Book Review

We’ve read A Puff of Silk by Kathleen Shoop – and here are our thoughts



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?

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“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

Our Thoughts

This was a quick read – it’s a novella so it’s only 158 pages – but it is a great intro to what could be a new, fun series by Author Kathleen Shoop.
Amelia has had her entire life crash & burn – her reputation, her career, her love life & her home have all been taken from her, just because of one dress. Well, when that dress happens to be on a very popular socialite who is known by all, it’s no wonder everything crumbles like the dress she designed. She runs home to lick her wounds and recover what she can. She is quickly thrust into a chance that could change her life back to the way it was. With help from her Gram, she realizes that her life is not over; and that family can help us get through anything.

This is a quick read – and if you are like me and have not read a book by Kathleen Shoop then it will give you a peek into her writing style. he writes a heroine that is strong, determined, and independent; the kind of character that most of us women aspire to be like. This book focuses on the relationship between the heroine & her grandmother; I loved following these two as they reconnected after so long apart. Also, the author hints at a potential suitor for Amelia but it is not the forefront of the story. I can’t wait to see what else comes to be for Amelia & Gram – and their boutique. Overall I give it 4 stars!

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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