The Perfect Dress

The Perfect Dress

by Carolyn Brown

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ISBN-13: 9781503905276
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 23,751
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Carolyn Brown is a New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and a RITA finalist. The Perfect Dress is her ninety-fifth published book. Her genres include women’s fiction, romance, history, cowboys and country music, and contemporary mass-market paperbacks. She and her husband live in the small town of Davis, Oklahoma, where everyone knows everyone else, knows what they are doing and when…and reads the local newspaper every Wednesday to see who got caught. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. Visit Carolyn at www.carolynbrownbooks.com.

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The Perfect Dress 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
StoreyBookReviews 12 hours ago
Romance, weddings, curvy women, Texas, and weddings all in one book? Sounds like my kind of read! This was a delightful story and I liked how the wedding dress shop only focused on dresses for women size 14+. I know how hard it can be to find a wedding dress for us curvy gals. All three of the friends have some emotional baggage but are able to rely on each other for strength especially when their lives are falling apart. There are some surprises for each of the friends but it only serves to make them stronger. I appreciated their strength for each other and their no-nonsense advice to each other. That is what we all need, that friend that will tell you like it is and make you pull up your big girl panties and do whatever it takes. There are some moments that will make you chuckle, and others that will make you want to throttle someone. There are two twin girls, Dixie and Tabby, that add an interesting twist to the story. They have found their niche and their haven in the dress shop with Mitzi, Jody, and Paula. I think it is a mutually benefitting relationship as they all get something out of being around each other. There is romance and not just for Mitzi. Usually, you don't see multiple relationships in one book but it works in this book. Overall a fun read and we give it 4 paws up
Cali-Jewel 4 days ago
This is a very real, heartwarming, sweetly sexy romantic journey filled with witty banter, small town goodness and the best kind of friends..... was a very entertaining journey from beginning to end with sweet town and engaging charters. Loved this story and look forward to reading more.
Dedee1 7 days ago
Delightful, fun book. Good beach,rainy day, or anytime read. Mrs. Brown's 'Southernisms' are spot on. The only one missing is a good "bless her heart" Lol! Ladies who live in the south or have any knowledge of southern women/lifestyle will appreciate the fun banter of the characters. LOL funny at times. I think I'd like to be a ''fly on the wall'' at the author's home or in the book. . I previously happened upon two other of Mrs. Brown"s books on Amazon and was delighted that I was able to read this ARC. I will definitely seek her works for good clean but almost naughty books. No spoilers from me, jacket cover is sufficient. Put on your boots, pull up your hair a ponytail or bun , drink a root beer (or a 'cold one') and enjoy this book. Thank you to the author,publisher, and NetGalley for the ARC for an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
CharlotteLynnsReviews 7 days ago
Everything about this book is wonderful. The idea that three women come home and start a business making size 14 and large dresses so that every person can be beautiful for any special occasion. They specialize in wedding dresses but have been known to make dresses for other reasons. Tabby and Dixie are two teenagers who have been bullied due to their size, when they approach the ladies to make them dresses for a wedding they are in these women take them into their hearts and show that how truly beautiful and special they are. I love how open, loving, and protective they are to these two girls even though they are strangers. They don’t question their hearts, they don’t question their reasoning, they just do it. Each of these women is happy with their lives but their lives are not quite what they wish them to be. It was fun watching each woman open their hearts and lives to others in the community. They see what they have been missing, what they want to achieve, and go for their goals. They fall in love, they make new relationships, and they nurture current friendships.
LawladyCase 7 days ago
A good read for the beach or in your recliner at home. Mitzi, Jody and Paula have opened a bridal salon that makes custom wedding dresses in size 14 and above. What a delightful chance. Most books have the perfect sized protagonist. All of the characters were big. It is so refreshing to have a story involving normal people. Kudos to Carolyn Brown for showing all sized people deserve love. This is a cute read with a great theme. It is written with a southern charm and all of the characters are lovable. The wedding creations are described in such a detailed manner that I can see how beautiful they are I received an ARC from Montlake Romance through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion or rating of this book.
LiteratureWithLylan 8 days ago
The Perfect Dress by Carolyn Brown ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is probably my favorite book by Carolyn Brown so far. It is an adorable romance that does not focus solely on the gushy, cutesy aspects of forming a relationship. Instead, I feel like this book was written to provide meaningful messages about positive body image, friendship, moving forward in life, and introduces some wonderful strong female characters. Three friends open a boutique bridal shop that caters to “plus sized” women. It is basically a one of a kind bridal shop. Carolyn Brown does a wonderful job building the stories of each of the three friends and resolves them nicely without giving them an “easy” fairy tale ending. I especially loved the relationships the three women build with others in their small-town Texas home of Celeste. Love can be messy and self esteem can be tough to battle with. The Perfect Dress depicts different obstacles that many women struggle with in reality. Imagine growing up in a small town in the South where everyone knows everyone. Gossip is everywhere. Now imagine being in that small town and finding out you are going to be a single mother. Or maybe you learn that your significant other was having an affair. Or perhaps you’re just the odd ball out in the town and you know everyone is watching you. The Perfect Dress is about love, heartbreak, obstacles, hope, faith, and friendship. I really enjoyed reading it. Thank you Netgalley and Montlake Romance for providing me with an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
Terri_C 9 days ago
The Perfect Dress is another fantastic Carolyn Brown book. She writes a story about plus-size women who are going about living their lives, dealing with the chaos of life and the losing and finding of love. Her characters are (as always) very likable and very easy to relate to. There is the slow and cautious development of the relationship of Mitzi with Graham, a rather awkward with women type of guy who is also dealing with a crazy ex-wife and his very tall twin 15 year old daughters. The attraction between them is sweet...and perfect. The friendship of the three women running the plus size wedding dress shop is another fantastic aspect of the story. They fuss at each other plenty and don't cut each other any slack when toughness is warranted, but they will always support each other. They have the kind of friendship we all should have in our lives. As usual, Brown's quirky lines help fill in the story. My favorite was, "The rest of the day went by like a snail headed for his own funeral". I received this book via Netgalley. I was thrilled until I realized what I'd done. I usually reserve my Audible credits to use on Carolyn Brown's Women's Literature books because I love the accents so much. Even though I've read the book already, I may still have to get the audio--because I love them THAT much. If you haven't tried one of her audio books, you really should!
Shelley-S-Reviewer 9 days ago
What I liked about this story is the fact that it is full of strong female characters exploring their personal strengths and life challenges. They provide the foundation of this sweet story of discovery, love and friendships that endured and blossomed over time. We all have "what if" situations in our life stories to wonder that which might have been, as does this one. Most of the men in their lives were solid, strong and understanding whenever they needed to be. The author was able to explore each character's sensitivity and relationship to each other. I also loved how the circumstances of the different characters almost reflect one another and yet offer such a wonderful support also. I believe that this book was a good book about reflections and could be a subtle reminder in our daily lives that we are shaped by our choices and the choices of others. What I didn't like was how fast the romantic relationships progressed and that everything was tied up all happy sunshine and in a big bow at the end. I love happy endings but life is messy and sometimes endings should be too.
JackieBCentralTexasJB 9 days ago
Book Info Paperback Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Montlake Romance ISBN 1503905276 (ISBN13: 9781503905276) Other Editions (4) Source:Netgalley EARC Buy book from Amazon B&N BOOK BLURB A plus-size Texas gal has designs on an old crush in New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown’s exuberant, bighearted romance. In the small town of Celeste, Texas, Mitzi Taylor has never quite fit inside the lines. Nearly six feet tall, flame-haired, and with a plus-size spirit to match every curve, she’s found her niche: a custom wedding-dress boutique catering to big brides-to-be with big dreams. Taking the plunge alongside her two best friends, she’s proud they’ve turned The Perfect Dress into a perfect success. Just when Mitzi has it all pulled together, Graham Harrison walks back into her life, looking for bridesmaid dresses for his twin daughters. A still-strapping jock whose every gorgeous, towering inch smells like aftershave, the star of all Mitzi’s high school dreams is causing quite a flush. For Mitzi, all it takes is a touch to feel sparks flitting around her like fireflies. She can just imagine what a kiss could do. Graham’s feeling it, too. And he’s about to make that imagination of Mitzi’s run wild. Is it just a hot summer fling, or are Mitzi’s next designs for herself and seeing her own dreams come true? My Thoughts Mitzi Taylor is a lifelong resident of tiny Celeste Texas and from the time she noticed him until present day her High School crush on Graham Harrison is still going strong. Having moved back to town with his two teenage daughters and take over his father’s car dealership Graham soon becomes as enamored of Mitzi as she is of him. Having the two girls, Dixie and Tabitha/Tabby work in her dress shop during the long summer hours provides them all with plenty of opportunities to spend time together and get to know one another better. Along with best friends Jody and Paula, Mitzi’s dream of making The Perfect Dress shop a viable and lucrative business begins to come true in spades. However the ladies personal lives hit a few speed bumps that draw them closer together and prove that women from Texas really are stronger than they ever thought they could be Family, friends, laughter, tears and some awesome dressmaking abilities tie together three larger-than-life women in this wonderful character driven story. Not only do Jody, Mitzi and Paula have their lifelong friendship going for them but their humor and talent as well help these ladies make a life outside the box society tries to place women their size in. Female power to the max prevails as each one overcomes their own personal stumbling blocks so in the end a well deserved new beginning for the three is well on its way to coming to pass. Of course Fanny Lou, Mitzi’s absolutely hilarious grandmother and her father Harry Taylor, along with other secondary characters, are not too be missed either as they totally add just the right amount of small town supportive drama when needed! [EArc from Netgalley]