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A Tailor-Made Bride

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  6,849 ratings  ·  579 reviews
Jericho "J.T." Tucker wants nothing to do with Coventry, Texas's new dressmaker. He's all too familiar with her kind--shallow women
more devoted to fashion than true beauty. Yet, except for her well-tailored clothing, 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 arrogan
Paperback, 348 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Anne Osterlund
Hannah is a dressmaker who has always worked for someone else. And dreamed silently of her own shop sometime in the distant future. But when a surprise benefactress turns that dream into the present, Hannah leaves behind everything she knows for the isolated town of Coventry, Texas.

And lands, of course, in the arms of J.T. Tucker (aka Jericho, though he does NOT care for that name). Which is naturally why Hannah starts to use it.

She really can’t help herself.

After all, Jericho just begs to be ma
Sometimes I'm in the mood for a sweet, gentle romance with a dashing hero and this book, A Tailor-Made Bride fits the bill! Too boot it's a debut novel for author Karen Witemeyer! All I can say is if this book is that good, what's her next one going to be like?

This story, set in the late 19th century, features beautiful seamstress and dressmaker, Hannah Richards and rough, sometimes gruff liveryman, Jericho "J.T." Tucker. If you like a thoroughly modern heroine and a stubborn hero look no furthe
Margaret Metz
This is one of those books I looked forward to ever since I saw the cover art last year. The more I read about it, the more I wanted to read it. It didn't disappoint.

I know you shouldn't judge a book by a cover ~ but how many of us do just that? We either are drawn to the gorgeous dress (like on this one) or repelled by what we don't like on another. It's like that in life too. Jericho Tucker has done just that in this book. He takes one look at Hannah Richards and sees all the things he hates a
With a prose that stands up and grabs the reader’s attention, this debut novel did not disappoint this reader!

I found great delight within the pages of TAILOR MADE BRIDE. Jericho, Hannah and Cordelia, even the villains and secondary characters were brought to life. I loved the word usage, the character portrayal, their interactions, it all shouted to me that this book is one to be remembered.

Jericho and Hannah’s relations are funny and romantic. What a hero! And what a romantic chemistry, it mad
May 23, 2010 Margaret rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Margaret by: Kate Witemeyer
First time novel for Karen Witemeyer has earned a permanent space on my keeper shelf and a guaranteed to-buy list selection for future titles such as Head in the Clouds. The Bethany House cover artists out did themselves on these covers and the story within in skilled to match right on par. I was pleased and tickled to giggles by the humor and personality within the characters in the pages of A Tailor-Made Bride. I am so glad to have discovered Karen's writing and cannot wait patiently enough fo ...more
All that I think about when i finished reading this book, that this is a calm read. If you need something to escape the turbulence of most romance novel, then you should read this one.

A sweet story about a dressmaker and a liveryman. Hannah Richards got a chance to realiaze her dream of opening her own shop when a patron of hers deeded the shop to her. So she arrived in Coventry, Texas with the hope to be a successful dressmaker. Jericho "J.T." Tucker tried to resist his growing attraction for t
Jae Roth
First of all, this is a Christian Romance. I'm annoyed at the people who left one star reviews because of that. Do your homework people! You wouldn't walk into a dress store and pull out something cause you liked the color. You'd check to see if it fit you. The story is published by Bethany House. Bethany House is an inspirational/Christian publisher.

That aside, the story itself does leave room for criticism. Pacing is painfully slow and there is very little happening in the story. Even the mome
Emily Tuckett
The world needs more realistic happily ever afters. So if you are looking for that perfect feel-good, chick-flick-ish novel then A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer will satisfy better than a cupcake scented bubble bath. This Historical-Fiction romance is clean and delightful. The main characters are very religious, so don’t be surprised by respectful references to God. The banter is witty and the characters rich in integrity.

Witemeyer’s writing was above average, but it was the plot that con
Jessica  (My Not So Vacant Shelf)
I don’t know what it is, but I love timepiece novels. When something we take today as being normal everyday behaviour, like a kiss, is put into a situation where it is in fact not innocent and holds great meaning, it makes the whole idea of romance right down to a kiss mean so much more and seems to captivate me whole heartedly. We seem to take those simple touches, kisses, or gestures for granted these days, maybe because they are so freely done with modern day society that we don’t realize the ...more
Hannah Richards arrives in Coventry Texas with the deed to a dress shop, energized and ready to live her dream of ministering to others through her skill in making beautiful clothes. The gruff livery owner across the street is a walking contradiction--he snubs Hannah for promoting vanity to the Coventry women and owning a property he's been trying to buy for years, but then goes out of his way to perform little acts of kindness for her.

I enjoyed Jericho and Hannah immensely. They were unique and
What a fun, sweet read! I needed just such a book at the time that I read this one. The characters are endearing, and the romance is sweet.

The main character, Hannah, is opening a dress shop in Texas, and I really liked her determination to succeed in that business. Despite his misgivings of dresses and fancy attire, J.T. finds himself falling for her and their mishaps and bungling of situations were charming. I do feel that they fell in love a bit quickly. Although the progression of their rela
I actually got this book over a year ago when it was on sale (for free) on Amazon. I’m not sure why I didn’t read it at the time, I probably wasn’t in a western mood, but now I’m sad I waited so long to read it. I thought this one was super cute. I just loved Hannah and JT. I admired Hannah for a lot of reasons; she’s someone I would want to be more like. She is so naturally kind to people and sees the good in everyone. I also liked her independence and how brave she was to move to a new city an ...more
I've read a two of Karen's books {Short-Straw Bride & Head In The Clouds} previous to reading A Tailor-Made Bride, and really enjoyed them! But I liked A Tailor-Made Bride even better! I can't quite choose whether I like Short-Straw Bride or A Tailor-Made Bride best, but it's very close! I literally fell in love with this book and was so glad for the opportunity to be able to borrow it from our local library.

The biggest of my "favorites" with this book would probably be how much Karen inco
Vickie McDonough
Being a gal who is only comfortable in my jeans, I wondered how I’d like a book where the heroine is a dressmaker, but let me tell you, I loved A Tailor-Made Bride! Hannah is a spunky, determined heroine who isn’t about to let a narrow-minded man like J.T. stop her from achieving her dream. From the moment they meet, there is explosive sparring between the two. He’s totally against her choice of professions and doesn’t mind telling her. She thinks he’d the rudest man she’s met, and hates that he ...more
A delightful read, this one quickly made it to the top of my "Witemeyer List" (alongside Head in the Clouds). I so enjoy this author and her lovable, comical style of writing. The characters are consistent, even as they grow, and are sure to steal your heart with smiles, laughs, and a few heartfelt sighs.
Jenny Q
Audiobook: It's easy to skim over tedious detail and dialogue when you're reading a physical book, not so easy when you have to listen to it. I gave up about a third of the way through this one. Too much tedious detail and not enough action. Too slow and too light for my tastes.
Cute, fun romance. I love these books when I am having a bad day. I love knowing that I can fulfill my love of a fun romantic story but can be sure that I will be uplifted at the same time with no pages that I have to skip!
I first want to say thanks to the publisher and author for sending me a copy of the book. I loved the cover of the book right off the bat. The story was great. The characters were loveable and ones you could identify with. I loved how the author incorporated different women throughout the bible and the metaphor to Jericho's name. Hannah is a stubborn, determined dressmaker who's been given a gift to open her own shop in Coventry, Texas. When she meets Jericho, the sparks fly. Little does she kno ...more
I DID NOT WANT THIS BOOK TO END!! From cover to cover, Karen Witemeyer just blew me away! She has the "character depth" of Tamera Alexander and the "romantic charm" of Deeanne Gist, combined with a beautiful, refreshing style all her own.

This is Karen's first novel, and that fact alone will leave you even more wide eyed and slack jawed at her abilities. Most importantly, you will also find the Lord's "thumbprint" on every page. Her words ministered to my spirit in such a deep, penetrating way.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. The characters were richly developed with unique personalities.

The main characters are Hannah, a seamstress who impresses an elderly woman customer so much that she is willed the deed to a shop. Jericho (J.T.) who runs a lively service in the small town of Coventry, Texas in the 1880s. There are several minor characters who added much to the humor and inventiveness to this book.

This book probably classifies as a Christian historical romance. What
Valerie Comer
Is beauty a sin or a gift from God?

J.T. Tucker is of the opinion that beauty, or at least the pursuit of it, is evil. It was all his mother pined for. . .which had the affect of ending his parents' marriage. So when a sweet young lady (pretty, too) comes to Coventry, Texas, to open a dressmaking shop, J.T. is upset. What's wrong with women like his younger sister wearing serviceable, decent clothing? Why fill their heads with notions they don't need?

Hannah Richards knows God brought her to Coven
Kathie (katmom)
I LOVED THIS...totally.

It was charming, well-written and is going on my FAVORITE BOOKS shelf.

Hannah has been blessed with a shop to open her dress making business. JT (Jericho Tucker) had wanted to buy the property so that he could let the lady next door who runs a laundry service move in. Her shop was a total heap.

THAT's the kind of guy JT is.

He makes assumptions as to what kind of woman Hannah is. He assumes she's high maintenance and wants to lead "proper God fearing" women astray.

Takes a bi
Rachelle Rea

What I Loved

I started reading A Tailor-Made Bride immediately after I finished Head in the Clouds. Though nothing could send Head in the Clouds toppling from it's place at the top of my favorites list, A Tailor-Made Bride certainly catapulted onto that list, as well.

Just as hysterically funny and well-researched as the other, A Tailor-Made Bride is an engaging read that will leave you thinking about the characters long after you've turned the last page--which in my estimation makes it the best
Typical sweet and light christian historical fiction, not too captivating not too boring either...
Had some good aspects on beauty and the whole concept of fashion in it that I appreciated.
All in all a little in between snack, I'd say ;)
Such an entertaining story!

This was such a fun book that addressed some big topics in a lighthearted way.

I think my favorite part about it was how specific things from the Bible were often mentioned and sometimes even analyzed a bit. God was very apparently a big part of these people's lives and I loved that.

All the characters are so loving, helpful, courteous. I really liked Cordelia, JT's younger sister. :)

The theme of the book is really great too. God created all things good, it's not the t
Age Appropriate For: 13 and up for romance
Best for Ages: 13 and up

Witemeyer has become one of my favorite authors ever since I read Short-Straw Bride. I have had this, her first book, on my kindle for a while but have finally gotten around to reading it. I was not disappointed, even though I think Witemeyer has gotten better.

The characters sparkled in this book. Hannah was sweet and spunky, and a perfect match for kind yet gruff J.T.. Hannah worries her career as a dressmaker will fail in the ti
Marilyn Rondeau
With a wonderful sense of prose along with a well thought out plot which fully explained Jericho’s attitude towards Hannah, author Karen Witmeyer graced the reader with a truly touching and highly inspiring story of faith, goodness, and forgiveness. While she blessed the reader with several inspiring readings from the bible, they were totally appropriate where and when she used them. In other words this offering was not overly preachy!

While being gruff and unkind to the new seamstress who had co
Kathleen L. Maher
I simply could not believe this was a debut novel for author Karen Witemeyer. I would have assumed from the smooth-as-dressmaker's-silk prose and the finely crafted characters with their compelling conflict shooting sparks between them, that this was a novel from somewhere in the middle of an illustrious career.

Jericho "JT" Tucker couldn't be more gruff or imposing when Hannah Richards comes to town holding the lease to the shop he wanted. And to make matters worse, she has designs on opening a
What is it about debut novels that make them so good? Is it because debut novels are the books that authors put all of their blood, sweat and tears into? Or is it because they are new and fresh? I don’t know. What I do know is that A Tailor - Made Bride has everything that makes for a wonderful book. I have always had a preference for debut novels, but this book really stands out in my mind as a truly excellent book. Both Jericho and Hannah are adorable and charming in their own ways. It was dif ...more
Bluerose's  Heart
I loved so many things about this book!!!
One of my favorite passages in the Bible is about the virtuous wife, and I loved how Hannah was brought to life as that woman in this story. There’s so many lessons taught in this book, including don’t judge someone by their appearance, whether they are beautiful, ugly, poor. Also, helping the needy is another lesson.
So many books I read is about two people that love each other, but don’t get together to the very end. (Which is fine. I love those books, t
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CBA bestselling author, Karen Witemeyer, writes historical romance fiction for Bethany House, believing that the world needs more happily-ever-afters. In 2011, her debut novel, A Tailor-Made Bride, was a finalist in the Best First Book categories for both the prestigious RITA award and the National Reader's Choice Award. Karen holds a master's degree in Psychology from Abilene Christian University ...more
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“One day I'm going to catch you in a full-blown grin, Mr.Tucker," she said, wagging a finger at him, "and when I do, watch out because I'm going to crow in victory." "We all need goals in life, Miss Richards." J.T. swung two boards up onto his shoulder and peered down at her. "Mine's to get this stuff delivered before the first snow falls. You think I got a chance at making that happen?” 21 likes
“He unlaced his arms and took a step forward. "You hurt?"
"Not badly." She tried to smile, but her lips only curved on one side. "My main problem is that I'm stuck to a cactus."
"How'd you manage to get tangled up with a cactus?" J.T. crouched beside her and started extricating her from the prickly plant.
"Well, believe it or not, I was on my way to apologize to you when a prairie-dog hole jumped up and grabbed my shoe heel.”
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