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). 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. Also, the e-book I reviewed had a few entertaining buy slightly distracting typographical errors (the song title â€˜Waltzing With Matilda', a reference to an â€˜empire waste' dress), but these will hopefully be fixed in the final print version.
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.
The second book in the Emma Rae Creation series, Always the Wedding Planner Never the Bride is a book for any girl. If you are looking for a book full of humor, pick up this book. I found myself laughing and enjoying the romance that filled these pages. It's also full of wedding tips and recipes. I definitely want to try a few o the recipes that are included. They just sounded good!
Sherilyn is a wedding planner who is engaged to a man that she's only known for a few months. They move to Atlanta where Andy works at a sports medicine hospital and Sherilyn takes the job as a wedding planner where she is helping everyone else but herself plan their weddings. Her mother-in-law doesn't like her and she has trouble with her wedding dress. Oh, and did she just happen to not inform Andy of her past? How will Andy's ex-girlfriend respond when she finds out that Andy is back in Atlanta for good?
I'm going to have to check out the first one in the series now and am looking for the third book.
About the Book:
As a wedding planner, you'd think she would have the perfect wedding experience... Sherilyn Caine has left Chicago behind to marry Andrew Drummond IV, an Atlanta native with a family name that tops all the social registers. Landing the job as The Tanglewood's wedding planner is a piece of cake for someone with a Type A personality; she's the perfect fit for a wedding destination hotel known for its attention to even the tiniest details.
But when everything else is going along swimmingly, why are her own wedding plans drowning right before her eyes? One way or the other, Sherilyn is determined to make this wedding workâ€”until the latest development threatens to call the whole thing off. Is it possible that Sherilyn is allergic to her fiance? For more than a decade, Sandra D. Brickerlived 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 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 inSnowball, Arkansas and The Big 5-0h!. Visit Sandra on the web at www.sandradbricker.com.
I received this book free from NetGalley and from Abingdon Press Publishers in exchange for my review of this book.
Always the Wedding Planner Never the Bride had me laughing all the way through. I loved the first book in this series, Always the Baker Never the Bride, but this one is even better. Bricker is the Queen of quirky characters and doesn't disappoint in Always the Wedding Planner. The story took some interesting twists and turns I didn't see coming, and left me thoroughly delighted at the end. Novel Rocket and I give it our highest recommendation. If you like to laugh, it's a must read.