Monday, May 20, 2019

Review - The Perfect Dress

Title:   The Perfect Dress
Author:  Carolyn Brown  
Genre:   Mystery/Thrillers; Women's Fiction
Publisher:   Montlake Romance
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:  300
Date of Publication:  April 16, 2019
My Rating:  4 Stars

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?


Mitzi Taylor has a very successful custom wedding dress boutique for women just like her, She is buxom and nearly six feet fall with bright red hair. Her clientele always come away from her shop looking like true divas. So Mitzi, along with two friends, has made a great success.

When Mitzi sees Graham Harrison again, who is shopping for bridesmaid dresses for his twin girls, she is in constant awareness. As a matter of fact, he feels it too. Mitzi has dreams, and just maybe one day Graham could be a part of it.

The Perfect Dress is a wonderful romance with the true fact that plus-sized women can be beautiful, glamorous and sexy and deserve every chance at love. I appreciated the kindness Mitzi showed to Graham's daughters, who were very much like her. She was able to instill confidence in them that teens really need in this day and age. In addition, Mitzi's friends Jody and Paula, who co-owned the shop, had chances to work through their issues.

I enjoyed this book Carolyn Brown, and have read another book by her as well. I look forward to reading much more.

Many thanks to Montlake Romance and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Brown was born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma. These days she and her husband make their home in Davis, Oklahoma, a small town of less than three thousand people where everyone knows everyone, knows what they are doing and with whom, and read the weekly newspaper to see who got caught.

A plaque hangs on her office wall that says I know the voices are not real but they have such great ideas. That is her motto and muse as she goes through the days with quirky characters in her head, telling their stories, one by one, and loving her job.

She has been married almost half a century to a retired English teacher that she calls Mr. B and he does not read her books before they are published because she cannot afford a divorce. They have three grown children.—and enough grandchildren to keep them busy and young.

When Carolyn is not writing she likes to sit in the back yard and watch the two tom cats protect the yard from all kinds of wicked varmints like crickets, other cats, spiders and blue jays.

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