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Teal Paisley Tights

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Life post-graduation was supposed to see the launch of Jadyn’s art career, or at least an art gallery showing one of her watercolor paintings. Instead, this Pittsburgh native is locked into a low-paying consultant position with an impossible boss. When another coworker is fired, Jadyn inherits an extra workload, including the company’s biggest client. If she loses him, she ...more
Published November 15th 2018 by Vinspire Publishing
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Sarah Monzon
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars but rounding up since GR doesn’t offer half stars.

I found the character voice sweet and charming, if a little scattered (she’s a very disorganized person so it fits her). I chuckled in some points, as a good romcom will have you do and kind of wanted to go out and buy myself a pair of teal paisley tights because, c’mon, don’t they sound adorable? But as I read, my brow crinkled. We follow the character through her overworked and hectic day but...what was the point? I was searching for
Toni Shiloh
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Barbara Brutt's debut novel has chick lit aspects I love. Jadyn has a fun personality complete with her lucky paisley tights. There's hints of romance and she has a quirky humor. Unfortunately, life takes a downward turn for Jadyn and not even her tights can save her. She has a lot to deal with and at times, it becomes a bit much for a reader to follow--but realistic for how life truly treats us.

*I received an ARC from the publisher. My review was not required nor influenced.
**I'd give this 3.5
Fiction Aficionado
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
~ 3.5 stars ~

This novel ticks a lot of chick-lit boxes. Somewhat quirky female protagonist: check. Career-oriented, but trying to find a better balance in life: check. Personable and engaging voice: check. I could even relate to Jadyn on several levels. Once upon a time I had trouble saying no too. I frequently overestimated just how much could be achieved in 24-hour days, and I wanted to be the person everyone needed me to be—which turned out to be a lot of people! And I didn’t even have any te
Beth Erin
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jadyn is a compassionate, creative, and hard-working young woman. She’s also a hot mess. Although my most artistic talent is tracing, I’m always fascinated by the talents and personalities of artistic characters like Jadyn. The plot is fresh and unpredictable with a uniquely satisfying conclusion.

Teal Paisley Tights is an entertaining rom-com with young adult flair and women’s fiction depth. I love the way this story tackles some of the greatest lessons we lea
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Barbara Brutt's debut novel is a combination of genres. We have Christian Fiction, Chick-Lit mixed with a bit of romantic comedy and family drama. Jadyn is a compassionate, creative, and hard-working young Christian woman. She’s also a hot mess. Not being able to say no to anyone, it leaves her little time to do the thing she loves the most, work on her art. She is overworked, underpaid and a huge people pleaser. She wants to make her mother and her sister proud of her, yet she really does not l ...more
Elizabeth "Eli" Olmedo
Teal Paisley Tights offers a story for anyone who has ever wondered where they fit. Barbara Brutt brings a fun, fresh voice to the fiction table ensuring a quick, quirky read. It amazed me how fast the pages zoomed by, which, with a busy schedule of my own, is the kind of book I need.

I did struggle to connect with the heroine who came across as immature, selfish, and often acted as though the people around her owed her. Jadyn also continually lied to get what she wanted. The friction between her
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
I really enjoyed the voice of this book. I felt like I was listening to Barbara TELL a story.
I could definitely see the story playing out in my head. I was walking the streets of Philly, going into the art galleries and working for the marketing company. The story was crafted very well.
You can tell this is the author's debut in a few places, but it does not take away from her talent for writing a great story.

There were a few characters I was not a fan of at the beginning of the book, that by th
Suzie Waltner
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Debut authors are a bit of a gamble (but more often than not, a delight to find). Add to that a somewhat dying genre, chick lit, and the odds stack up against a book. But Teal Paisley tights rises above the tentative strikes against it and hits a solid triple.

Jadyn is a scattered young woman trying to find a balance between the job that pays the bills and what she loves to do. When things go wrong, they really go off the rails. Between her demanding job, a budding romance, her family, and her ar
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! This book had me giggling and groaning by page three. Jadyn is quirky and relatable as she struggles to make tough choices about her art, her work, and her relationships. Like most of us, Jadyn makes a few mistakes on her way to figuring out what she wants to do, and, more importantly, who she wants to be. Brutt beautifully weaves this narrative with laugh-out-loud humor, real characters, and the fear/hope combo that keeps you rooting for Jadyn ‘til the end. If you’re in your twenties, ...more
Jill Hart
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet, fun read. It took me a while to get into the book and connect with the characters, but once I did, I found myself really enjoying the story. Jadyn is a little scattered (which reminds me maybe a little too much of myself - lol) and the story focuses on her growth as a person as she learns to break free of living bogged down by the expectations of others and her former people-pleasing ways.
Barbara Brutt’s debut novel, Teal Paisley Tights, is a charming and funny story that readers will delight in. Although it takes a little bit to get into and the writing is a bit scattered, this fits the main character’s personality so readers will quickly overcome this pitfall. A fabulous chick lit and romcom style story, from page one readers will be giggling. This story follows Jadyn’s life as she strives to come to know herself as she works hard and develops her creativity. There is also a st ...more
Indigo Wood
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
Barbara Brutt's debut novel is a fun and inspiring look into the life of a young woman struggling to balance the realities of a career with the dreams of an artist. I loved the way the author delved into so many deep relationships in Jadyn's life--not just a romantic relationship, but her relationships with her family and her relationship with God as well. Jadyn's hopes and creative journey felt very real and relatable. An engaging and enjoyable read.

*Review copy received. Opinions my own.*
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
(I received an advanced copy of this book. Review and opinions are my own.)
Based on the genre alone I probably wouldn’t have picked up this book - I am not a big “chick lit” reader (except for the occasional young adult book). That being said, I’m really glad I got the chance to read it. Being a Pittsburgh native myself, I loved the references to local spots and found myself wanting to plan a visit. I also enjoyed the relationship between Jadyn and her sister - especially as it evolved over the
Raelee Carpenter
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Looking forward to more from this author.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Teal Paisley Tights is a sweet debut novel by Barbara Brutt that deserves to be read, it is a good story. The format could use a little polish, however, despite saying that, the author shows definite promise. I look forward to reading more from Barbara Brutt and watching her grow as an author.

As I consider the story, I wonder if what I perceive as an issue with format to actually be quite deliberate, an interesting way to reflect the it never stops lifestyle so many experience today.

Consider t
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jadyn Simon is a twenty-something living in Pittsburgh and trying to stay afloat in her job as an account services consultant. Basically, she’s in marketing and advertising. She’s overworked, underpaid, and trying to avoid the wrath of her demanding, overbearing boss. With a passion for art as well as volunteering with youth, Jadyn also has a big heart but not a lot of life experience yet.

As the story unfolds we get to see Jadyn learn to juggle and prioritize responsibilities, to rely on her fai
Michaela Bush
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
First off, I enjoyed the characters and how real they were. This author certainly has potential for creating realistic, likeable characters. The main character was vivid and loveable, and I found myself easily caring about her situation. This is an incredibly valuable talent for a writer to possess. I was also excited to read it because it's set in the 'Burgh and it isn't very common that I find books with locations I've actually seen before. I read this in about 3 hours, so it was a nice little ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
As Jayden struggles desperately in to fit in and to please those around her she is so dissatisfied! She is an artist, a creative soul, stuck in a world of rigid rules and expectations.

Anyone who has struggled with pleasing others and doing the things expected of them will be able to relate to her. Watching her as she gets caught in the spiral of saying what she thinks is expected and almost losing the man she cares about because she doesn’t know how to say no to her friend. . . I felt so bad for
Debut author? Check. Intriguing synopsis? Check. Throwing caution to the wind? Check. Sometimes, when you are checking out a new author you have to throw caution to the wind. One thing that brings me to that point is an intriguing synopsis, I mean come on I’m not a cover person. Sell me with words because pictures can never begin to tell me about the writing. Just sayin’ and no disrespect for all the cover people. We all gotta a thing. Barbara Brutt truly sold me with her words, not only in the ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This was such a fun read! I received an arc from the publisher and all opinions are my own.

Going into this I expected it to be a romance, and while there is some romance, the main focus is Jayden, our main character. Jayden works as a consultant at an ad agency with a boss who doesn’t like her and way too much on her plate. More than anything Jayden wants to be an artist but isn’t sure how to do that and still survive as a functioning adult. This book felt like a coming of age new adult story a
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is a light-hearted read. Funny. I like the heroine, she's easy to relate to. This is a bit different from most of the books review in that it's not necessarily under the Christian genre. It is a clean novel, but more on the light-hearted 'romantic comedy' side.

Jadyn is a consultant, trying, or rather, determined to make it in the marketing field. Her job load keeps increasing. Her work is causing her to miss out on too many other things in life. She loses her apartment. And then there'
Hallie Szott

The debut novel for Barbara Brutt, Teal Paisley Tights is all the fun that readers expect from chick lit: Jadyn is the quirky, creative main character, struggling to find balance in her life between her job, her relationships, her art, and her people-pleasing nature. Of course, her story has a lot going on within it, and she has plenty to learn over the course of the story, which leads to quite the satisfying ending. It’s a delightfully heartwarming read. While I would have liked to see a lit
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: empty-shelf-2019
Barbara Brutt's debut book Teal Paisley Tights is the chick lit that I've adored since it became a genre. Jadyn is a hot mess of a heroine, which we can all identify with at some point in time, and so incredibly fun. She is creative and finds a way to turn disasters into something not so horrible.

I liked how she decided to step out of her comfort zone and did what she loved. We all know that family relationships can be tough and Ms. Brutt shows the sister relationship with humor and truth.

The en
Karina Bartow
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
When we meet Jadyn Simon, she's juggling a job she's good at but doesn't love, a new relationship threatened by her needy childhood friend, and an eviction notice. The rest of the story follows her trying to pull off a shaky balancing of these and other elements, including her endeavors to be an artist.

To play off the book's artistic component, I'd call "Teal Paisley Tights" an abstract painting overall. It has all kinds of different lines going this way and that to create a unique work. For mys
Caitlyn Santi
4 Stars!
This is a very good Chick lit debut novel. Super cute and fun while also being very true to life! I instantly liked the main character, Jadyn and I found myself relating to several different aspects of her life. The message of defining what success means to you, and learning to rely on God and asking Him to guide your life was fantastic and just the reminder I needed at this point in my life! I read this one a bit slower, so I really had time to absorb all the great things about it! A gr
Cindy Coats
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I met Barbara about 8-9 years ago when she was a volunteer for a sports camp I was putting on. I loved Barbara's personality from then on. I think I even have a picture of her where she wore her hair like a who from whoville for Friday Funday, but that's besides the point.

When she announced she wrote a book, it's been on my list ever since then. And I've been following her on GOodreads for a while!

I enjoyed this book. It almost reminded me of the Party Girl series by Rachel Hollis! It was a ligh
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gotta love some good Chick Lit! Quirky, relatable Jadyn gets a little in over her head trying to balance her life. Who can't relate to that? it's more fun reading about it than having to live it. But she perseveres and finds a way to follow her dreams in the end.

This is a fun story with a host of lovable characters that I hope we will meet again in later books. They all deserve their happily ever afters.

I must say this book has a lot going on and details and storylines start getting lost in all
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a good fun romcom that made me laugh more than once. The main character isn't very organized making her daily life hectic. I can definitely relate to her, since I'm trying to find the right balance in my life to stay organized. She struggles with making decisions in her life, which I believe a lot of people do today. She felt like a regular person and not some made up character, and I really liked that.
If you're looking for a fun light chick lit, definitely pick this up.

Disclaimer: I r
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining, quick read

I read this in just a few hours, and appreciated both the quick pace and nuggets of truth throughout.

I could relate very much to Jadyn and the career components and struggles. Since I’ve got about 10 years on her, there were times I wanted to launch into advice mode (much like her sister? Hmm...), but I enjoyed watching her grow and make her own choices.

A couple off-the-cuff remarks alluding to one’s orientation or quick ways to make sizable money were a bummer.
Becca (Reflections From My Bookshelves)
I enjoyed this book. I thought the story was interesting and full of Good Life lessons. I liked how Jayden stepped out of he comfort One and did the things she loved. The sister relationship can be tough and I liked how Jayden had to learn good sister relationship and boundaries. I think the reader can learn valuable truths as well.

I recommend this book to my family.

I received this book from the publisher to read and give my honest review.
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Hiya, I’m Barbara!

I believe words heal. Whether written or read, words have a way of building a bridge from the heart to the mind. I want to explore that.

I’m a 30-something hope-in-progress bent on growing despite the gritty, pot-holed road of adulthood. Jump in the passenger seat and I’ll try to be a good driver!

My work experience includes a smattering of jobs from shop girl to communications man

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