Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations

Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations

by V. Joy Palmer

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Overview

Isabel "Izze" Vez, bridal consultant extraordinaire, has been helping brides find The Dress for years. She loves nothing more than helping make wedding dreams come true...but sometimes the happy endings grate on her. How many times can a girl discover someone else's gown without dreaming of the day it'll be her turn to wear one?

When James Miles Clayton walks into her life, he represents everything Izze can't handle: change. He's determined to bring the Ever After Bridal Boutique into the black...and to prove to Izze that she should give him a chance.

But if there's anything Izze handles worse than change, it's trust. She may have a few issues-fine, she knows she does. But will they keep getting in the way of any chance of her own Happily Ever After? She wants to trust God to give her those dreams of love and lace, but that's going to require some...minor alterations.

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ISBN-13: 9781939023759
Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
Publication date: 06/15/2016
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
hjsnyder28 More than 1 year ago
V. Joy Palmer's book Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations is the perfect book to read on a rainy day with a cup of tea in hand. Alongside its colorful characters, there are quick and quirky modern references to TV shows, films, and books that most readers would be familiar with--my favorites would have to include those referring to Gilmore Girls and all things coffee. The story is set in New Hampshire, and the author mentions a few tourist spots that are located within this state, yet many of the towns and other details are inspired from Palmer's own personal experiences growing up in this region, which I think is fabulous. Writing is all about the perspective one gains from life and its adventures. The main character, Isabel "Izze" Vez, who is a coffee addict, frequents her cousin's cafe, Whipped Cream, practically on a daily basis. Thankfully for Izze, this establishment is located within walking distance to her own place of work, Ever After Bridal Boutique, where she holds a position as a bridal consultant. The job may appear fluffy; however, Izze deals with emotional brides, nervous brides and their mothers, including bridezillas all day everyday. Therefore, she must not only conquer the imperative assignment--find the perfect wedding gown--but she must also learn patience and self-control when it comes to working with brides and their emotional and sometimes bothersome friends and family. Is she up to the task? James Miles Clayton once worked at a successful company, but after gaining more insight regarding his chosen profession, he decides to take on the task of starting his own business. Ironically, his first job is to manage the books for Ever After. As he tries to untangle the financial mess of various accounts, in the hopes of making the store more profitable, change will be required. The characters in this text are feisty and somewhat unpredictable, yet readers will be able to connect with them because they are so true to life. Sometimes the storyline seems a bit over the top and a bit unbelievable--could a person like Izze really make so much out of nothing? However, there are moments in life when someone does react instead of stopping to listen to another person's explanation. As a reader, you are hoping each character will make better choices, but you eventually come to the conclusion that certain characters are immature--they need time to grow. I love how Palmer includes the stories of their struggles, because ultimately she shows the reader that no matter who you are--with the Lord's help you can change and be the person He wants you to be. As several characters move through a range of dilemmas, these difficulties take them back to the place they need to be--back into the presence and arms of a graceful Creator. I really enjoyed seeing characters grow in this manner, and I appreciated the Bible verses and references used to explain a person's struggles and victories. In turn, the reader will be able to understand why particular Bible verses were so helpful to Izze, Miles, Cassandra, and Lily. This manner of writing further solidifies the connection between the reader and the character--both creatures are flawed and in need of a Savior. If you want a book with a wonderful message and delightful characters, this is the book for you. This charming story reminds the reader that despite the errors of mankind, grace and forgiveness are just around the corner.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
LOVE, LACE, AND MINOR ALTERATIONS is the perfect title for this story about a wedding shop consultant who finds that God has some alterations for her before she can find her happily-ever-after. The characters are lovable, the story sweet, and the inspirational moments women throughout. Those who enjoy inspirational romance are sure to enjoy this one! I loved Izze! She was such a great character. Her sarcasm and humor kept the story entertaining. I also loved Miles, who is a rather dashing leading man. Their relationship was fun and I loved the banter as well as the sweet moments. They had a rocky start and middle and end. I also loved all the secondary characters. There was such a strong feeling of camaraderie and family that I really enjoyed. The inspirational elements are fairly strong, but I didn't feel they were overdone (although my preference would have been for them to be turned down a notch). I loved this part and the way it all fits with the story and the title: "God took my mess, and He gave me a fresh start. All thanks to His minor alterations." In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a very fun read. I pretty much enjoyed it from beginning to end and am looking forward to more from Izze's roommates. Content: Clean Source: Received a complimentary copy from Signing Librarian Book Tours, which did not require a review or affect it in any way.
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
This book was so much fun to read! Quirky and full of romance. I found myself grinning throughout most of the book, as well as giggling quite frequently. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of ups and downs to keep your eyes glued to the page. Alongside the light wit and humour you will find truth and Godly wisdom. Joy has infused this story with so many real emotions that hit pretty close to home. Trust is one of the main themes of this book. Trust in God and not in man. Trust that He will guide our paths and that He has the best plan laid out for us, even if we can't see the end result. Forgiveness is another thread that you can find throughout the book. Forgiving those that have hurt us deeply can be hard. But, if we forgive and let go, place our trust in God to heal us, the result is more beautiful than we could imagine. Written in first and third person with the two main characters, I found it easy to follow along and to feel like I was inside Izze's mind. I love the dynamics between Izze and Miles. Personally, I feel like I am a pretty good mash up of their characters! A bookish person who is a bit (ok a lot) of a nerd with a healthy dose of sarcasm. I can't wait for you to meet them for yourself. I am relatively new to contemporary fiction, but I would highly recommend Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations. I received a free copy of Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Izze has been working with brides of all shapes, sizes, and temperaments at Ever After Bridal Salon for years! Her trust issues and aversion to change make working with Miles, Ever After’s new financial advisor, challenging, to say the least. Miles is drawn to Izze from their first awkward encounter and he doesn’t let her prickly reaction keep him from getting to know her better. Say Yes to the Dress meets Gilmore Girls, so fun! I received a copy of this book from the author for the purpose of providing an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
acwilsonbooks More than 1 year ago
This quirky, endearing story had me reading through the night. Joy has sculpted a contemporary romance with a light heart, but this book packs so much more—a spiritual message that resonates with us all—trusting God’s will. The author has a writing style which reads fresh and fun. By the time I was finished with this story, I felt like Izze and Miles were old friends. Izze particularly, with such witty humor all her own, which was only enhanced by her honest reflections and raw feelings. I found myself cheering for these two crazy kids to find a happy ending, but I won’t ruin it for you. If you need a quick read, filled with amusing romance, check out Joy Palmer’s debut work. You won’t be disappointed.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness, y’all! I love this author’s style! Izze, the main character, narrates the majority of the story (with occasional switches to third person for Miles’ POV) and a la Gilmore Girls she often talks right to the reader. She’s quirky and witty and I would so want to be friends with her if she weren’t a figment of Joy Palmer’s imagination! Her relationship with God is a natural extension of her character and while there are a lot of very touching moments involved with this element of the story there are also quite a few opportunities for the author’s adorable humor to shine through too. Besides the faith and the humor, there’s a delicious romance brewing at the Ever After bridal salon. Izze and Miles don’t get off to the best start (well… it depends on which one of them you ask) but that just fuels some fantastic banter & hoarse-voiced emotion and makes that first kiss (and the ones thereafter) all the more toecurlingly sweet. Miles is steady in his pursuit; Izze is her typical adorable-but-easily-frazzled self. I really liked getting to see the relationship from both perspectives – first person for Izze and third for Miles. It reminded me of Varina Denman’s Mended Hearts trilogy in that aspect, though Varina’s are more women’s fiction romance while Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations is definitely a rom-com! (And both are done really well!) Cute, endearing, witty, and romantic – V. Joy Palmer’s debut novel is a perfect fit! Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations keeps a grin on your face but may bring a few tears to your eyes before all is said and done. Tucked away in the middle of this delightful romantic comedy is a message of hope and restoration, a reminder that trusting God requires more than just lip service (words or kisses! lol) but whenever He asks us to trust Him He’s waiting to catch our leap of faith with His open arms. If you love watching Say Yes to the Dress and/or Gilmore Girls or if you’re a fan of Melissa Tagg or Janice Thompson, you will absolutely want to run out right now and get a copy of Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations. I am looking forward to more from this author – and hopefully a series with these characters! (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
PSDT More than 1 year ago
Quirky, sassy, fun! This lighthearted tale of Izze, the bridal consultant extraordinaire, and the "Rude Guy" who tries to steal her coffee house table. Brushing off unhappy encounter with the stranger, she's alarmed to find him working at the same bridal shop as the new employee! The humorous, fast-pace one-liners and self-depreciating dialogue and narrative keeps your nose in the book. But behind that humor is a moving search for trust. This was such an enjoyable read!
Sara_Goff More than 1 year ago
Palmer gives us a love to root for in Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations. Though the relationship between Isabel and James is damaged by Isabel's own insecurities, you feel their connection and never doubt the honesty of their emotions. I'd recommend this modern romance to women of all ages; you're never too old to cheer for love, but especially to women who might think God doesn't want them to have companionship, intimacy, and unconditional love. Palmer's debut gently points out the flaws in such thinking and offers hope resilient enough to unlock the most fearful of hearts.