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Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride: An Emma Rae Creation [Kindle Edition]

Sandra D. Bricker
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As a wedding planner, Sherilyn Caine should have the perfect wedding experience...

After all, she just landed her dream job at the wedding destination hotel, The Tanglewood. The rest should be a piece of cake for Sherilyn's Type A personality.


But while everything else goes smoothly, her own wedding plans start to sink right before her eyes. One way or the other, Sherilyn is determined to make this wedding work—until the latest development threatens to call the whole thing off. Is it possible that Sherilyn is allergic to her fiancé?

"What a fun read! This is perfect to take with you to the beach or to sit by a fire, although people will be looking at you strangely as you laugh and nod at all the problems Sherilyn has to face. And the recipes are to die for! Anyone who has been to a wedding will love the humor and romance in this book!" - Camy Tang, author of The Sushi Series and Protection for Hire 

"You’ll want to say 'I do' to this delightful story filled with fun, romance, memorable characters, and all the charm of the South." -  Jenny B. Jones, award-winning author of Save the Date and A Charmed Life Series 

"This book will make you want to check into The Tanglewood Inn for a nice long stay! Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride is filled with friendship and romance and Sandra D. Bricker’s trademark wit and warmth. I want to hang out with these women! Bricker’s novels are like a fun visit with your best friend!" -  Judy Christie, author of Hurry Less, Worry Less and fiction titles, including The Glory of Green, Book #3 in The Green Series 

"I didn’t think Sandra D. Bricker could write another story in this series to outdo Always the Baker, Never the Bride. I was wrong. With her gift for natural, sparkling dialogue and her ability to throw believable, tension-causing conflicts into the path of our heroine, Sherilyn, Bricker has written another winner in Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride. While it was wonderful revisiting characters from the first book, new lovebirds Sherilyn and Andy stole my heart and awakened my empathy as soon as I met them. Before you start reading the book, you might need to check your own planner—it’s hard to set it down once you dive in!" - Trish Perry, author of The Tea Shop Series, including Perfect Blend and Tea for Two

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1837 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (Oct. 1 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061QGM7M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #384,006 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun Nov. 13 2011
Sherilyn Caine is a wedding planner at The Tanglewood, a cool wedding destination hotel in Atlanta, but she's so busy putting together other brides' big days that she's not quite getting her own planned.

Of course it doesn't help that her perfect wedding dress has gone missing. Twice. Or that she might be allergic to her fiance. Or that she wishes she could drop a few pounds before her big day.

This isn't a typical romance in formula. Sherilyn and Andy are already engaged when the story opens and have just moved from Chicago to Andy's hometown of Atlanta for great new jobs for each of them, Andy's in a sports medicine clinic, and Sherilyn's at The Tanglewood with her college friend, Emma Rae (delightful diabetic heroine of the first book in the series, Always the Baker, Never the Bride). Best of all? You don't need to have read Baker to enjoy Wedding Planner, but you'll want to!

As with any story by Bricker, Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride is a barrel of snickers from beginning to end. This is one of my go-to authors for a light read with satisfying depth.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Bittersweet sequel to Always the Baker, Never the Bride Dec 19 2011
By Iola - Published on
Wedding planner Sherilyn Keyes has left Chicago behind to marry Andrew Drummond IV, an Atlanta native with a family name that tops all the social registers. She joins Emma, her old college roommate and baker, in working at the Tanglewood Inn, a destination wedding hotel. But Sherilyn faces a series of challenges to her relationship and her faith as she and Andrew settle into their new jobs and begin planning their own wedding.

This is the second book in Sandra Bricker's Never the bride series, following Always the Baker, Never the Bride (which I found to be a sweet love story, if you will excuse the pun). The final two titles in the series will apparently be Always the Designer, Never the Bride and Always the Baker, Finally the Bride. Always the Wedding Planner was enjoyable, with moments of humour, but overall I found it bittersweet - there just seemed to be a sadness about it that was not present in Always the Baker, which I enjoyed much more.

Some of what I found funny might have been unintentional. For example, at one point in the story, Emma bakes a new desert. She says, "it's called Pavlova. It's an Australian dessert that Russell told me about". Hmmm. The actual origin of Pavlova is the source of much trans-Tasman rivalry, and we in New Zealand don't exactly agree with this interpretation. The e-book I reviewed had a few entertaining but slightly distracting typographical errors (the song title `Waltzing With Matilda', a reference to an `empire waste' dress), but these will hopefully be fixed in the final print version.

Overall, this was good but not great. However, I often find the second book in a series is the weakest, so I will probably read the next book, if only to find out how the characters are moving on in their lives.

Thanks to Abingdon Press and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really cute! Feb. 3 2012
By Linda M - Published on
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This is the second book I've read by Sandra D. Bricker (read "Always the Baker, Never the Bride" as well). Both were really cute and clean. I appreciate that! Both are Christian books, so religion, prayer, church, etc., are woven throughout. These are not super heavy-duty stories, they are light, clean and fun. I love the books put out by Abingdon Press and try to snag them up whenever I can!
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3/5 on Books to the Sky Oct. 18 2011
By Kaitlin S. - Published on
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Honestly, this book was a little too religious for me. There was a lot of praying and references to God. They even went to Andy's massive childhood church. There were others, but I don't want to give anything away with too much detail. I'm sure the first book was like this too but it had been a little while since I've read it.)

Underneath all of that though, it was a cute love story. They had their ups and downs just like everyone. I was unsure why they brought in Russell Walker in for awhile (actually I'm still kind of not sure). I thought they were throwing a wrench into the Sherilyn and Andy relationship. That ended up happening, but they didn't use Russell They ended up bring back exes of both Sherilyn and Andy.

There's a major "twist" to the whole story about Sherilyn. Emma briefly mentions something that Sherilyn did years ago that gave her awful karma, but Sherilyn always stopped her before any details were shared. At the end you find out what her deep dark secret is. I had a hunch from the beginning and I ended up being right.

There were a lot of current references that threw me off. Like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. They were a bit unnecessary, in my opinion.

All in all I enjoyed the book. I won't read it again, but I'll more than likely ending up reading her next books to find out what happens to everyone in the story line. I've really come to enjoy all the characters.

(I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rich, Beautiful Atlanta Residents Have Perfect Lives July 5 2012
By myrtleturtle - Published on
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.... Should be the title of this book. Nothing happens! The book avoids any real conflict or even tension. There is plenty of potential-- disagreement with the groom's mother, what appears to be someone sabotaging the wedding plans, the sudden appearance of a famous actor-- but nothing comes of any of it. I thought when they introduced Russell that he would be a temptation to Sherilyn, but no, nothing happens. There is even a serious problem from the past that shows up at the end, but like every other "conflict" in the book, it's resolved in a couple of pages. The characters are bland, the story is bland, the climax is bland. Other reviewers have noted that Christianity plays a large role, but I found that even that aspect of it was bland: "God must have wanted to you to wear this wedding dress." Yeah, and God must have also wanted you to blow a small fortune on dresses that could have gone to help people in need. If you like very escapist romances where you can picture yourself in a life of luxury and beautiful people, then this is the right book for you. If you like books that are interesting, read something else. Anything else.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boooring May 13 2012
By G. Chacin - Published on
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I found "Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride" so boring and predictable is not even funny. I'm glad I didn't spend a penny on it. I kept waiting for "something to happen" but never did. I found it superficial and just tries too hard.
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