One of the best things about being a blogger with a love of reading and sharing reviews is being given the opportunity to read brand-new books before they’ve been published. I recently had the chance to read ‘A Puff of Silk’ by Kathleen Shoop. It’s the first book in a fun new bridal shop series and I highly recommend it to all who love a bit of chick-lit rom-com fun! Scroll on to read my review and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win; there’s 3 e-books up for grabs and one lucky individual will win a $50 PayPal or Amazon Gift Card! Giveaway is open until January 27th, 2019.
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A Novella—Book 1—Bridal Shop Series New York City dress designer to the stars, Amelia Pettipiece, cleared a unique path to fashion-glory. With her career soaring, grand penthouse apartment on Central Park, and handsome boyfriend who supports her ambitions, Amelia could not have dreamed of a better life when she left Pittsburgh after college.
But when Amelia’s signature design, the famous FiFi Hererra’s, wedding dress, disintegrates off the bride’s body as she walks down the aisle, every thread of Amelia’s charmed life unravels.
Amelia’s Instaglam life turns into an Instaslam. She runs back home to her gram’s place in Eagle Bend, Pennsylvania to hide until she can figure out what happened to the dress and how to weave her tattered life back together.
Though Amelia finds comfort in staying with Gram, she begins to see that she’s neglected the woman who raised her. Pettipiece Boutique is falling apart and a slew of hunky hangers-on are showing interest in the riverfront property and in Amelia.
Just when Amelia is at her lowest, a customer with a unique problem arrives at the boutique, distracting Amelia from her crumbled life. Can she and Gram create the dress of a lifetime for a desperate bride? Can Amelia trust herself to send another bride down the aisle after the FiFi debacle? Does any of it really matter if Amelia’s already lost it all?
My Review of ‘A Puff of Silk’
‘A Puff of Silk’ is the first book I’ve read by Kathleen Shoop but it certainly won’t be the last. I jumped at the opportunity to read this novel for two reasons: 1) I love chick-lit that has a fashionable flair 2) I was recently married and am still riding the bridal high.
Although I’ve read tons of chick-lit with a rom-com tone, this was a new twist with all of the chaos surrounding a wedding gown mishap. In our technologically aware society, anything worth talking about gets splashed all across social-media and this novel touches upon that notion. One of the big themes of the novel is that when life gets you down, you have to get right back up and moving. Often times life’s journey takes you exactly where you need to be and shows you where your true talents can be better utilized and appreciated.
This book was everything I hoped it would be. It was fun and chaotic and a little bit flirty. It was entertaining but gave the right amount of mystery and intrigue. After reading the first one I was happy to hear that there’s four more novels in the Bridal Shop Series and I’m looking forward to reading them all!
Early Praise for ‘A Puff of Silk’
“Shoop’s plot is brilliant, and her characters feel like fully-dimensional people. I had a grand time reading this well-written and compelling tale that even had me considering relocating to Pittsburgh, Amelia’s home town.” –Jack Magnus– Readers’ Favorite
“A Puff of Silk (Bridal Shop Series Book 1) is a fast-paced story that flows seamlessly from one point to the next, carrying your whole attention along with it, eager to learn how Amelia is going to get out of the unimaginable chaos that her life has become overnight. Kathleen Shoop wrote an amazing story that will draw you in. I could not help but fall in love with Amelia through her troubles and daily tears.” –Faridah Nassozi–Readers’ Favorite
“Puff of Silk (Bridal Shop Series Book 1) is a quirky, entertaining, hard to put down, light story, perfect for a cold afternoon in front of the fireplace. I found myself immediately liking Amelia and cheering her on through her disasters. I really enjoyed reading A Puff of Silk and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Book 2.”–Trudi LoPreto–Readers’ Favorite
Coming soon to the Bridal Shop Series….
About Kathleen Shoop
Bestselling author, Kathleen Shoop, holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. She writes historical fiction, women’s fiction and romance. Shoop’s novels have garnered various awards in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Readers’ Favorite and the San Francisco Book Festival. Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. Kathleen coordinates Mindful Writing Retreats and is a regular presenter at conferences for writers.
I adore writing historical fiction (The Letter series, After the Fog and Donora Stories that are coming soon!) but am having a blast writing romance like Home Again, Return to Love and Tending Her Heart (Endless Love series). Thank you so much for the time you take to read.
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