Blue Heart Blessed introduces us to Daisy Murien who, after being jilted at the altar, opens a wedding boutique that specializes in secondhand wedding dresses – starting with her own. And yet, though the sight of it brings her heartache, she can’t quite let go of her own gown – not even when she has the perfect buyer for it. While trying to make sense of this, a dear friend – the Episcopal priest who blesses the blue satin hearts Daisy weaves into the lining of each dress – becomes ill. When his recently divorced son tries to take him away, Daisy’s wounded heart at last throbs back to life. And finally she understands that the reason she cannot let go of her own wedding dress is because she hasn’t quite given up on love.
Meissner’s prose is (as usual) clean and clear. I found her protagonist agreeable company, easy-to-relate-to despite – or perhaps because of – her flaws. I liked Meissner’s device of using her protagonist’s advice-wielding alter-ego, Harriet, to reveal the inner workings of her heart. I liked the symbolism of the blue heart that Daisy sews into each second-hand wedding dress. And finally, I liked the reason Daisy is finally able to sell her own gown.
In Blue Heart Blessed, Meissner offers a romance delivered in her trademark style: without frills, but a sweet story, well-told.