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The Dream Dress (Weddings by Design Series)

Janice Thompson
The Dream Dress (Weddings by Design Series)
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Big dreams take big leaps of faith... but what if you trip on the way? A lowly seamstress at a swanky bridal boutique, Gabi Delgado dreams of doing more than ripping out seams and fitting dresses to dewy-eyed brides. She wants to see her own original dress designs gracing... Read More

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Big dreams take big leaps of faith... but what if you trip on the way?

A lowly seamstress at a swanky bridal boutique, Gabi Delgado dreams of doing more than ripping out seams and fitting dresses to dewy-eyed brides. She wants to see her own original dress designs gracing the young women of Texas. But when Jordan Singer, reporter for Texas Bride magazine, visits the shop to do a feature, Gabi is humbled in his influential- and unnervingly handsome- 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.

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  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover - Book 3
  • Release Date: Jan 22, 2014
  • UPC: 9780800721541
  • Height: 0
  • Width: 0
  • Length: 0
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 327
  • Publish Date: Feb 18, 2014
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042040"
  • ISBN: 0800721543

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Family, friends, love, forgiveness and faith by Inspire Michelle on 2/26/14
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The Dream Dress by Janice Thompson
Gabi Delgado dreams of being a dress designer, she has the talent but not the confidence. Her boss is a nightmare to work for and fires her at the drop of a hat and then expects her to come back at his beck and call. It seems all the men in her life have let her down, how can she be expected to give her all to a heavenly father when the earthly guys have proved unworthy. Life for Gabi takes an upward turn when Jordan Singer a reporter for Texas Bride Magazine, does a feature article on Haute Couture Bridal the shop she works for and one of there bride’s. With the help of Jordan and good friend Bella, Gabi’s spirit soars and her view of God the Father and men in general become increasingly positive.
This is the first book I have read by author Janice Thompson. I found her writing style to be easy to follow and enjoyable. I fell in love with this storyline. With each book I read I find the author leaves a little part of herself or himself behind. In this case it was the story of creation that touched a part of my inner most being. Like never before I understand the teaching of creation and how God is in the business of creating. With the help Holy Spirit, He stirs within each of us and gives us the ability to create too. I give The Dream Dress five stars. I highly recommend it to all readers who enjoy contemporary, romance, and Christian fiction.
I want to thank the author Janice Thompson and publisher for bringing good clean Christian books like this one to readers like me. I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Sugar Candy for the Brain by Smiling Sally on 2/24/14
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Gabi Delgado, the protagonist for this Christian fiction, easily connects with readers. She's an unappreciated, talented, single lady who is working in a Cinderella-like situation. While others in the shop work in an ample space, Gabi works in a cramped closet.

Her Prince Charming, Jordan, a reporter for Texas Bride magazine is introduced early in the novel, and the author takes the time necessary for romance to build.

Gabi's dream models are Hollywood's dance stars Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Jordan incorporates them into the most romantic date ever. The expected plot includes a happily-ever-after ending. I liked this; it's a fun, sugar candy for the brain book.

Thank you to Lanette Haskins at Baker Publishing and Revell Books for my copy.

Forgiveness by Maureen on 2/24/14
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This is my third wonderful visit here. Have loved all of these books and characters as they come alive and become friends. Thank you Janice Thompson!
A story about forgiveness, and how it hurts the person who is holding on to it. This one is on a personal level and a work level. Gabi, is working under Demetri Markowitz, whom I wanted to smack. He didn't appreciate her...she is very talented, and he has her doing alterations.
Then we have Grandma, you are going to "love" her. Wait until she wants her sewing machine serviced....ha ha!
We are around so many people who walk their faith, and the results are awesome. Come and reunite with Bella and Club Wed. We also enjoy meals with the Rossi's ...ah I would love that!
What awesome talent Gabi has, and I love how she has such inspiration, and finds out where it is coming from. Be ready for a bit of romance her too. Jordan Singer, a reporter with Texas Bride magazine, is smitten. Add a bit of Fred and Ginger, and your in for a real treat! Don't miss this one! Also, you can read this one alone, but why would you want to!! Enjoy!!

I received this book through Revell's Blogger Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.

The Dream Dress by Janice Thompson by Wanda Barefoot on 2/20/14
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Gabriella Delgado has a lot of issues to work through. She is a seamstress for a high end wedding dress designer but a closet designer herself. Her biggest passion is designing dresses to make brides beautiful for their wedding. Working for Demetri Markowitz is just a way to pay the bills. She longs to haver her abilities recognized but is also terrified they will be. She lacks the confidence that her designs are good enough. She also carries burdens from her past because her father walked out on her and her mother and she feels all men are the same. Forgiveness is a big part of this book as Gabi needs to finally forgive her father for walking out and Demetri for never giving her the recognition she deserves.

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"Forgiving someone--even when it doesn't make sense--is the best gift you can give yourself."

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Thankfully, when Gabi meets Jordan Singer, a reporter for the Texas Bride magazine, her viewpoint on men starts to change. If you have ever known the perfect hero for a story, Jordan is it. He is the perfect guy from top to bottom, inside out. So handsome and thoughtful and I think I'm in love. The scene at the theatre was breathtaking and just so RIGHT and fitting given the layout of this book. Gabi's friends referred to her as having a "Cinderella Complex" and the entire story had a Cinderella feel to it. She is also a huge Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers fan and that played a big part in the story also. Each chapter title was a Fred and Ginger movie or song title, tipping it's hat to the legendary dancing duo.

The story was fun and flirty, even hilarious at times with spiritual lessons woven all through the pages. It wasn't overly done but perfectly blended into the story. I love how the author took normal situations and explained them Biblically. What seemed to be a normal occurrence soon became a human version of a story from the Bible. Like the story of Cinderella. I would never have related that to our relationship with God but now I can see the similarities between the two.

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"...There's really only one thing that lasts forever, Gabi."
"What do you mean."
"I mean your relationship with your real Father. It can last forever if you accept his invitation to the ball."
Now she'd lost me entirely. "The ball?"
"Speaking symbolically here." A tiny smile tipped up the edges of Bella's lips. "He's extended a special invitation to you, Gabi, whether you know it or not."
"He has?"
"Yes." She nodded and her eyes pooled. "I'm talking about the very best sort of happily ever after you could ever imagine. But it all hinges on one thing--you have to accept."
"Accept... the invitation?"
"Accept the one who offers it."

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So much spiritual wisdom wrapped up in one little book. I truly loved that. I also loved the romance that blossomed between Gabi and Jordan. It built slowly over the course of the story but ended with a bang. Like an instrumental when it hits the high notes. It left me sighing and saying a breathless "Ahhh". Another thing that stands out are the characters. I have never read the previous books in this series but I already love the cast of characters. From Mimi Carmen to Demetri Markowitz, they were all amazing and I hope to return to visit them again. I adore Gabi's description of Mimi Carmen, "Half Spanish diva, half buttercream frosting." And she was too. You will fall in love with the endearing, and sometimes eccentric, characters. They are half the charm of this book and the very thing that will draw you back to this series. Although this book can be read as a stand-alone, I can't wait to go back and read the previous books and, hopefully, future ones as well. If you like fun-filled, fairytale romances loaded with little gold nuggets of spiritual wisdom, you'll love this book. It took my mind on a journey to the dream wedding I've yet to have. Read it and take your own journey. Highly recommended!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher for my honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone and are honest and forthright. If I recommend a book it's simply because I liked it. I received no monetary compensation for this review.

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