Rarely do I find myself challenged when I read a contemporary fiction book, but The Dream Dress by Janice Thompson challenged me to consider how I define success.
I looked forward to reading The Dream Dress from the moment I saw it was being released. I know I’m in for an enjoyable read whenever I pick up a book from Janice Thompson, and The Dream Dress did not disappoint, but this was the first book from Janice Thompson that really spoke to my heart as well.
This conversation taken from pages 196-197 really spoke to me:
Gabi: “I want that. I want to be successful…”
Bella: “When then, define success. [What do you want?]… Lots of money? Material possessions? Or do you really just want to get to do the one thing you love surrounded by people you love?”
Gabi: “That’s it… I want to do what I love. And having the people I love… all cheering me on.”
Bella: “Then ask God for that. But still be prepared to work hard. It doesn’t get any easier, no matter how long you’re at it. And remember that true success isn’t about how much you earn in a year or how many times you get [an accolade]. It’s measured in the heart. In the soul, really.”
As a work-from-home, homeschooling wife and mom, I often have to define “success” for my business. Is success making lots of money regardless of the amount of time I have to spend on the computer while ignoring my family? Is success spending lots of time playing with my kids while letting deadlines and opportunities for making money slip by?
For me, success is finding a way to care for and enjoy my family while also expending my energies doing what I love – building my business helping others and having a creative outlet through blogging and other social media pursuits. It’s because of these pursuits that I am able to financially afford to be able to stay home with my kids, homeschooling them.
How do YOU define success?
About the Book [from the publisher]:
Big dreams take big leaps of faith . . . but what if you trip on the way?
A lowly seamstress at a swanky bridal boutique, Gabi Delgado dreams of doing more than ripping out seams and fitting dresses to doe-eyed brides. She wants to see her own original dress designs gracing the young women of Texas. But when Jordan Singer, reporter for Texas Bride magazine, visits the shop to do a feature, Gabi is humbled in his influential–and unnervingly handsome–presence.
Convinced she’ll never get her dreams off the ground now, Gabi needs lots of encouragement–especially from her friend Bella Neeley–to take a chance and start her business. And as she gets to know Jordan, she discovers that she may have to take a chance on love as well.
Once again, Janice Thompson has hit a home run in the Weddings by Design series. The Dream Dress is full of hilarious one-liners, while pulling at the readers’ heartstrings. The romance is pure, and the characters are connectable.
I highly recommend adding The Dream Dress to your bookshelf!
I give The Dream Dress five stars.
[Disclosure: I received a free copy of The Dream Dress courtesy of Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review. You can pick up a copy at your favorite bookseller.]