Book Review: Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations by V. Joy Palmer

July 1, 2016 Christian, contemporary, romance, V. Joy Palmer 18

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about the book

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.

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GENRE: Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Christian fiction
PUBLISHER: WhiteFire Publishing
RELEASE DATE: June 15, 2016
PAGES: 308

Love Lace and Minor Alterations book review“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!)

love lace and minor alterations quoteBottom 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.

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about the author

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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.

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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.)

Carrie

18 Responses to “Book Review: Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations by V. Joy Palmer”

  1. Beth Erin

    I picked my dress online and had a local shop order it. Tried it on, had it hemmed (cause I’m a shorty), done. I would go even simpler if I had it to do over. I’m anti-drama everything 😀
    Book looks hilarious and dare I say steamy, oh boy!

  2. Andrea Stephens

    This looks like a contemporary I’d like to read! Nice review Carrie! Adding it to my ever growing wishlist.
    3 weeks before my wedding, I didn’t have a dress. My mom said I could just wear my ivory prom dress (it was kind of bridal looking) but I wore it to 2 proms with 2 different guys! So no, I was not going to wear it. My aunt said I could wear my cousins’ dress, I drove the hour and a half to her house, it was exactly like my prom dress, again, no. Then my aunts best friend said her daughters’ dress was hanging up in the closet across the street, she went home and brought it to me. It was a real wedding dress! and it fit perfectly! It was rather dirty, apparently, she had worn it the bowling alley as a prank saying she had been left at the alter, then bowled in it all night. I had it cleaned twice and it was perfect. I gave the dress back with many thanks. When my aunt’s friend died she wanted me to have the dress, her daughter had divorced and didn’t want it. The veil was missing but I didn’t mind. It’s hanging up in my closet wrapped in a sheet.

    • Carrie

      Wow!! You did have some wedding dress drama! So glad it turned out so beautifully in the end <3

  3. Winnie Thomas

    When my oldest daughter got engaged, we had 2 months to plan the wedding. We looked all over for a dress that she liked, and couldn’t find one. This will date me, but it was when all the leg o’ mutton sleeves were in. She didn’t like those and didn’t want a lot of lacy, frilly, beady stuff on it. I ended up making it, which was not my first choice. Also, she was living 1 1/2 hours away at the time, and she’s 5’9″ and was very slim, which required some lengthening and altering of the pattern. She had to come home every weekend to try it on so I could work on it during the week. It really wasn’t a complicated dress (thank goodness), but had a lot of venetian lace I had to hand-sew onto it to make it look good. Then, when I was almost finished, my oldest son was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and had to have surgery and radiation. Talk about major stress in the middle of planning a reception, doing invitations, etc. It turned out beautifully, though. When my younger daughter got engaged, I told her to find a dress, and I didn’t care how much it cost, as long as I didn’t have to make it!! We went to an awesome dress shop. She picked out 5 dresses to try on, narrowed it down to 3, and chose the first one she’d tried on. It was simple, but gorgeous. I loved it and she did, too. The styles were so much cuter then. She also doesn’t like frilly, lacy stuff. And it ended up only costing $600, which was well worth it! I actually had made her a couple of prom dresses, because she’s 5’11” and we had a hard time finding any long enough for her, but I REALLY did not want to make another wedding dress.

    • V. Joy Palmer

      Wow! That’s so much work, Winnie Thomas! I’m in awe of you! I can’t even sew in a straight line, so my mother-in-law had to take in two of my three flower girl dresses for my wedding.

      • Winnie Thomas

        I used to sew a lot, but I can’t really justify it any more when the supplies cost more than a ready-made item. Also, I’ve gotten lazy in my old age. I have done a few pieced quilts, but not lately. I’d rather spend my time reading. 🙂

        • V. Joy Palmer

          Haha. 🙂 I understand! I have these amazing friends and family who quilt and crochet sweet baby dresses, and I’ll be like, “I read three books!”

  4. V. Joy Palmer

    I’m pretty sure I’m going to frame this review, Carrie! Thank you so much! I haven’t been able to stop smiling and/or squealing! Ok, there may have even been some spontaneous dancing. 😉 And I LOVE the graphics!!!

  5. Cathe Swanson

    I will definitely have to get this book! thanks for the review.

    My two favorite wedding dress stories:

    Shortly before my grandparents were to be married, they had a quarrel, and my grandmother took the dress she was going to be married in and dyed it black. She couldn’t afford to buy a new dress when they reconciled, so she gave the black dress to her sister in exchange for her sister’s used wedding dress.

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    For many years, I made bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses,and flower girl dresses and did alterations in lieu of giving wedding gifts to the young ladies in our church family. When the daughter of a good friend was married, her wedding dress opinions caused her modest mother a lot of stress. Both of them talked to me about it – a lot! – as I worked on the dress. In the end, my friend respected her daughter’s wishes, and the bride ended up in a strapless dress that was very tight all through the body and nearly to the knees at which point it flared out into a fishtail sort of skirt. Every time she came for a fitting, she wanted it tighter and wanted the flared part to start lower. I tried to convince her she would have trouble walking if it was tight all the way to her knees, so we ended up at mid-thigh. I sat near the back of the church at the wedding, and as she walked up the aisle and all through the wedding, I prayed – “Please, God, don’t let the seams break. Please, God, don’t let the zipper break. Please, God, don’t let her fall over.” I still remember it as one of the most nerve-wracking experiences of my life.

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