As a fan of the previous two books , when I learnt that Book #3 was being released I knew I just had to read it and I would enjoy it. In Book #3 Carly is getting married to Devon at the Tanglewood Inn where Emma will be baking the Cake and Sherrilyn is the Wedding Planner so all that is missing now is the Wedding Dress Designer - Enter in Carly's best childhood friend Audrey. The pair's friendship is the same as we discovered between Sherrilyn and Emma in Book #2. Audrey, ready to make her friend's dress is worried that this may be her very last Wedding as the funds she recieved 27months ago when her Grandma Beatrice passed away has run dry. What Audrey needs to get back on top is to land the account of creating hotel heiress Kim's wedding dress but it seems that Kim has other ideas and Audrey is up against Wes who is one of the world's top dress designers. Can Audrey compete or is this goodbye to her career ?
As a familiar theme in the trilogy , all three girls do not plan to fall in love and become brides of their own but alas fate has another plan for them as for J.R - Devon's brother it seems he has fallen head over heels with a case of love at first sight for Audrey who we learm resembles somewhat of singer Gwen Stefani. Does Audrey feel the same or will this begin as a unrequited love tale ?
With the help of Tanglewood Inn , will Audrey's dreams come true or will she be offered a second chance at life and achieving them with Emma Rae and Sherrilyn's help ?
Another great installment and I look forward to reading other novels that Sandra may write our way.
Audrey grew up in Atlanta, but for years, she has tried to make it in New York as a wedding dress designer, designing individual wedding gowns. She is at the end of her inheritance and her luck. Now, she has to go back to Atlanta to see her best friend married in one of her gowns. While she is there, her world turns upside down both with her business and her love life, and new opportunities opening up all around.
This is definitely fun, clean, chick lit. The characters are people you would like to have as your circle of friends, and the southern, down home feel of the culture is as inviting as Paula Dean. Bricker uses great comparisons, adding to the rich southern texture of the book making it an above average romance. Good clean fun, and something you might want to pick up to spend a few hours at a relaxing diversion.
Two years and three months ago, Audrey Regan left Atlanta for New York, hoping to make a name for herself as a wedding dress designer, but Audrey is in desperate need of a career break to keep her dream alive. She is now on her way back to Atlanta, to the Tanglewood Inn, where she will be acting as chief bridesmaid for her childhood best friend, Carly, whose dress she also designed. With Audrey is Kat, her assistant, and she meets all the characters from Sandra Bricker's two previous Wedding novels, including J.R., the handsome Harley-riding brother of Carly's new husband. But J.R. has a wanderlust that means he never stays long in any one place, which does not make him the ideal candidate for a relationship no matter what sparks there are between him and Audrey.
I have to admit that I got a bit confused with all the characters and their relationships once Audrey arrived in Atlanta, but once I got all the characters straight in my mind, I found Always the Designer to be an enjoyable novel, funny and heart-warming with likeable characters, with a sweet romance and without the bittersweet aspect of Always the Wedding Planner. I particularly liked Russell, the Australian movie star, who provided comic relief on the side. While this was a good read, it was not particularly memorable, but those who read and enjoyed the first two books in the series will no doubt want to read this to find out how the characters are progressing. The final book in the series is due to be published later in 2012.
Thanks to Abingdon Press and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
When Audrey leaves New York, wondering if her career as a wedding dress designer is over, she never expected to meet the man of her dreams or be so welcomed into the "family" at the Tanglewood. I couldn't put it down, just like a mystery or thriller, I just had to know what happened to Audrey. Many plot twists later, I was pleased with the end result.
This book may be one of the most pleasant surprises I have read in awhile. Once I picked it up I was so drawn into the characters that I couldn't put it down. It isn't a mystery or suspense, it's not like I was trying to figure out whodunit, I just had to find out what was going to happen in the lives of these great characters. I also have to point out that I have not read the other books in this series and it didn't hold me back at all, but now I can't wait to go back and read them now so I can revisit these characters. Sandra has created an incredible cast and a setting that brings them all together with the Tanglewood Inn. What I expected to be a simple, fun chick lit turned out to be a character feast that I couldn't read fast enough!