Sunday, February 17, 2013

Picture Perfect by Janice Thompson

Picture Perfect
Weddings by Design Series - #1
By Janice Thompson
Known for her contagious humor and cast of quirky characters, Janice Thompson gives her fans more of the bridal business drama in a brand-new series all about those long-suffering people who make beautiful weddings happen. Picture Perfect is the first in the new series and brings our favorite character, Bella, back in a big way, while introducing new characters readers will love. Fans will laugh out loud as they experience this breezy and entertaining novel from a great storyteller.
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.
Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson offers an inside look at the wedding business, drawing on her own experiences as a wedding planner. She is the author of the Weddings by Bella series and the Backstage Pass series. She lives in Texas.

Here's my review of this wonderful work of fiction:
First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Janice Thompson and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Picture Perfect" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
“Picture Perfect” by Janice Thompson is the first novel in her brand new Weddings by Design Series.  This sweet love story takes place on Galveston Island, Texas surrounding the wedding of a celebrity that Hannah McDermott has been hired to photograph.  Hannah struggles with always coming in second, so the success of this wedding and her relationship with Bella Neely’s Club Wed could make or break her career.

Bella and D.J. Neely and the entire Rossi clan from the Weddings by Bella series make a significant appearance as does Brock Benson from Thompson’s Backstage Pass series, but surprisingly these characters don’t steal the show.  Hannah proves to be her own reckoning force.  She is a solid character with lots of quirks and carries this book as its leading lady with style.  Drew Kincaid, Hannah’s competition in the photography business, is a charming leading man who proves to be a stabilizer.

Maybe I enjoyed this book so much because I can relate so well to Hannah.  Plagued by dramatic ideas that her arch-nemesis from high school is still dogging her lead her to tackle some deep-seated issues with gusto.  Hannah is truly inspiring.  This is a great book to take on vacation or to enjoy over a weekend.

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