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 just 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.
Review Summary: This story was just FUN! The characters are a variety of personalities from the serious, but sometimes impulsive Audrey Regan to the charming and very quirky Aunt Sophie. The plot was enjoyable as well. Audrey Regan is trying to make it New York as a wedding dress designer, yet she's near the end of her money and her last hope is a high maintenance socialite. When she returns home for the wedding of her best friend, Carly more fun and fireworks when she runs into J.R. Holt, the brother of the groom, motorcycle riding, free spirit the sparks become to fly. The back drop for this story is once again the Tanglewood Inn the wedding destination for Atlanta. This is a feel good story with laughs and some serious moments as well.
Digging a Little Deeper: This is the third installment of the Emma Rae Creation Series. I read book one, but not book two. Picking up with book three was not a problem. You can start with book three and enjoy the story but it was definitely more enjoyable having some background on the characters.
There are a variety of characters in this story. I loved the interaction between characters. The girls and their slumber party was just fun and was a great reminder of the importance of friendships where one can laugh, cry, and pray others. Audrey was an interesting and sometimes unpredictable character. But the interaction between her and JR was also fun to watch. I love Aunt Sophie and her quirky ways. It is always fun how she is able to drop pearls of wisdom in the midst of her delusions.
As I've already mention this was a feel good story. There are plenty of laughs in this story but it's not all laughs. There are some very touching moments in this story.
I would recommend this story to anyone who is looking for a light read that has some laughs, then this is a book for you. Sandra Bricker's writing style is easy to follow.
Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher but was under no obligation to give anything but my honest review.
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!
I really, really enjoyed this book! It was a cute, fast and fun read. The characters were interesting and I wanted to keep reading more about them. I have not read the first two books in this series but it didn't stop me from loving this book and getting to know the characters.
I appreciated the friendships and the relationships in this book. Their willingness to help each other, to cry with each other, to laugh with each other and support each other is a great model for all of us. I also loved how simply the author wove in how these young adults were living out their walks with God and striving to apply His word to their daily lives.
Sandra Bricker is a new author for me and I would love to read more of her books!
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. Bricker makes her characters your best friends and you want to keep hanging out with them. She doesn't take her readers down totally predictable paths in the story, and Always the Designer follows that tradition. Up to the last page, I wasn't sure what she would do with Audrey and J.R. 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!