ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
After growing up in California, Karen moved to Texas to attend Abilene Christian University where she earned bachelor and master's degrees in Psychology. It was also there that she met and married her own Texas hero. He roped her in good, for she has lived in Texas ever since. In fact, she fell so in love with this rugged land of sweeping sunsets and enduring pioneer spirit, that she incorporates it into the pages of her novels, setting her stories in the small towns of a state that burgeoned into greatness in the mid-to-late 1800s.
In January, 2009, Karen signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers for three inspirational historical romance novels, and she is thrilled to announce that her first book, A TAILOR-MADE BRIDE has released this month. For an inside look into the background and quirks of some of the major players in this upcoming story, click over to Character Corner
ABOUT THE BOOK
When a dressmaker who values beauty tangles with a liveryman who condemns vanity, the sparks begin to fly!
Jericho "J.T." Tucker wants nothing to do with the new dressmaker in Coventry, Texas. He's all too familiar with her kind--shallow women more devoted to fashion than true beauty. Yet, except for her well-tailored clothes, 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 consequences neither could have foreseen--will Jericho and Hannah find a way to bridge the gap between them?
If you would like to read the first chapter of A Tailor-Made Bride , go HERE.
I enjoyed this historical romance by debut author Karen Witemeyer. 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.