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Review of Novel: Picture Pefect

Title:  Picture Perfect: A Novel (Weddings by Design)
Author:  Janice Thompson
Pages:  336
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Revell
                “There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea.  But the best ships are friendships, and may they always be.” (pg 326)
                Each chapter in this book begins with some Irish saying, poem or limerick.  Some of them I laughed at because they were so cute.  Others just spoke truth like the one above.  The wonderful world of fiction is one of adventures because of the various treasures that can be discovered.  Authors and their stories are told in unique ways that show the awesome creativity of God.  How?  We are unique and special, each and every one of us.
                Here between the pages you will enjoy the story of an Irish family proud of their heritage.  The oldest daughter has started her own photography business while her three younger sisters are married with children.  A man she views as her competition shows himself to be a good   ‘ol’ Irish boy’.  In order to understand that phrase, you need to read the story.  It’s a story of change on many levels, a willingness to accept God’s grace, as well as facing insecurities like Hannah does in this tale.  The value of friendship and family is also woven in along with seeing Who is control of life.
                Set in Texas, two photographers are interviewed for a wedding magazine.  Both of them have begun their own business so getting contracts for wedding shoots is especially important, even more so when the person getting married is a well known country music star!  The guests range from everyday people to well-known Hollywood people.  In the story, expect things to be down to earth.  Brock Benson is a star who will be a guest at the wedding, but is also currently participating in Dancing with the Stars. Brock is invited back to Galveston, Texas to be the grand marshal of a parade on the same weekend as the wedding.
                The novel was very entertaining to read with occasional funny scenes or conversations thrown in, which makes for a relaxing, encouraging read.  You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy this story or the funny puns throughout the book.  It was neat to see the characters from various backgrounds and histories learn from each other, and people learn to make changes in their lives instead of staying the same way.  You would be hard pressed not to learn something from the themes presented here and the words of wisdom shared throughout.
                My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at

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