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Every Bride Needs a Groom (Brides with Style Series #1)

Janice Thompson, Janice Thompson
Every Bride Needs a Groom (Brides with Style Series #1)

Small-town girl Katie Fisher is planning her 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? But when her boyfriend breaks up with her... Read More

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Small-town girl Katie Fisher is planning her 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? But when her boyfriend breaks up with her and takes a job in another town--the very same day Katie wins her dream dress--her world is turned upside down. Should she claim her prize? And will the hunky former pro-basketball player who runs the swanky Dallas bridal shop--yeah, you read that right--catch on to her humiliation if she does?
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  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Mar 17, 2015
  • UPC: 9780800723996
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Publish Date: Apr 21, 2015
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042040"
  • ISBN: 0800723996

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Lighthearted and fun by Emilie on 12/30/2015

A delightful read filled with genuine laughs, sweet romance, and what every girl dreams of: the perfect wedding dress!

Katie Fisher grew up in a small town and is accustomed to routine. When she takes a chance and enters a contest meant for brides and wins, she has to face the reality of what happens when dreams get ahead of real life.

I found Katie to be charming, her family to be hilarious, and the circumstances the characters face to be delightful. I can relate to Katie, being from a small town myself, and enjoyed the growth that comes with figuring out whether to stay where you're comfortable or to take a risk on something new.

There were a few things that seemed a little...far fetched to me (I won't mention them so I don't spoil anything) but I tried to just take them in stride with the story. I also wish I could have seen more details about the handsome pro-basketball player, but I have suspicions on why there wasn't more about him in this particular book.

I liked the secondary plot involving Katie's family as well. Janice really pulls off the close family dynamics and adds quite a bit of humor that pulls you along. I would say that I felt there was a bit too much telling vs. showing in my opinion. Granted, we're in Katie's point of view the whole time so it's only natural, but I would have loved less "and then we talked about" statements.

All in all, it was a delightful, easy read. Lighthearted and fun with just enough romance to pull you along but enough plot to keep you going as well. I'd recommend this to fans of comedy, romantic comedy, and romance.

Rating: 4*

Originally posted on my blog: http://eahendryx.blogspot.com/2015/12/every-bride-needs-groom-by-janice.html
I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.

Step into the South and a Good Read by Erin S. on 5/30/2015

My thoughts:

I love a good romance read but this one was especially good. I mean what could be better than a girl who assumes her boyfriend is going to propose so she enters a contest to win a wedding dress of her dreams. Especially when said boyfriend actually puts their relationship on the outs when he moves away?

This book is so fun to read and had me laughing so much. I loved the little fued between Katie's grandma and her sister. Who would have thought two sisters could fight for that many years over a man? Wow. And then there is the hunk of an athlete that is running a dress shop for his mother. The same hunk that Katie keeps finding herself with, who also thinks she's engaged!

This book read very quickly for me. I was engrossed. I wanted to know what happened to Katie. (personally I related to her cousin a little too much, hello morning sickness you stink). I wanted to know if she'd end up with the hunk or back with her old boyfriend. I wanted to know if she'd go back to her small town or grow wings of her own and spread them to the city. But most of all I wanted to know if she'd tell everyone the truth about her missing fiance, mainly that he didn't exist.

You're going to want to read this book. I'm going to want to look for more books by this author as she is a delight to read. Make sure you come back and tell me what you thought of the book too!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 5/26/2015

If you ever find yourself in a bit of a grumpy state just pick up a book by Janice Thompson and you are sure to snap out of it. Janice's stories are filled with quirky characters that find themselves in some of the most hilarious situations.

In Every Bride Needs A Groom we meet small-town girl Katie Fisher. She's been dating her boyfriend Casey forever and assumes that of course he is about to pop the question. Katie has been daydreaming and planning her fairy-tale wedding down to the last little detail. When her cousin Lori-Lou talks her into entering a contest to win a couture bridal gown Katie jumps at the chance even though she's technically not even engaged yet.

When Casey decides to take a job out of state and says that he thinks they should give their relationship a break Katie is stunned. To make matters even worse she finds out that she is the winner of the bridal gown contest. Did I mention that part of the prize is being featured on the cover of Texas Bride? To most this whole situation would seem like a tragedy. But the story is coming from the very clever mind of Janice Thompson. Prepare to laugh and cringe as the situation continues to spin out of control.

The ensuing tale that follows is truly delightful. Just wait until you meet Katie's grandmother Queenie. The rest of her family is a wonderful mix of crazy . . . good crazy, but still crazy. I can hardly wait to read the next book, Every Girl Gets Confused (October 2015) just to see what the next nutty situation is going to be.

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

Get Your Southern Fix with Every Bride Needs a Groom! by Donna Collins Tinsley on 5/14/2015

"Every Bride Needs a Groom" is Book one of the “Brides With Style” novel series by Janice Thompson.
From the first Southern chapter with things like Peach Queen, sweet tea, buffets, Dairy Queen dates, WOP=pers (you’ll have to read the book to find out what they are) small towns and more, I thought I was in Georgia instead of Texas. Now I know they are pretty Southern out there or “over yonder” as my granny might say.
Names like Jasper, Beau, Dewey, Lori-Lou, Queenie, Aunt Alva, Gilly, Madge had me LOL or laughing out loud and yes, smiling, as I thought I was watching a rerun of Hee-Haw in my head. So many other reviewers have touched on the essay contest, breakup, Bridal Store, football hero who turns out to be the perfect Christian example of manliness for Katie, that I won’t go there. Except to say it was a very engaging story and makes me want to read more in the future. Especially when I take my annual “fiction vacations” in the summer when I’ll reread this.
The only thing that seems a bit off was the cover picture as it wasn’t what I would’ve thought a Loretta Lynn wedding gown would look like as described in the book. But it did look a lot like the gown I bought my daughter Amber, who already had a groom by the way. I’ll give it five stars and look forward to reading more from Janet Thompson.
Thanks to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Southern charm, humor, and spiritual truths by Carole on 5/8/2015

Until connecting with Every Bride Needs a Groom, I didn't realize it was possible to read an entire book with a smile on my face. This is a delightful, laugh-out-loud story with spiritual truths cleverly woven throughout, and I enjoyed every minute spent in reading.

Much of the story takes place in the small town of Fairfield, Texas - a charming southern community that Janice has very effectively put on the map. Anyone who has had the pleasure to visit the Fairfield area might recognize a couple of local places that feature prominently in the story - namely, Sam's Restaurant and Dairy Queen.

To say that Katie and Brady are delightful is putting it mildly. The idea of a young girl planning and dreaming of her perfect wedding day is something a lot of readers can easily identify with, but Katie took it to the extreme of focusing entirely on the wedding and not so much on the guy who would surely ask for her hand in marriage any day now. Usually it's the heroes that I quickly connect with, but it was Katie in this story. Brady, an injured 6'4" point guard for the Dallas Mavericks, is a fascinating leading man and I hope to see his character developed more fully in the next book.

This story has some wonderfully quirky secondary characters that I absolutely loved. In fact, if I didn't know better, I'd say that Janice was inspired by some "colorful" people in my own North Georgia family tree. When Katie's Aunt Alva said, "Well, cut off my legs and call me shorty," I could just hear a cousin's voice. And I had to laugh out loud as Katie reflected on the large church where Lori-Lou worshipped . . . Let's just say that my ancestors would totally agree with Katie's Mama!

"They called the large metal building with its massive parking lot and drum-infused music a megachurch. No doubt Mama would've called it a rock and roll concert and would've scheduled an appointment with the pastor forthwith to change the structure of the service to include more hymns and fewer flashing lights."

Yet, in the midst of all this humor, Janice gently encourages us to examine our own lives. Where are we when it comes to concepts like tradition vs. change, comfort zone vs. the unknown, bitterness vs. forgiveness? Katie runs ahead of God in her planning . . . Boy, does that ever hit close to home! I often felt that, through her characters, Janice was looking me in the eye and saying, "Making plans and taking control of your own life . . . Hmm. So, how's that workin' out for you?"

I love it when a story thoroughly entertains, but causes me to reflect at the same time, and that is exactly what this story did. For its entertainment value, laughter, and southern charm, I highly recommend Every Bride Needs a Groom.

Katie and Brady's road to happiness hasn't been fully paved yet; in fact, I suspect there may be a few bumps on that road. I eagerly anticipate book #2, Every Girl Gets Confused, which releases in October 2015. Does that title foreshadow what's to come, or not?!

Thank you to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Janice Thompson at her best! by J. Augustine on 4/29/2015

Janice Thompson does it again! Every Bride Needs A Groom is hysterically funny while still bringing truths, sometimes a little irreverently, forward. I'm a fan of Janice's, especially the Weddings By Design series, so I was thrilled to see she had a new series coming out. Then I saw the title. Boy, did it strike my funny bone. I just HAD to read it!

Every Bride Needs A Groom introduces readers to the Fisher family in all of their predictable, routine..... zaniness. Katie leads a safe, boring, predictable life, she even has every detail of her wedding planned out before her boyfriend has even proposed. But God doesn't leave Katie in comfort zone any more than He leaves those of us in real life. Nope, He takes Katie, and us, in totally unexpected directions.

The cover is pretty and matches the story. But, Oh! It's the pages inside that are so deliciously fun to read! This book is like a filled cupcake, pretty decorations on a mound of frosting but the real treat is in the middle. Janice Thompson is a master at romantic comedy, she knows how to catch reader's attention and then keep them giggling until the last page.

I really enjoyed Every Bride Needs A Groom and am definitely looking forward to book two! But can I manage to wait THAT long???

(I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)

Finding The Right Groom by Maureen on 4/23/2015

Back in Texas with Brides, and there are mentions of previously loved characters that we have come to know well. This book focus on a young woman obsessed with getting married, and probably she should be, as she has been in a long-term relationship. When the book opens she is expecting Chase to pop the question any day, or today to be exact.
With the anticipated proposal Katie Fisher enters a contest to win an exclusive wedding gown made especially for the winner. When she wins and her prospective groom leaves to take a job elsewhere, what should she do? She feels a moral dilemma to let those the bridal shop know that she is not getting married.
What will Katie do? God has his hand on her, and you will love how things work out for her and her family. I never saw all the relationships that are about to start! There is also a sad, long standing, and I mean years, of no contact between Katie’s Grandmother Queenie and her sister. How sad.
Come along and enjoy a sweet fast read, that once you pick up you can’t put down. There are a lot of surprises, and family love, enough to go around, I loved this!
I received this book from Revell Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review

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