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The Bad Luck Wedding Dress (Bad Luck Brides #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  1,009 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
This classic story by the USA Today bestselling author is back to launch a brand-new series--The Bad Luck Brides. Dressmaker Jenny Fortune plans to stop rumors of the bad luck wedding dress by wearing it to her own wedding. But first she needs a groom--and widower Trace McBride fits the bill. Reissue.
Hardcover, Large Print, 573 pages
Published November 9th 2006 by Thorndike Press (first published 1996)
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Rachel Regina
Overall rating: 4 "Treasure" stars!

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Bark's Book Nonsense
Oct 28, 2010 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Jenny Fortune is struggling to keep her seamstress business afloat. It seems that all three of Big Jack Bailey's daughters have met up with a streak of bad luck after wearing her masterpiece wedding dress. Being a suspicious fool, Big Jack Bailey determines MissFortune (as he dubs her) has placed a curse on the dress and sets out to destroy Jenny and her business.

Trace McBride, local saloon owner, widower and father of three wild girls also known as the "McBride Menaces", rents out the space Jen
Shayla D. Faye

Dressmaker Jenny Fortune was going to put a stop to the rumors of the "Bad Luck Wedding Dress" by wearing it to her own wedding. But first she needs a groom and Trace McBride is jut the candidate!

First off. Jenny Fortune. Fortune is a cool name. That I want. Seriously.

*Cough Cough*

What was I talking about? Oh yeah, the book. It's in the past....I think. Think wild west without much cowboys. And everyone is superstitious. And kind of for good reason. After a series of unfortunate events
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
This Book by Geralyn Dawson (a.k.a Emily March) is FREE on Kindle Amazon at the moment. It was a Writer's of America RITA Award Finalist and the book that made her career! Get it today!
The Hook - The path to a book can be a winding, bramble filled journey to its pages. Last winter’s refuge from cold and snow found me in Texas, a state I had passed through but had never sampled its fine offerings in its many historic cities and towns. Take Fort Worth for instance. Home to over 800,000 people today, Fort Worth’s beginnings were minimal, just 500 in 1873 with a large quantity of Longhorns driven in from Kansas on the Chisholm Trail. Visiting the area known as ”Hell’s Half Acre” y ...more
Ida Lukasik
Feb 10, 2017 Ida Lukasik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a good book. Lots of action
Jan 04, 2017 Shea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Geralyn Dawson is the other name Emily March has written under. I received this as a free e-book since I subscribe to her newsletter. I enjoyed the story of the independent dressmaker making her way in Texas in the late 1800s. Jenny Fortune and Trace McBride, as well as Trace's three daughters, are all wonderful characters. This story, like March's Eternity Springs series, focuses a lot on personal growth, forgiveness and redemption. I look forward to reading the other "Bad Luck" stories.
Sep 28, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jenny Fortune's dress shop is in trouble when Big Jack Bailey claims the wedding dress she made his daughters caused their bad luck. Everyone started calling it "The Bad Luck Wedding Dress" and her business dried up. The only way she knows to get her business back is to wear the dress at her own wedding and make it a good luck dress. Her quickest candidate for a husband is her landlord, Trace McBride, the widowed father of three young daughters. He definitely needs some help with the girls. Arou ...more
Jane Stewart
The book was boring. I wanted it to be over.

Trace accidentally shot his wife Constance. Jenny moves to town and has her own shop working as a seamstress. She falls for Trace but he is not interested. She plans to marry someone else because she needs financial help. A second story involves Jack who bought a wedding dress from Jenny for his two daughters. They had accidents after they wore the dress. Jack plans to kill Jenny because of superstitious thoughts.

Sexual content: not evaluated. I r
Sep 09, 2014 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

I liked the concept of the book and I loved the "menaces". But I had a really hard time liking Trace.

I understand his actions, but I really hate that mindset - one woman was an evil witch - ergo all women are the same and can't be trusted - ugh! Really?

Jenny was interesting and her parents - I can honestly say I have never read a book with parents even remotely like hers. To say that they were over the top unbelievable, is a gross understatement. That is not to say they were not enter
Oct 25, 2012 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I just found another auto-buy author. I admit, the first chapter or so had me dragging my feet to turn the pages, but once the story picked up, it didn't let me go. While the rest of my family played beer pong during the hurricane, I walked around, reading this book. I forced myself to put it down last night so I could sleep, but it was the first thing I reached for this morning. Jenny Fortune is the designer of the so-called Bad Luck Wedding Dress, worn by three sisters who've all had u ...more
Nov 06, 2012 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the book pretty quickly because the story drew me in. The characters are interesting, and at times seem very human. Jenny and Trace start out with physical attraction, but many obstacles on the path to love. The 3 little girls are some of the best parts of the story. The brilliant plans they have are absolutely wonderful. Of course if they were in my world, those plans would not be so wonderful. They are brats. But, funny and cute brats,

I think if you are into humorous historical romances
A light, slightly amusing book. The novel had some redeeming qualities -- Trace's little daughters "The Menaces" were very cute, trying to get Trace and Jenny together as a couple. The emotion and romance was there, but the whole, "I can't trust you because of what happened in my past" theme kind of dragged on for to long in my opinion. Also, there were parts of the book that could have used an editor -- some actions were slightly confusing. For example, one part of the book has Trace and his br ...more
Jenny Fortune is a woman ahead of her time - she is an independent, sassy, dress designer in Ft. Worth, Texas. Trace McBride is a saloon owner looking to get out of the business so he can be a better father to his three girls, affectionately(or not)known as the McBride Menaces.
Jenny runs into trouble when an elaborate wedding dress she designed becomes known as the Bad Luck Wedding Dress. Trace finds himself rescuing her over and over again, despite his gut telling him not to. His girls love Jen
Aug 18, 2011 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
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Angel **Book Junkie**
I struggle with whether I want to give this book 3 or 4 stars.

I liked the story and the premise of the story but I really wanted more. The book was funny at times and I even shed a few tears towards the end of the book but for the most part the book bored me to pieces. I wanted so much more out of the book but felt like it took me a LONG time to get there.

I think I would read more by this author and I think I have now that I know Emily March wrote this book under another name. I just felt that
Carrie Daws
Overall I enjoyed the book and really would prefer to give it 3.5 stars. Most of the characters are engaging and likable, the basic storyline is great, and several times I laughed out loud. But there was almost too much going on and a couple of the solutions were anti-climatic. And multiple times the author took time to not only tell me what a character was thinking -- but explain it as well. Some of it was evident through the storyline and much of it insulted me because I thought I was capable ...more
Sep 24, 2007 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Historical Romance, 2005, 379 pgs
TIME/PLACE: 1879/Ft. Worth, TX
CHARACTERS: Jenny Fortune/dressmaker; Trace McBride/widower w/
3 daughters
COMMENTS: Delightful read. Very lively, fast moving, witty. Jenny is being blamed for the bad luck 3 sisters have faced, since they all wore the same wedding dress designed by Jenny. She's about to lose her business. Trace's daughters are the McBride Menaces and desp
Carla Cabrera
Apr 11, 2014 Carla Cabrera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I suprisingly enjoyed this book given that i'm not into historical romances. I didn't know it was a historical romance from the description but figured i'd give it a shot since i had already bought it (even though it was free). There is definite chemisty between Trace and Jenny but the 3 Menaces (Trace's daughters) are what made the book so enjoyable. Their antics to get Trace and Jenny together were fun. This book even has some suspense in it to keep you on your toes. I recommend it and may eve ...more
Great read

I read this book in one sitting. I was hesitant at first to read it, but after one chapter I just couldn't put it down. The characters were well written and entertaining and the plot was believable. Granted, it was about superstitions, but who at one point, has not believed a little bit of bad luck. With that being said, I highly recommend this book. Another plus, there are extremely few grammatical errors, so another plus. Grab this book while you can. You will not be disappointed.
Dec 22, 2011 Brandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I seem to be having good luck with the free western romances I've picked up for my Kindle. This story of Jenny and Trace almost had too much going on between Jenny's very different parents, Trace's 3 daughters known as the menaces, a rumored bad luck dress made by Jenny, Trace's family history, and a dress store rivalry. I think I fell in love with the menaces first and could really see how Jenny would feel a sense of responsibility toward them. How fortuitous that the menaces have a better idea ...more
I really enjoyed this book! The location, the characters, the storyline....all great. The girls - Emma, Maribeth, and Katrina - were funny, mischievous, cute, and loveable all at the same time. I chuckled a number of times just picturing them doing the things in the book. In other words Ms Dawson did a wonderful job of bringing them to life. As for Trace, one word..HOT. Jenny was perfectly portrayed. The storyline was unique. The ending was cute and leaves you wanting to know more about this unu ...more
Jen (at last!)
3.5 stars

This was a pretty good read. The little girls were so endearing and hysterically funny with their shenanigans! The hero's back story was a bit intriguing. The heroine was spunky, tough and gutsy. The chemistry btwn the two was pretty amazing. There were some very emotional moments. I enjoyed it quite a bit. I laughed out loud several times. However, I did find myself skimming some parts that I felt unnecessary. Like I really could care less about Jack Bailey except for how he affected
Jun 20, 2012 LAWonder10 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a well-written book with a delightful story-line.
It had some unexpected twists to the plot. it was very disappointing two-thirds through the book was place sexual promiscuity. Then it continued with profanity and more sexual promiscuity which eliminated
its recommendation to the Young Adult and Pre-teen audience. It would have been a great family book to enjoy together.
It was mostly 'fun' reading with suspense, intrigue, romance, humor and some mystery. It encouraged strong family bonds.
Becky ♡The Bookworm♡
This was a really cute western romance. Trace McBride's three young daughters, a/k/a The McBride Menaces, added humor and warmth to his bumpy courtship of Jenny Fortune. I found the storyline to be a bit predictable at times, but still very enjoyable. I like books with multiple plots and the author nicely resolves all of them.

This is the perfect book to curl up with on a rainy day! I'll definitely continue the series.
Geovanna Maya
Jun 01, 2016 Geovanna Maya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me gusto mucho la historia, incluso deteste a varios residentes supersticiosos del pueblo, y sobre todo la mujer que los provocaba.
Los protagonistas me agradan, desde la atracción, hasta el momento que inicia un romance.
El misterioso pasado del protagonista es bueno. no me decepcionó su carácter ni el trauma con el que vivía. Como se desarrollo la novela respecto a esto y otros temas involucrados me dejaron con un buen sabor de boca al concluir todo.
Karen Docter
Nov 07, 2012 Karen Docter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper-shelf
I loved this book. Full of fun LOL moments. Cute, but also filled with danger which I won't go into at risk of spoilers, but the blend worked. The kids were adorably naughty, their father yummy. Loved heroine's strength of purpose and drive to be independent in a world that didn't support a woman's right to her own destiny.

I'll read this one again someday, which is why it's going on my Keeper Shelf.
Jan 09, 2012 Beckey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer "Missfortune" Fortune has run into a bit of bad luck with her dress making business (Fortune Designs) adventure with mishaps of three brides from one family. This mishap made other superstitious about her creations saying they brought bad luck...
Her mother visits with her an a plan is dispensed for turning everything around...

Would that work??

Would things turn around for Jennifer?

Cute story...

(this is mini summary/review cause this packed with more...)
Oct 30, 2012 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, e-book
Jenny Fortune is determined to make it on her own but as luck would have it she rents a McBride property thereby providing a treasure to the McBride family. Good story had some comic moments with a good dose of romance. The girls had some of the best moments in the book. I would have given the story a 4-star review if it hadn't been for the brother storyline - too cliched. But otherwise a good story.
Aug 02, 2015 Dorothy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Messy and jumbled. Lots of errors in the Kindle version. If you want an example, search for the word 'die'. Confusing plot, random things happen that make zero sense and the McBride Menace daughters get annoying by the end. I read it looking for a 'popcorn' book, I.e. something I didn't need to think about and it wasted my time.
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Geralyn Dawson is the USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels. She is a three-time finalist for the prestigious Romance Writers' of America's RITA award and a recipient of their Top Ten Favorite Books of the Year award. She received Romantic Times magazine's Career Achievement award and its Reviewer's Choice award. In 2009, the American Library Association named her romantic suspense no ...more
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