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The Perfect Dress

Written by: Carolyn Brown
Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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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 with a plus-size spirit to match every curve, she’s found her niche: a custom wedding-dress boutique catering to big brides-to-be with big dreams. Taking the plunge alongside her two best friends, she’s proud they’ve turned The Perfect Dress into a perfect success. 

Just when Mitzi has it all pulled together, Graham Harrison walks back into her life, looking for bridesmaid dresses for his twin daughters. A still-strapping jock whose every gorgeous, towering inch smells like aftershave, the star of all Mitzi’s high school dreams is causing quite a flush. 

For Mitzi, all it takes is a touch to feel sparks flitting around her like fireflies. She can just imagine what a kiss could do. Graham’s feeling it, too. And he’s about to make that imagination of Mitzi’s run wild. Is it just a hot summer fling, or are Mitzi’s next designs for herself and seeing her own dreams come true?

©2019 by Carolyn Brown. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Lorie Sechrist
  • 2019-04-17

The Perfect Dress

I don’t know how Carolyn Brown does it but every book is better than the one before. I love how she weaves multiple storylines to make one beautiful story. The characters were so well defined and the love in this story, so powerful. I didn’t want the story to end. The narrator was excellent too. Please write more. Thank you for putting them on kindle as read and listen books! Loved it!

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  • Wendy
  • 2019-05-06

Never wanted to return an audiobook until now

Shallow plot about even shallower characters. I can deal with a lot for a nice little romance based distraction. But good golly, all the mothers represented in this book are either dead or horrible, any woman that is skinny is possibly satan or just lying to themselves until they get fat again, and men are all the absolute worst unless they're practically saints. No in between! No depth! No respect for your fellow woman or people with different body shapes, being pro fat and body shaming skinny women and short men is NOT body positivity.

I didn't even come here for body positivity! I saw a book with a plus sized lead who makes wedding dresses and falls for a single father and thought, awesome, take my money and let's go. But holy mackerel, they talk nonstop about food and being big and their insecurities but then also rag on others constantly. The MANY female antagonists in this book can't just be catty or mean, they have to be skinny and pretty too, cause skinny girls are the real enemy here, I guess??

And there's hardly any romance happening!!!!!!!!! I am more than halfway through this, hour 7 of almost 10, and the two leads have barely kissed and spent maybe four hours together alone. Just. ugh.

I have wasted time listening and hoping a different character would call the three leads out on being awful while also somehow staying the victims forever. But I'm done. Just had to waste another couple of minutes on this book so I can bitch about it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-08

Southern Big Girls

I really enjoyed this book. Good performance. I hope this becomes a series.
I will say I got tired of hearing "big girls" and listening to them eating fried chicken and doughnuts all the time. Not very accurate portrayal of us "big girls".

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  • Sarah St
  • 2019-05-21

basic sweet story

it was very cute. I appreciate that she didn't kill off ant characters like she has in the past. it was very sweet. but I didn't love most of the dialogue, it was often a bit too cheesy

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  • Elizabeth W
  • 2019-05-15

Fluffy but fun; annoying to listen to

This is a fun and fluffy story. While the main story line is fun, the main characters get to know and love two teenagers IMMEDIATELY and the girls are incredibly talented with professional flower arranging skills IMMEDIATELY; the teenager characters were just mono-dimensional and annoying. Granny Fanny Lou was also a caricature. But overall, I still thought it was a fun book. The performance though, was hard to take. The Texas accents were so pronounced that they seemed overdone. If this was made into a movie, it seems like it would be a Saturday morning cartoon.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-02

Don’t pay money for this book

This book was free so I decided to take a chance. It was terrible. The book is inconsistent and the author includes details that make no sense. Don’t waste your time on this title.

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  • KLM
  • 2019-05-01

Nice read

If you want a nice read (listen) without sex in detail this is the book for you. It basically is about large size women that are treated differently from school age to adulthood.

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  • Live to Read
  • 2019-04-29

This book is good for the soul of this transplanted Texan!


This book has made my day! It made me feel like I was back home in Texas. I could relate to the characters as I am no petite ninny either. Being tall and curvey has brought both admiration and snippy remarks. I have decked a few rude people and as I moved into adulthood learned the subtle art of catty remarks to verbally euthanize assholes. This is a must read that will have you crying and laughing. Read this book next!! Kudos to the author!!!!

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  • Mal
  • 2019-04-28

Sappy but good

I’m more of a mystery/thriller kind of reader and don’t usually go for sappy romance type stories, but, as far as that goes, this wasn’t bad. You could kind of “predict” what was going to happen; 3 woman, all licking their wounds from terriable love affairs or lack thereof and so on/ lots of cliches, ice tea and snacks.

Of course, things are tough for these three friends in the newly established custom bridal shop, but, they persevere and build the business.

So much detail is given to individuals and situations and side stories, then, at the end, it’s all wrapped up in less than 20 mins. Worth of story. I would have loved to know the outcome of some of the side characters whose stories were discussed in detail but then were forgotten.

The main 3 characters story plays like a big girls get even with the prom queen sequel. All the cutesy girls were evil wenches, and, the three plus/tall sizers were always in the right. They are all tall, some big and tall, beautiful and have long gorgeous hair. I can’t go further without spilling the beans.

It is super sugary sweet but I COULD NOT STOP LISTENING and rooting for the lead players to win. There are some interesting scenarios that develop and I’m glad I did get the book and gave it a chance. The narrator was fabulous and I recommend this book.

The only thing that left me hanging was the neat little ending that wrapped everything up in a gift box after most of the book being told in minute detail.

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  • Mellie
  • 2019-09-11

Sweet story!

A very sweet romance - friends and love! Mitzi, Paula and Jody all find their true loves.