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Always the Designer, Never the Bride - eBook
Abingdon Press / 2012 / ePub
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No matter how busy she is, dress designer Audrey Regan can't say no to her friend Carly when she asks her to be maid of honor---and create the perfect wedding dress. Carly's nuptials promise to be the event of the year. Then the groom's best man---tattooed biker J.R. Hunt---walks in and turns Audrey's world upside 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 Carlys wedding is nothing short of an event, complete with Prince Charming, and the festivities make Audrey question whether theres a prince of her own anywhere in her future.
Enter the grooms brother and best man. Shaggy-haired, tattooed bad boy J.R. Hunt couldnt 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!
"Sandra D. Bricker is the Babe Ruth of romantic comedy with one home run after another! Third in the hilarious series, I didn't want Always the Designer, Never the Bride to end. I'm anxiously waiting for the next book in this series. Novel Rocket and I give Always the Designer, Never the Bride our highest recommendation. It's a 5-star read!" - Ane Mulligan, Sr. Editor Novel Rocket
"Sandie Bricker's latest romance is as beautifully woven as a haute couture gown. Always the Designer, Never the Bride offers readers a fun and engaging storyline, along with some sparkling embellishments, including an array of bridal design tidbits, guaranteed to have you reaching for your needle and thread. Highly recommended!" - Janice Thompson, author of the Weddings by Bella series
"Always the Designer Never the Bride shows yet another angle of the journey from 'I think I love you' to 'I do' and all the side adventures that keep her readers begging, 'Tell me another story!'" Cynthia Ruchti, radio personality and novelist, author of the Carol Award finalist They Almost Always Come Home
"Sandra Bricker has done it again! Like every book in this series, Always the Designer, Never the Bride made me laugh, made me sigh, made me root for the heroine, and made me cry. When I reached the last page, I didn't know whether to whimper because I had to leave Audrey and J.R. behind...or exhale that sigh of satisfaction bornof reading a truly wonderful story. No way I'm loaning this one out, because
For more than a decade, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles and, while writing in every spare moment, worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television's hottest stars. Since then she has moved to Wesley Chapel, Florida, and has written three novels for middle-grade readers and several romance novels, including unWANTED: Husband, Change of Heart, Sins of the Past, Wish I Weren't Here, Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas and The Big 5-0h! Visit Sandra at SandraDBricker.com or SandraDBricker.blogspot.com.
The third book in the Emma Rae Creation series, Always the Designer Never the Bride, provides a well written, refreshing romance that manages to skip some of the over used cliches found in Christian romance. It also includes cute advice for brides and recipes for sweets between each chapter. While it remains a romance in its truest form, Sandra D. Bricker's book is fresh in that it isn't overly Christian and in that its character chemistry is realistic and doesn't unravel too quickly. While the concept may remind readers of movies like The Wedding Planner, the plot of Always the Designer Never the Bride finds its own unique road to take readers down.
Audrey Regan's wedding dress design career seems to be going down the drain. She doesn't like the city she lives in, and the only clients she can seem to hold onto are her friends. But when she goes home to Atlanta to help with her best friend Carly's wedding dress and the stress begins to build, a new line of opportunities come her way, including the opportunity to fall in love with a fun loving man with a tattoo and a motorcycle. What starts off as a much needed, random night on the town turns into a developing, complicated romance between the two. But Audrey isn't sure if she's ready for a relationship, and J.R. lives most of his life on the road. How can their two lifestyles become compatible enough for a lasting relationship? Especially when everyone around them seems to be coupling up?
Readers of the modern economy will relate to Audrey's struggle to pay bills and stay in business, and Christians will find comfort in the Lords providence for this lovable character. This story lacks true moral conviction, however. It focuses on making character believable, rather than making them strong Christians who recall Scripture every time trouble comes along. While Audrey's friends are made out as genuine Christians a few times throughout the book (using instances of prayer and such), Bricker does not make it clear whether or not Audrey is a Christian. Audrey refers to the Bible in her hotel room at one point, reading Isaiah 44:11, which says, "O, you afflicted one, tossed with tempest, and not comforted. Behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems, and lay your foundations with sapphires." Audrey says a quick prayer based on the verse and its encouragement, but is later embarrassed to mention it to her friends, and when things start to look up for her, she doesnt credit her happiness to God.
The lack of preaching does not inhibit the story, though. Bricker gives the reader a great, relatable, well paced story that any fiction reader is bound to enjoy. Harmony Wheeler, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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