A Puff of Silk

Bridal Shop Series Book 1

Fiction - Womens
158 Pages
Reviewed on 11/05/2018
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

A Puff of Silk: Bridal Shop Series, Book 1 is a contemporary women’s fiction novel written by Kathleen Shoop. Getting the young and fidgety celebrity bride FiFi Herrera to the altar in grand style had been Amelia Pettipiece’s biggest and most challenging achievement as an up-and-coming New York City designer. She had focused all her skills on FiFi; her established clientele had all been willing to postpone their own orders while Amelia dressed FiFi for the last year’s award ceremonies, photo ops and other events. Now, FiFi was getting married, that is, if she could only decide on the right false eyelashes to wear. Amelia was particularly proud of the dress she had designed for FiFi’s walk down the aisle. Painstakingly pieced together with vintage lace and silk, and with gold threads shot through, it shimmered as Amelia adjusted the train while FiFi and her dad stood at the back of the church. Amelia’s dream creation quickly turned into a nightmarish reality, however, as she noticed the shreds of wedding gown still clinging to her hands. FiFi’s dress was disintegrating as she approached the altar, and Amelia’s reputation was shredding just as quickly.

I will confess to having some skepticism in trying a book that was part of a Bridal Shop series, but I soon discovered that my decision to try Kathleen Shoop’s A Puff of Silk was a brilliant move. I couldn’t help but get involved with Amelia’s plight as she watches that dress fall apart as FiFi approaches the altar. The scene has such marvelous comedic impact; one is both horror-stricken and full of sympathy but it’s still such a very funny scene. Amelia’s worst day, however, is doomed to get even worse -- one just knows it. That’s how quickly I was entranced with her story and eager to find out what happened next. 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. I’m looking forward to reading A Hint of Organza, the next book in Shoop’s Bridal Shop series. A Puff of Silk: Bridal Shop Series, Book 1 is most highly recommended.

Gisela Dixon

A Puff of Silk (Bridal Shop Series Book 1) by Kathleen Shoop is a women’s novel about a young woman named Amelia. At the beginning of the book, Amelia has everything going for her: a great career in fashion design, success and the money that comes with it, a stylish New York penthouse, and a boyfriend that she is in a serious relationship with. As her career and circle of social acquaintances increase, she gets an opportunity to create the wedding dress for the celebrity Fifi. On the day of the wedding though, disaster strikes in the form of the entire dress falling to pieces at the time of the wedding itself. Stunned at this, she soon after receives another shock when she catches her partner red-handed cheating on her with his secretary. Feeling devastated both personally and professionally, Amelia rushes back to her grandmother to take a break and figure her life out.

A Puff of Silk is a good story that depicts the life of a modern young woman living a fast-paced life that is typical of today’s world. What’s also typical are the inevitable ups and downs of relationships and dating in the modern world which forms a part of this novel too. Amelia’s character is well portrayed and her reactions and emotions seem realistic and grounded. I found myself rooting for her at various times and hoping that she is able to find peace again. I enjoyed reading about the different types of men she encounters as well as her evolving relationship with her grandmother. Overall, this is a good piece of women’s fiction.

Trudi LoPreto

Amelia had left her Gram and Eagle Bend, Pennsylvania behind as soon as she graduated college for the excitement of New York. Amelia was not disappointed in finding love, a very successful career as a dress designer and all of her dreams coming true. Sadly, this did not last forever for Amelia. The wedding gown she created for rich young FiFi turned into a nightmare of huge proportions when it slowly fell apart on the walk down the aisle. The relationship with Thorn, her handsome and rich boyfriend with whom she shared a penthouse apartment, also ended in disaster. Her only recourse was to leave New York behind and return to the loving arms of her Gram. Amelia quickly finds out that all is not as well with Gram as she had supposed, and that they needed a plan to help both of them get through the trouble spots. What will happen to Amelia? Will she find happiness and prosperity in Eagle Bend or will she return to her life in New York? You must read this story for yourself to get these answers and I promise you will not be disappointed!

A 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. Kathleen Shoop has written a fun, wonderful story with a purpose and a depth that kept me reading and liking Amelia and most of the other characters more and more. Shoop also included enough questions and twists to make the reader never be sure who was really on Amelia’s side and who she should be wary of. I highly recommend A Puff of Silk as it is an entertaining, enjoyable story.

Faridah Nassozi

In A Puff of Silk (Bridal Shop Series Book 1) by Kathleen Shoop, Amelia had already made a name in New York as a celebrity designer. However, watching FiFi walk down the aisle in the gown she had spent hundreds of hours making was supposed to be Amelia's career-crowning moment. Instead, she watched in horror as the gown fell apart right off the bride's body, leaving her half-naked in church. The only thing that kept Amelia sane through the nightmare was the thought of getting home to her boyfriend. The boyfriend was home all right, but with a nasty surprise. With both her business and personal life now in ruins, Amelia makes the decision to leave New York and all its mess behind and return home. Is this the end of life for her or could it be just the kick she needed to start afresh and find her right footing?

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. I cannot wait to read book 2 in the Bridal Shop Series. I am desperately eager to see the next part of Amelia's life. Crossing fingers that the next chapter of her life will be her best one yet.

Jane Finch

A Puff of Silk by Kathleen Shoop is Book One in the Bridal Shop series and introduces the reader to the talented Amelia Pettipiece who is a successful dress designer. Amelia lives in New York City with her boyfriend Thorn, and her clients are important and famous. She puts her clients on hold temporarily whilst she works on a wedding gown for FiFi Herrera, a very influential client. The success of this project could really help Amelia’s business to take off. However, when disaster strikes Amelia’s world crumbles around her. Thorn is not the man she thought he was, she loses her home, her business, and her reputation. She finds herself with nowhere to go except home to Pittsburgh, where her grandmother still runs a small boutique that has been in the family for years. But Amelia faces up to some harsh realities and she faces up to her mistakes of the past and tries to put things right.

This is a perfect novella to escape the busyness of the day and enter Amelia’s world. The author, Kathleen Shoop, has written a delightful story that sets the scene for the Bridal Shop series. The reader can really empathize with Amelia’s character, and really wants her to succeed as she tries to fix everything in her own life and that of her grandmother. The author also clearly has a good knowledge of fabrics, laces etc. to give authenticity to both Amelia and the world in which she works. Other characters are well developed and believable, especially Gram (her grandmother) who is a lovely character. The Bridal Shop series should appeal to many readers who would enjoy a nice, easy to read, good story that flows well and keeps their interest.