Somewhere in a sea of tulle and taffeta, satin and crepe, Katie Fisher needs to find a key ingredient of the perfect wedding—the groom.
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?
I've come to expect a few things from a Janice Thompson contemporary novel: humor, quirky families, and first-person storytelling, and it's usually centered around the wedding industry. Every Bride Needs a Groom fits perfectly into this brand.
Honestly, this book seems exactly like something the Hallmark Channel would make into a movie. It's light and funny with a touch of romance. And Katie's family is a hoot! From her grandma Queenie with her mysterious grudge against the Presbyterians to her afraid-to-let-her-babies-test-their-wings mom to her black sheep aunt Alva, the characters practically jump off the page.
The whole set up is pretty ridiculous with Katie winning a designer wedding dress with no fiance to speak of, but Katie's secret definitely adds to the humor of the story, and the "big reveal" to the bridal shop people came about in a way I didn't anticipate; I'm glad Thompson didn't drag it out. I'm looking forward to continuing Katie's story in book two!
Every Bride Needs a Groom isn't a story that will make you contemplate life, but it is the perfect book for when you need a little escape from reality. This would be a great book to throw in your beach bag. 4 stars.
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Read my reviews of Thompson's wedding novels A Bouquet of Love (4 stars) and Never a Bridesmaid (4-1/2 stars) and her Titanic romance Queen of the Waves (4-1/2 stars).
Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson offers an inside look at the wedding business, drawing on her own experiences as a wedding planner. She is the author of the hugely popular Weddings by Bella series and the Backstage Pass series, as well as Picture Perfect, The Icing on the Cake, and The Dream Dress. She lives in Texas. Learn more at www.janiceathompson.com.