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May 03 2013 @ 02:30 pm
Tanglewood Series Books 1-3 by Sandra D. Bricker  
Always the Baker, Never the Bride Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride Always the Designer, Never the Bride
308pgs 338pgs 322pgs
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Series: Tanglewood or Emma Rae Creations, 1-3
Author: Sandra D. Bricker
Rating: - all books

Book Description:
Always the Baker, Never the Bride
Thirty-six-year-old Emma Rae Travis has been baking specialty cakes and melt-in-your-mouth pastries at The Backstreet Bakery in historic Roswell, just outside of Atlanta, for the last six years. But here s the rub about her job as a baker Emma is diabetic. When she tastes her creations, it can only be in the most minute portions. Emma is considered an artisan for the stunning creme brulee wedding cake that won her the Passionate Palette Award last year, but she s never even had one full slice of it. When Jackson Drake hears about this local baker who has won a prestigious award for her wedding cake artistry, he tells his assistant to be sure and include her in the pastry tastings scheduled at his new wedding destination hotel the following week. And for Jackson, that particular day has started out badly with two workmen trapped in a broken elevator and a delivery of several dozen 300-thread-count bed linens in the wrong size abandoned in the lobby. But when the arrogant baker he met a week prior in Roswell stumbles into the dining room with a platter of pastries and a bucketful of orders, he knows for certain: It s going to be a really rotten day. Can these two ill-suited players master the high-wire act and make a go of their new business venture? Or will they take each other crashing downward, without a net? And will the surprise wedding at The Tanglewood be theirs?

Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride
As a wedding planner, you'd thinkshe would have the perfect wedding experience...

SherilynCaine 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 fiance?

Always the Designer, Never the Bride
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!

What did you think of the book? (Why this book?, New Author? Read more by author? Keeping? Thoughts on Hero? Heroine?)
Overall a great series with great characters and wonderful writing. My favorite aspects of each story are the great friendship and overwhelming support. The romances are simple yet touching, fun and flirty.

Always the Baker, Never the Bride
Loved this book. It definitely comes from a Christian perspective and I love how God does play a role in the story.

The character of Jackson is really well thought out. You did feel his dilemma when it came to falling in love again after the death of his wife.

Emma was an interesting character and her choice of professions even with her health issue was rather bold, but I liked that diabetes didn't stop her from following her dream.

Probably the thing I liked the most about this book was that both Jackson and Emma had strayed from God a bit and then realized that God was there and that they needed Him more than they thought. With that realization and lot of positive things came about.

I would say though that one truly miraculous part was Emma's parents. They have a very complicated relationship but upon really taking stock they see there issues and there is healing for even them.

Also the character of Pearl introduces the idea of After Care. It is the stage a man goes through after a major change. It is what explains them not calling right away after a first date. Pearl tells us they realize something big happened and they have to take stock and let the shock wear off. It made me laugh and it actually seemed true.

But the greatest thing about the book was the recipes and tips between chapters. What a clever idea and a reason to keep the book on your phone or kindle for further use.

Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride
Now we are reading about Emma's (the Baker) best friend from childhood, Sherilyn and her fiance Andy. They've barely dated and yet they are engaged and moving to town to buy a house and start new jobs. You'd think the lesson in this story is that they don't know each other that well but the truth is that they do and they love each other for exactly who they are.

Both Sherilyn and Andy have a flash from the past in the form of exes. For Andy it is his ex-girlfriend who feels as though she still loves him but cheated on him. Andy realizes pretty much after seeing her that Maya (the ex) didn't care about him for who he was like Sherilyn does.

For Sherilyn, it is facing the ex-fiance she left at the alter. When she finally has a conversation with her ex she learns not only can he forgive her but he sees that they were never supposed to be married and that Sherilyn made the right decision by choosing Andy.

Now, I wanted to read these before I knew they were Christian novels. And while I'm a Christian, I'd be the first to admit that a lot of Christian based entertainment isn't all that entertaining but what I adore about these books is that they clearly don't have that issue.

They are entertaining and I feel show a real relationship rather than the romanticized idea we see on TV.

Always the Designer, Never the Bride
Audrey is a wedding dress designer and J.R. is a motorcycle designer. They come from different worlds and yet they are so similar.

I have to tell you I'm really enjoying this series. Each character just leaps off the page. One of my favorite aspects of the series is the familial bond these friends develop and welcome other into. And the friendships don't seem superficial at all. In fact, each time a friendship really shines it is for a pure and heartfelt reason.

Audrey's failing business is the perfect example of God opening another door when one closes and the friendships of the book. Audrey soon realizes coming to Georgia was providence and with friends like the Tanglewood gang she'll have support and help whenever she needs it.

J.R.'s wandering ways could have been a real issue but I feel that Bricker worked so well with this nomadic character and really brought him around to life and it's possibilities.

Great series I so look forward to finishing.

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