Sunday 17 February 2013

Book Review: Picture Perfect, by Janice Thompson

Picture Perfect (Weddings by Design, #1)

Picture Perfect
By Janice Thompson


From The Back

 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.

My Reflections

This book is the first book in Thompson’s new series weddings By Design.
I had not read any of Thompson’s books, and so I was unsure what to expect.

The main character Hannah is desperate to impress the premier wedding planner Bella Neeley at Club Wed, with her superb photography skills.
Although her arch rival and the very handsome Drew Kincaid has her all in a flutter. The competitive Irish nature, saddled with Hannah’s low self-image are sure to trip Hannah up along the way.

Will Hannah ever find a “the Hottest man God has ever made?” Can she click her way to the success she feels will make her life meaningful? I won't spoil the book by divulging the details.

I am hopelessly romantic by heart so I had some mighty high expectations.
Upon cracking this book open I was a wee bit disappointed. 

I have to admit I found this book to be a tad cheesy, and the main character was a little preoccupied with the appearances of the men around her. Perhaps it was the writer’s way of developing the story line and growing Hannah character. I am not sure, but it was all a little over the top for me.

Unfortunately the story lost my interest about half way through and it took some time to get through the rest of the book. I guess I all the clan jargon and Irish proverbs hung me up. The book did have humor and wit however, and dear dead Grandpa Aegus’s sayings got me through.

"May you never forget what is worth remembering, Nor ever remember what is best forgotten."   
  Irish Proverb

 About the author
Janice Hannah Thompson

About this author

My name is Janice Thompson. (You will find me published under Janice Hanna as well.)

I’m a Christian freelance author of novels, non-fiction books, magazine articles and musical comedies for the stage. I live in the Houston area, where the heat and humidity tend to reign, regardless of the season.

I’m the mother of four beautiful daughters, (Randi, Courtney Rae, Megan and Courtney Elizabeth. Yes, I really do have two daughters named Courtney! Long story…) I also have the three prettiest granddaughters any Nana could hope for – Madysen Lynae, Avery Rae and Peyton Renae. Grandbaby #4, Ethan Ames, was just born in the winter of ‘09 and baby Boston Craig just arrived in the spring of ‘10. Another baby girl is on the way – baby Brooke!

Our family is extremely active in local ministry. My oldest daughter, Randi, leads worship in the Houston area, Courtney Rae leads worship at her church in Montana, Megan works with children at our local church and Courtney Elizabeth sings on the worship team at her church in Michigan. I’m thrilled to have four grown daughters who love the Lord (and several granddaughters who one day will)!

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