portraying each character wrestling with their misconceptions to become a more mature version of themselves.
I liked the way the characters, especially Hannah’s, faith was woven into A Tailor-Made Bride. Both characters were Christians, and I liked the way they went to the Bible for answers and spent time in prayer as they worked through their issues.
I didn’t enjoy the way the villain was written. Sometimes, he felt hardened and mean. At other times, he was conveyed as misunderstood and immature. This made it difficult to decide whether he deserved mercy or punishment, and I’m not sure if I liked the resolution of the conflict.
There were some charming side characters in A Tailor-Made Bride like Tessa and Cordelia, but my favorite was Ezra.
Readers of A Tailor-Made Bride will be reminded that God intends for us to use our gifts for His glory. Also, that beauty should be more than skin deep. True beauty comes from within and is enhanced by a lifetime spent at Jesus’ feet and caring for others.
If you like Western romances, enemies-to-lovers, grumpy heroes, and strong heroines, you may enjoy A Tailor-Made Bride.
I listened to the audiobook version and enjoyed the performance of narrator Nicole Poole.
About A Tailor-Made Bride
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?
About Karen Witemeyer
For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes.
Voted #1 Readers’ Favorite Christian Historical Author in 2023 by Family Fiction Magazine, Karen is a multiple award-winning author and a firm believer in the power of happy endings.
She is an avid cross-stitcher, tea drinker, and family board game player who makes her home in Abilene, TX with her heroic husband who vanquishes laundry dragons and dirty dish villains whenever she’s on deadline. Learn more about Karen and her books at www.karenwitemeyer.com.
About Narrator Nicole Poole
Nicole Poole is a classically trained actor with equal passion for literature and improvisation. She has toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company, has been a member of the critically acclaimed Walter Thompson Orchestra for over fifteen years, and recently became a member of the Parisian groups SPOUMJ and Anitya.
She is honored to have been recognized for her narration by an AudioFile Earphones Award, a Publisher’s Weekly Listen-Up Award, and a nomination for an Audie Award.