The Friday Night Date Dress


She sews runway masterpieces . . . but who will mend her damaged heart?

Tragic loss has made Melinda Myers invisible. She hides as a nondescript waitress at an average diner during the day. But each night, she sews runway masterpieces that she wears only once before putting them into a box forever.

Peter Surati, an aspiring Asian Indian photographer, can’t help but notice beautiful, sad Melinda. He makes it his mission to help her find her smile again. But can he find a way to mend her damaged heart?

The Friday Night Date Dress is an inspirational novella about hope, healing, and love.

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Release date: June 26, 2015
Publisher: My Secret Wish Publishing
ISBN (print): 978-0-9947364-0-6
ISBN (ebook): 978-0-9947364-1-3
Genre: Inspirational Romance

About the Author:


Talena Winters loves tea, travel, music, whole food, sewing, knitting, reading, and chocolate. Besides fiction, she also writes a blog, knitting patterns, freelance articles, and musical theatre (among other genres of music). She currently resides on an acreage in the Peace Country of northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, three surviving boys, a Golden Retriever named Sunshine, and an assortment of farm cats and chickens. She would love to be a mermaid when she grows up. 

Praise for The Friday Night Date Dress:

"What a wonderful story, beautiful writing, and intricate plot line. I love your book!!" - Lora Doncea, editor

"Thank you for writing such an easy and captivating read - I TRULY enjoyed it!" - A. Rosendahl

"I thoroughly enjoyed your story. It was the perfect vacation take-along." - C. Corcoran

"Talena Winters writes with an easy style that draws you into this book. The characters are believable, the story enjoyable, yet thought provoking, as the heroine deals with the grief of her loss. I found the cross culture element in the story intriguing, and of course the hero very charming. A well written story, I highly recommend." - RB, from review

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I found myself taking a few minutes (or more!) during the day to read 'just one more page' -not a usual occurrence for me, so easily finished the novella in a couple days. This would be the perfect book to read at the beach or for a road trip. I'll be watching for the next one! " - FerrisFam, from review

"The Friday Night Date Dress is an interesting inspirational romance. The story deals with the topic of grief and how the main character deals with it. In spite of the overwhelming grief that paralyzes her life, Melinda copes by using her creativity as an outlet. Although she is dealing with loss in her life, the tone of the book is hopeful not gloomy. The story moves along quickly and draws you into the characters' lives. I recommend the book to anyone who wants to read a good story that leaves them feeling hopeful about life." - Richard Lawry, from review


Quotes from the book:

"One way or another, she would be in the magazine. She just didn't know it yet."

"It took only a stuttering heartbeat to realize he actually recognized the enchanting woman behind the glass."

"She hated lying to him, but the lie was the only thing protecting him. Protecting herself."

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Musical Inspirations:

I reference several songs in the book, but the one that is most meaningful for the story doesn't show up until the last chapter. Maahi ve means "beloved" in Hindi. This English translation captures the nuances of the words.

If a book could have credits, this is the song I would choose to play beneath them. :-)

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