When a dressmaker who values beauty tangles with a liveryman who condemns vanity, the sparks begin to fly!
Jericho “J.T.” Tucker wants nothing to do with the new dressmaker in Coventry, Texas. He’s all too familiar with her kind–shallow women more devoted to fashion than true beauty. Yet, except for her well-tailored clothes, this seamstress is not at all what he expected.
Hannah Richards is confounded by the man who runs the livery. The unsmiling fellow riles her with his arrogant assumptions and gruff manner, while at the same time stirring her heart with unexpected acts of kindness. Which side of Jericho Tucker reflects the real man?
When Hannah decides to help Jericho’s sister catch a beau–leading to consequences neither could have foreseen–will Jericho and Hannah find a way to bridge the gap between them
A feisty entrepreneurial seamstress with a missionaries heart and a brawny, stubborn, Good Samaritan liveryman go toe-to-toe and heart-to-heart in this witty historical romance. I really enjoyed the deeper conversations between JT and Hannah, specifically concerning if an interest in fashion is purely indulgent and vanity fueling or if it is our desires that pull us into temptation. Nothing about the spiritual lives of these characters felt put-on or forced and there were many introspective moments about God’s purpose for our lives. My only gripes with this book were a few loose ends that I wished had been completely resolved and a climatic incident at the end that felt rushed and displaced. A very strong debut novel from Karen Witemeyer that will have me looking for her upcoming titles. Sidenote: Hats off to the cover artists at Bethany House for their beautiful and enticing work!