“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...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“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 work—until the latest development threatens to call the whole thing off. Is it possible that Sherilyn is allergic to her fianc”LaVerne L wrote this review Tuesday, February 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Romantic brilliance! I'm in love with romance because of these books...”Hephzibah Louise R wrote this review Friday, December 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“320pgs, As a wedding planner, Sherilyn Caine should have the perfect wedding experience...
After all, she just landed her dream job at the wedding destination hotel, The Tanglewood. The rest should be a piece of cake for Sherilyn's Type A personality.
But while everything else goes smoothly, her own wedding plans start to sink right before her eyes. One way or the other, Sherilyn is determined to make this wedding work—until the latest development threatens to call the whole thing off. Is it possible that Sherilyn is allergic to her fiancé?
“This is the second in a series of what I am affectionately calling "Always the (fill in the blank here), Never the Bride" by Sandra D. Bricker. This time around we meet Sherilyn Caine who has just landed the perfect fiance and the dream job of a lifetime.
Anyway, the soon to be Mr. & Mrs. Deliriously Happy are on the way back to Atlanta and Sherilyn is headed to The Tanglewood Inn to start her new job. Good thing she is friends with Emma because she's going to need her as she settles into her new life and everything else that is about to happen. Sherilyn is going to need a lot of help as she is about to have a whole lot come crashing down in her lap. And I do mean "crashing" down into her lap. (Note: This is a hint! :-) )
Ms. Bricker is learning to mix an eclectic set of characters and weave in an interesting scenario to capture the reader's and make them want to read more and more. Take a newly happy couple, a set of sisters, and a beautiful inn, add one new wedding planner, three wedding dresses, a resigned future bride-to-be with an over-bearing and controlling mother-in-law, and a quirky yet lovable dog that nobody wants. Mix in an Actor who needs a wee bit of help with the bottle and you get Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride.
Ms. Bricker has done a marvelous job adding some very funny moments in the story, while keeping others quite poignant. Again, remember this is a Christian-based romance, so you won't see a lot of the traditional intimate "couple scenes", but you do get a wonderful flavor for what it is like to be a wedding by the added extras after each chapter. I really enjoyed this part most of all. Makes the book seem more realistic and for those reading it who really are planning their weddings, there are some wonderful tips to follow. ”
“Second in a series about the Tanglewood Inn, a wedding location.”Karina W wrote this review Thursday, August 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“3.5”LaLa wrote this review Friday, July 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good”Tina Selig wrote this review Friday, July 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Always the Baker, Never the Bride - Abingdon Press, 2010
Meet Emma. Recipient of the Passionate Palate Award for her six-tiered, 24-layer crème brulee wedding cake.
Her fame brought her from the Backstreet Bakery to the exclusive and plush Tanglewood Inn, a luxury hotel revolving around weddings. Tanglewood was purchased and remodeled by her boss, Jackson, to fulfill the dreams of his late wife.
Jackson needed help, and his three sisters pop around everywhere steering him in the right direction—often implementing Emma’s unique ideas, and trying to keep peace with the talented but grumpy restaurant chef, Anton Morelli.
Had Jackson’s thoughts not revolved around his deceased wife, he might have been hooked the first time he tasted Emma’s brownies. But Jackson noticed only the irritants in life, not the pleasures.
Emma’s skills and beauty are recognized by an old boyfriend and even the owner of a string of bakeries in France. Yet, despite Emma’s creativity with baking and sculpting beautiful one-of-a kind wedding cakes, Emma is always the baker, and never the bride until….
But that’s the story Sandra D. Bricker expertly crafts around Emma’s diabetes, talents and frustrations. Add to the mix her ever dueling parents.
To top off a great story, the author reveals secrets of making wedding cakes and even includes recipes, menus, tips for high tea and entertaining.
Humor is sprinkled throughout, along with some expert writing. One phrase I liked was, “That tux is lucky to be wearing you.” Here’s another: “His sister reminded her of a street sweeper, albeit a very well-dressed one, as she made contact with every guest along the way.”
This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I highly recommend it.
“Good book that had all the same characters as the first book in the series, plus some new ones. Overall good book”Alyssa wrote this review Tuesday, May 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No