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The Perfect Dress

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  11,485 ratings  ·  640 reviews
A plus-size Texas gal has designs on an old crush in New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown’s exuberant, bighearted romance.

In the small town of Celeste, Texas, Mitzi Taylor has never quite fit inside the lines. Nearly six feet tall, flame-haired, and with a plus-size spirit to match every curve, she’s found her niche: a custom wedding-dress boutique catering to b
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Published April 16th 2019 by Montlake Romance
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Chasidy Kaye Jones
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange of a review.
I dont want to seen like I didnt enjoy this book because for the most part I did. There was way too many mentions of "big" girls in this book. It seemed like the author said those words in every other sentence. I get that the book has almost all plus sized women as characters but I dont need to read it 5000 time in one book.
The characters all had the lowest self esteem about themselves because as the author puts it, they are fat. The only
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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THE PERFECT DRESS by Carolyn Brown is an emotionally packed women’s fiction story with a cozy romance subplot of three lifelong friends and their plus-size only custom made wedding dress shop “The Perfect Dress” in small town Celeste, Texas. Mitzi, Paula and Jody are three strong female characters that are all going through differing life challenges as the story begins, but no matter the problem they always know they can count on e
Three friends since high school own a made to order bridal shop for plus size women. These big beautiful women have been through a lot in secret pain and together with a pint of ice cream, but now they need each other more than ever. This character-driven small town friends story of new opportunities, friendship, and romance had me wanting to pull up a chair at their kitchen table and sharing about life and whatever snack is being dipped into.

In this standalone women's fic- contemporary romance
Kris - My Novelesque Life
DNF @ 35%
2019; Montlake Romance

I was so excited to read this novel for a blog tour and review. As I snuggled into bed to read it, I slowly started to frown. This book has all the genres I love - romance, small town, southern and contemporary fiction - yet, I was bored. I liked that the main character Mitzi was a plus-size, something that isn't the norm in romances. However, overall, I didn't really like the characters. The women were a bit over the top as is the humour. I found myself clenching
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a pleasant surprise!

Carolyn Brown was a new Author to me, and I can’t wait to read more of her books. The Perfect Dress was a southern delight wrapped up in frills and lace. The southern slang in which these characters spoke really reminded me of home back in Mississippi. I love that this Perfect Dress shop specialized in women size 14 and up. The main women in this story were “bigger boned” women, and it just made this story more real..appealing. Mitzi, the shop owner had a kinda unrequite
Rita M. Kelley
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not my favorite

Caroline Brown is one of my preferred authors but she missed the mark on this one. The story line was ok but I did not enjoy or appreciate how much detailed emphasis was given to eating so much food for every emotional situation. It seemed to stereotype all plus size woman as always stuffing themselves with cake, donuts and ice cream.
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What I liked about this story is the fact that it is full of strong female characters exploring their personal strengths and life challenges. They provide the foundation of this sweet story of discovery, love and friendships that endured and blossomed over time. We all have "what if" situations in our life stories to wonder that which might have been, as does this one. Most of the men in their lives were solid, strong and understanding whenever they needed to be. The author was able to explore e ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-to-review, 2019
Romance, weddings, curvy women, Texas, and weddings all in one book?  Sounds like my kind of read!

This was a delightful story and I liked how the wedding dress shop only focused on dresses for women size 14+.  I know how hard it can be to find a wedding dress for us curvy gals.

All three of the friends have some emotional baggage but are able to rely on each other for strength especially when their lives are falling apart.  There are some surprises for each of the friends but it only serves to ma
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three heroines
High school crush
Execrable exes

Plus size dressmakers and boutique owners
Everyday life
Real slow burn
Friends and family
Everyone's got dramas
Celeste, Texas
Two tweeny twins

Dallas bridal fair
Romantic evening on the porch swing
Epilogue so sweet
Sassy ladies
Starting new lives
Genesis Sheli (Whispering Chapters)
For some reason Goodreads isn't letting me delete the accidental star. Anyways, I had to DNF. I really didn't want to. I just found it so slow and it explained waaaayyy too many things for my liking instead of focusing on the story. I was seeing myself headed to that dread slump so I'm officially declaring no more.

I may pick it up in the future, mostly for the two young girls. I love their energy and their personalities so much! So for them, I'd give this a try again in the future, just not now
May 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
Possibly the most boring book I have ever read. You can deduct a star if you even marginally like your mother.
Fantastic story of friendship, love, and being yourself. Mitzi, Jody, and Paula were three women who have been friends since they were in school. Though they went their separate ways for a while, they always stayed in touch. When each of them needed a change in her life, they opened a custom bridal shop for women like themselves - plus-sized women with dreams to match. The shop is the backdrop as all three women experienced unexpected changes, both good and bad, in their lives.

Mitzi is a tall, r
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This was a fun romance and friendship story between three big, beautiful women who had been friends since childhood. They own a made to order bridal shop for plus size women, in a small town. Mitzi finds out that her teenage crush has moved back to town, and he stops in the store to make an appointment for his daughters to get bridesmaid dresses made for an upcoming wedding. Jody, finds out that the last several years of her life have all been for naught. Lyle, her highschool sweetheart has been ...more

Small town Texas is the setting for this story. Mitzi, Paula and Jody own a custom wedding dress shop for plus size women. Mitzi's high school crush moves back to town with his twin teenage daughters who are in awe of the shop.

This was my first Carolyn Brown book and it will not be the last. I love the characters and the descriptions of the town. Everything feels homey and neighborly. Each of the three friends has issues they must work through. There is betrayal, shunning and budding romance
Rosina Ayling
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book had many positives, I liked the fact that very strong female characters were at the forefront of the story. Each one of their circumstances were different but they all came together and really supported each other. The story is focused on a wedding dress shop for curvy/larger women and helping women feel comfortable in their own skin. But, I do feel the book mentioned the main characters size too much. However, I enjoyed the humour in this book and the romantic aspects. The book was ve ...more
Caitlyn Lynch
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemp-romance
I’ve read Carolyn Brown’s books before and enjoyed the combination of irreverent humor and southern charm her characters always display, so when I saw The Perfect Dress was about three women who operate a plus-sized custom bridal shop, I picked it up looking for a fun, light-hearted read.

What I got was three women who honestly seem to despise themselves. Jody hates herself for caving to pressure from a man and going vegan to diet into thinness (spoiler; the guy leaves her for a younger model any
Chelsea Downey
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Too sappy and too fast

When I read the author’s bio and learned that she was a grandmother the book finally made sense. I picked up this book because everyone around me is getting married, I’ve never been a tiny woman, (though I am short) and I’m from Texas.

But beyond those points the story was just entirely too saccharine, cheesy and cliché for me. I mean that it was cliché literally—every single Southern aphorism and saying was trotted out multiple times. Bless your heart, this was as cheesy a
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
The Perfect Dress by Carolyn Brown is a sweet quick read about three women owning a custom wedding dress shop specializing in plus size dresses.

The story follows the three for a little over a year while they handle liars and cheaters, old crushes, new loves, babies - and folks who focus on their size instead of their beauty.

These are southern girls - ladies until you push them, then they give a verbal lashing like only a southern lady can do.

This story was fun and entertaining, maybe not as de
Nicola Short
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Had many laugh out loud moments while reading this book along with some teary eyed moments. Carolyn Brown delivers a story about plus sized women that will pull on your heartstrings.
The three main characters are like able and down to earth people. They open up a bridal shop for plus sized women. The friendship they have with each is endearing.
If you are looking for a fun read, this is the book you need to pick up.
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: brown-carolyn
These books by Carolyn Brown are such cute stories. I especially loved this one about plus-size ladies who are comfortable in their own skin who open up a bridal shop for plus-size ladies so they can have the wedding of their dreams in dresses designed just for them! Just an adorable story.
Ashton Noel
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. Light summer romance reading.
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could come up with a snappy southern saying but all I can think of is: Oh my stars! As I have come to expect from Ms. Brown, The Perfect Dress has much heart, and humor, with real life situations that most of us have, or will, experience. Loved Mitzi Taylor and Graham Harrison but let's not forget the other characters...and they ARE characters! the story, especially Graham's twin daughters. Really enjoyed this story.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Really cute fun old fashion southern story about 3 Texas gals who are the best of friends. They have their own plus size wedding dress specialty shop. The story revolves around the 3 friends Jody, Paula, & Mitzi & their relationship twists & turns. ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of The Perfect Dress via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
What breath of fresh air this read was! This is about women opening up a plus size wedding dress store and issues Some of them go through. I am particularly drawn to Mitzy as I am a tall girl of 6 feet as well!!!! Highly recommend this read for spring as wedding season approaches!!!!
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Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Montlake Romance

ISBN 1503905276 (ISBN13: 9781503905276)
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A plus-size Texas gal has designs on an old crush in New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown’s exuberant, bighearted romance.

In the small town of Celeste, Texas, Mitzi Taylor has never quite fit inside the lines. Nearly six feet tall, flame-haired, and wit
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Okay, so at first read...I was actually worried it was going to be one of THOSE books. You know the ones...where the he/she lead and supporting cast is SO hung up on size that quite literally EVERY other sentence has something to do with them being bigger/smaller, or the hard times they faced because of their size, or how awful the world is in general thanks to their waistline or lack thereof. Now, admittedly, there is quite a bit of talk regarding weight/size here, but it's done in such a way t ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: small-town, netgalley
"Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review"
This book has likeable, in a way different from the norm, yet overall quite ordinary characters, and an interesting story.
I liked the big-seized heroine and her friends/partners, their friendship and business. The big, spectacled, somewhat shy, yet self-assured, honorable hero, who takes his time to make a move on the heroine, is also charming.
I always like a slow-burn romance and I’ve enjoyed watching Mitzi and Graham fall for each
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
The Perfect Dress is another fantastic Carolyn Brown book. She writes a story about plus-size women who are going about living their lives, dealing with the chaos of life and the losing and finding of love. Her characters are (as always) very likable and very easy to relate to.
There is the slow and cautious development of the relationship of Mitzi with Graham, a rather awkward with women type of guy who is also dealing with a crazy ex-wife and his very tall twin 15 year old daughters. The attra
Roz Curney-Sherod
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this Chick-lit book, it was a very good summer read. Here we have a story about three best friends who are all plus sized women and own a speciality bridal shop called "The Perfect Dress". The shop is located in the small town of Celeste, Texas and owned by our three heroines, Mitzi, Paula and Jody. My favorite secondary character is Fanny Lou, Mitzi’s grandmother and she is really outspoken and a hoot! The store creates custom wedding, bridesmaid and prom dresses for plus-sized ...more
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