Saturday, July 3, 2010

Book Review: A Tailor-Made Bride

by Anita Mae Draper

A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer, Bethany House, 2010

This refreshing book takes the adage of ‘judging a book by its cover’ to its simplest form. It’s based on the principle that just because you’re born with certain attributes, doesn’t mean you can’t improve upon them. Forget hair dye, make-up or something drastic like plastic surgery. We’re talking about something as basic as clothing.

Hannah Richards is a skilled dressmaker whose original designs enhance a beautiful woman and beautify a plain one. She knows what colors and cuts work with the different shapes and sizes God has endowed upon the female body. And as a female, she knows that a bit of lace and frills can do much to instill confidence.

When Hannah is gifted a building, she believes God is guiding her to open a dressmaker’s shop. She can witness to their soul while working on their attire.

Jericho ‘J.T.’ Tucker doesn’t see it that way. As far as he’s concerned, Hannah’s chosen career has the ability to incite jealousy and practice avarice. He loathes all the showy details which contribute to vanity. Decent women wear plain, practical dresses devoid of pretty frippery.

He believes people should look at inner beauty versus outer beauty, although he admits he’s never looked twice at a plain or thick-waisted woman.

Hannah needs success for her new business. J.T. has experience with vanity and doesn’t want the dress shop to succeed. They are on opposite sides of the street with an unbreechable wall between them. Until J.T.’s sister orders a new dress…

You should read this book for the entertainment value alone… or if you ever wondered what the Bible says about dressing in finery. Either way, you’ll be blessed.

What about you? Do you like frills and trim? Or do you need them for confidence?



  1. I cannot wait to read this book! Thanks for the review.

    I like some frills and trim, but not so much that it looks like too much.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Thanks for the review, Anita. This is one on my To buy list.

  3. Hi Anita -

    I'm looking forward to reading this book.

    As far as clothing, I like elegant styles. Some lacy, girly girl stuff is okay, but I save it for special occasions. Comfort is an important factor.

    Susan :)

  4. Hey Karen, I'm with you on that. Also, it depends on where the trim is located.

    I once had a jacket with a little zipper on either side of my upper chest. A leather tab hung from the end of each zipper pull. However, I stopped wearing it when a friend said it reminded her of a stripper's pasties. LOL

    Have a great weekend.


  5. You're welcome, Lisa.

    Susan, I agree. My clothes seem to be divided into two piles, and anything with lace or trim ends up in the 'dressy' one.

    I hear you on the comfort. That is a major criteria in any clothing I wear. Or shoes for that matter.

    Thanks for popping in, today. Have a great weekend, ladies.


  6. This book sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks for the heads-up, Anita.

    I'm definitely a person who looks better in some colors and necklines than others. I could use my own personal "Hannah" to help me pick out clothes!

  7. Oh, me too, Susie. I'm still not sure about necklines and cuts. However, when I was in school Home Economics, we had a colour matching session. I'd never heard of such a thing before and didn't believe a word of it. Well, until I held up a pink swatch across my chest and all the girls gasped. They said I really looked good in that colour. I was still skeptical until I realized every time I'd received a compliment, I'd been wearing the very same pink top. Duh.

    I wonder... after 35 yrs, would I need a new color matching session? LOL



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