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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.