Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Giggle Worthy Delight ~ Always the Designer, Never the Bride by Sandra D. Bricker ~ Review

There is something about the “Emma Rae” collection of fiction novels that makes me smile, giggle and upon the close of that last page, give just a tiny sigh delight and comfort…like enjoying a yummy plate of your favorite desert. Decadent, with just the right amount of fluff and sweet.

            Oh there isn’t much to worry about, but having an old fashioned good time with this latest installment in the Emma Rae collection. Audrey is such a loveable, quirky character and one that you just can’t help but cheer for. A totally loveable ensemble of characters, including a little girl in pink cowgirl books put a smile on my face and joy in the moment spent reading their story.

            I would definitely advise the reader to pick up the previous two novels in this collection. Just as much a hoot (though the first remains my fav), you will be better able to track the large ensemble cast. There were times I thought the cast a bit too large, but as the book continued, I separated them better.

            More than one yummy kiss, some tasty entrees, gorgeous wedding gowns and a quirky, light read, it’s a chick lit/romantic comedy I’d definitely point readers toward.

            This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through CFBA for my copy to review.

More about the novel and author...

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Always The Designer, Never The Bride
Abingdon Press (April 2012)
Sandra D. Bricker


For more than a decade, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles. While honing her chosen craft of screenwriting in every spare moment, she worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television's hottest stars. When her mother became ill in Florida, she walked away from that segment of her life and moved across the country to take on a new role: Caregiver.

The Big 5-OH! was released by Abingdon Press in the Spring of 2010, and the novel was very well-received, garnering a couple of nibbles from Hollywood.

Always the Baker, Never the Bride was released by Abingdon Press in September 2010. With its phenomenal reviews, the novel spawned a series of three more books based on the popular cast of characters at The Tanglewood Inn, a wedding destination hotel in historic Roswell, Georgia. The series cemented Sandie's spot in publishing as a flagship author of Laugh-Out-Loud romantic comedy for the inspirational market.

"Being allowed to combine my faith and my humor with my writing dream," says Bricker, "well, that's the best of all worlds, as far as I'm concerned!"


It’s taken Audrey Regan years to establish herself as a wedding dress designer, and to date she’s been roped into creating dresses for nine of her girlfriends. Request #10 follows her vow to “Just say no!” and comes from her very best friend. She can hardly turn Carly down!

Audrey arrives in Atlanta early to perform all of her maid-of-honor duties along with final fittings for a one-of-a-kind dress. But Carly’s wedding is nothing short of an event, complete with Prince Charming, and the festivities make Audrey question whether there’s a prince of her own anywhere in her future.

Enter the groom’s brother and best man. Shaggy-haired, tattooed bad boy J.R. Hunt couldn’t be any more different from Prince Charming if he rode in on a Harley Davidson. Oh, wait. He actually did ride in on a Harley!

If you would like to read an excerpt of the first chapter of Always The Designer, Never The Bride, go HERE.


  1. Great review, Casey! I have all three of this series on my Kindle (got each one for free!). I'm glad to know you enjoyed them, and I look forward to reading them, too. :)

    1. The first one was my FAVORITE, I dare you not to laugh at Emma when she drives. ;-) But this one was also a delight to read. I think there might be a book 4, hope so!

  2. I think I will start reading these books. I love an author who can make me laugh and engage me, and your review has promised me just that. Thank you for this.

    1. I certainly thought so! The other great author to read is Janice Thompson and her Weddings by Bella series. THAT was a ROFLOL series. One of my favorites!! :D

  3. "Being allowed to combine my faith and my humor with my writing dream," says Bricker, "well, that's the best of all worlds, as far as I'm concerned!"
    I love what Sandie said -- because that's what makes a Sandie Bricker book a Sandie Bricker book!

    1. I agree with you Beth! Completely true and 100% motivating for the up and coming writer. :)

  4. Faith and funny together - such a great combo! Looking forward to reading this one - I think I got it free on my Kindle. :)

    1. Oh it is! I love a sweet, light read. Makes the whole day brighter just looking forward to it. :)

  5. Nice review, Casey! I love how dedicated you are to reading and reviewing.

    I see you have an "I wrote: The End" award. Great job!!! Do you have a new WIP?

    Aloha! --Cheryl

    1. I couldn't live without my books. So it's great I get them to review. ;-))

      Thanks! That was my fourth book to finish and I'm editing that one now. I've got a story idea I'm sooo excited about in the plotting stages right now. I love it! ;-)

      And your neck of the woods? You're closing in on a release, aren't you??

  6. Another author I haven't tried! Gotta jump on the bandwagon!


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