Friday, February 22, 2013

Picture Perfect, a review

Feisty wedding photographer Hannah McDermott has dealt with her share of difficult brides. But none can compare to the ultimate Bridezilla she's dealing with now. Still, she's trying desperately to impress Bella Neeley, Galveston Island's most sought-after wedding planner, so she can take the top spot in Bella's list of recommended photographers--a spot currently occupied by her arch-rival, Drew Kincaid. What she doesn't count on, however, is falling head over heels for the competition.
With her contagious humor and cast of quirky characters, Janice Thompson gives readers more of the bridal business drama they want in a brand-new series all about those long-suffering people who make beautiful weddings happen. Readers are desperately waiting for more of Bella and this new series brings her back in a big way, while introducing new characters fans will love. Fans will laugh out loud as they experience this breezy and entertaining novel from a great storyteller.

Again, I've gone beyond my usual realm of historical fiction with a story by Janice Thompson and found myself immersed in Hannah's story. This particular book was charming- I loved the premise. As a photographer myself, and one who does not wish to go completely professional, I just kept holding my breath seeing the business side of the story unravel, wanting the best for Hannah and hating to see how her dreams could perhaps be dashed. Her character was one I could relate too, with having similar thoughts as I pick up the camera and try to shoot those unique moments of people's lives.

I adored the Irish flavor of the book, and the endearing remembrance of Hannah's grandfather. I got a kick out of her father and his, um, storytelling, and one of the last scenes of the book- which I cannot elaborate about but it made me chuckle. It was sweet to see the love between Hannah's parents, too, and the development of her mother more into herself.

The romance between Drew and Hannah was written in perfectly- they are now one of my favorite couples in fiction. Unexpected but desired. Rivals but eventually friends....loved that part! This is a novel I'm definitely recommending...it's an uplifting read for your heart and faith!

Thank you to Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for the complimentary review copy.

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