A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I enjoyed this historical romance by debut author Karen Witmeyer. It had tender, insightful, loving moments and some dynamic, realistic attraction between the characters. It was a bit more yummy in the sensual tension department than most books in this genre, while still remaining very reserved. That was an impressive feat on the author's end. This novel sizzled without sizzling. I'm not sure how that happened, but it was enjoyable nevertheless.
I loved how the author managed to insert that it's not fashion that causes one to stumble, but the heart, the same as it's not money that's the root of all evil, but the LOVE of money. Like any good Christian romance, this story showed how love can change a person's underlying motivation and the love of a good woman can change a man's heart. Also, the hero learned that assessing a person by their outward adornment is inaccurate at best. Bottom line...his assumptions about her were wrong.
There is a theme in this novel that shows that actions speak louder than words, too. Our actions should show our love and our character. What we do for people should be a natural outpouring of our hearts as Christians. This book had many good aspects to it and many solid lessons within the pages. I enjoyed it even though it's not much different from other romances set in the old west. The fact that the heroine was a seamstress by trade and a business woman, however, was a nice touch that offered a unique slant on things.
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