Dictatorship of the Dress by Jessica Topper

From the author of my best book choice of 2013, Louder Than Love, comes an all new story of learning to love, embrace, and let go. The past needs to be dealt with in order to learn how to live in the present.

Blown away: that’s what I was after reading. There is just that certain something Jessica Topper possesses that transforms her books into a memorable journey on the page. Once again, I am left pondering and rereading a story I hesitate to let go of.  

Laney Hudson is dragging her mother’s wedding dress across country in time for her wedding in Hawaii. It becomes more than a dress along the trip. It transforms into a metaphor for her life and the weight, baggage, and guilt Laney carries.

Noah Ridgewood is on his way to a bachelor party: his bachelor party, in Vegas. Finding himself at a real crossroads and rethinking his plans, he mistakenly judges the wedding dress-carrying woman across from him as just another bride-zilla on her way to make another man miserable.

A series of encounters in different airports, bad weather, and misunderstanding lead this unlikely pair to sharing a hotel room for the night. The freedom created by having a person to unload on has both Noah and Laney revealing bits and pieces of their past, and forming an understanding of self and each other neither has experienced before.

It’s a wonderful version of a story that has been done before, but with the talented Jessica Topper, it feels fresh and mature. I absolutely loved it!


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 From Jessica Topper, author of Louder than Love, comes the story of second chances, missed flights, and a woman ruled by her mother’s wedding dress.

As the dress-bearer for her mother’s wedding, comic book artist Laney Hudson has a lot more baggage than the bulky garment bag she’s lugging from New York to Hawaii. Laney is determined to prove she’s capable of doing something right, but running chores for her mom’s fairytale nuptials is proving to be a painfully constant reminder of her own lost love.

So when she’s mistaken for the bride and bumped up to first class, Laney figures some stress-free luxury is worth a harmless white lie. Until the flight crew thinks that the man sitting next to her is Laney’s groom, and her little fib turns into a hot mess.

The last thing Noah Ridgewood needs is some dress-obsessed diva landing in his first-class row. En route to his Vegas bachelor party, the straight-laced software designer knows his cold feet have nothing to do with the winter weather.

When a severe storm leaves them grounded in Chicago and they find themselves booked into the last available honeymoon suite, Laney and her in-flight neighbor have little choice but to get better acquainted. Now, as her bridal mission hangs in the balance, perhaps the thing Laney gets right is a second chance at love.


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