Isabel “Izze” Vez, bridal consultant extraordinaire, has been helping brides find The Dress for years. She loves nothing more than helping make wedding dreams come true…but sometimes the happy endings grate on her. How many times can a girl discover someone else’s gown without dreaming of the day it’ll be her turn to wear one?
When James Miles Clayton walks into her life, he represents everything Izze can’t handle: change. He’s determined to bring the Ever After Bridal Boutique into the black…and to prove to Izze that she should give him a chance.
But if there’s anything Izze handles worse than change, it’s trust. She may have a few issues—fine, she knows she does. But will they keep getting in the way of any chance of her own Happily Ever After? She wants to trust God to give her those dreams of love and lace, but that’s going to require some…minor alterations.
GENRE: Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Christian fiction
PUBLISHER: WhiteFire Publishing
RELEASE DATE: June 15, 2016
“When a bride finds The Dress, there is joy, laughter, and on some occasions, even spontaneous dancing. There is none of that right now.”
Oh my goodness, y’all! I love this author’s style!
Izze, the main character, narrates the majority of the story (with occasional switches to third person for Miles’ POV) and a la Gilmore Girls she often talks right to the reader. She’s quirky and witty and I would so want to be friends with her if she weren’t a figment of Joy Palmer’s imagination! Her relationship with God is a natural extension of her character and while there are a lot of very touching moments involved with this element of the story there are also quite a few opportunities for the author’s adorable humor to shine through too. For instance:
There’s a verse in the Bible that talks about lifting your eyes up to the hills and about how your help comes from God. I think I’m going to give it a try. But since there are not a lot of hills in Keene, I roll onto my back and lift my eyes to the ceiling.
What is that nasty looking gunk all over the ceiling?
I am so getting up now. It looks like a giant dust bunny that’s planning to eat me in my sleep.
Besides the faith and the humor, there’s a delicious romance brewing at the Ever After bridal salon. Izze and Miles don’t get off to the best start (well… it depends on which one of them you ask) but that just fuels some fantastic banter & hoarse-voiced emotion and makes that first kiss (and the ones thereafter) all the more toecurlingly sweet. Miles is steady in his pursuit; Izze is her typical adorable-but-easily-frazzled self. I really liked getting to see the relationship from both perspectives – first person for Izze and third for Miles. It reminded me of Varina Denman’s Mended Hearts trilogy in that aspect, though Varina’s are more women’s fiction romance while Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations is definitely a rom-com! (And both are done really well!)
Bottom Line: Cute, endearing, witty, and romantic – V. Joy Palmer’s debut novel is a perfect fit! Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations keeps a grin on your face but may bring a few tears to your eyes before all is said and done. Tucked away in the middle of this delightful romantic comedy is a message of hope and restoration, a reminder that trusting God requires more than just lip service (words or kisses! lol) but whenever He asks us to trust Him He’s waiting to catch our leap of faith with His open arms. If you love watching Say Yes to the Dress and/or Gilmore Girls or if you’re a fan of Melissa Tagg or Janice Thompson, you will absolutely want to run out right now and get a copy of Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations. I am looking forward to more from this author – and hopefully a series with these characters!
(I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Loved it!
KissingBook Level: 3.5 stars / Will forget to breathe on occasion & may need a fan too.
V. Joy Palmer is an avid blogger and is co-founder of Snack Time Devotions. She is a youth leader at her church, and loves acting crazy and drinking coffee with the teens. When Joy isn’t urging the elves that live in her computer to write, she’s hanging out with her husband, their adorable baby girl, and their two socially awkward cats. This is her debut novel.
What about you? Do you have wedding-dress drama stories? Or do you just live vicariously through shows like Say Yes to the Dress?
(Joy is hosting a fun giveaway to celebrate her debut novel! Check it out here.)