|Always the Designer, Never the Bride, Emma Rae Creation Series #3
By Sandra D. Bricker / Abingdon Press
No matter how busy she is, dress designer Audrey Regan can’t say no to her friend Carly when she asks her to be maid of honor—and create the perfect wedding dress. Carly’s nuptials promise to be the event of the year. Then the groom’s best man—tattooed biker J.R. Hunt—walks in and turns Audrey’s world upside down!
FCB: When you reach heaven, other than Jesus, what Biblical character are you most looking forward to meeting and why?
Sandra: David. He and I have so much in common in our approach to faith. We’re highly emotional individuals, and I’ve identified with his struggles so much. I’m looking forward to just sitting on the edge of the Milky Way, maybe dipping our toes in, and chatting for an eternity or two about how lovely it is to put our love to paper, sing joyously before the Lord, and how far into the depths of despair He can reach to pull us back again.
FCB: What would be the first question you would like to ask him/her?
Sandra: "David, seriously? That whole Bathsheba thing…Really?!"
FCB: When you were a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up?
Sandra: First, it was a ballerina … until I started to grow into my 5’10" overweight body! But by around the age of 8 or 9, I knew I was destined to be a writer.
FCB: With it April Fool’s Day, is there a favorite April Fool’s joke that you’ve played or was played on you that you care to share?
Sandra: Well, I kind of hate to admit it, but I’m a big jokester. It doesn’t have to be April for me to get an idea into my head like convincing my mother that I’d decided to be a nun, or the time I kept a boyfriend going for days thinking that his car had been stolen so that I could secretly have a new stereo system installed for his birthday…I had more fun with the stolen car episode than I did in giving the great gift! How did I know you’d be the prankster!
FCB: We see a lot of advice out there for writers, but what advice would you give someone like me, who enjoys reading and writing reviews on a book? What makes a good review?
Sandra: A good review is one that is truthful without taking on that snarky quality that reviewers sometimes can adopt. The review is meant to give an honest assessment of the pros and cons of a book, and I’m a student of the "If you can’t say anything nice, then…" school of thought. I don’t think it should be an excuse to rag on someone who has put their best foot forward, even if they’ve tripped up a bit. I think the best reviewers out there — even ones that haven’t necessarily enjoyed my genre or plot — are the ones who start with something positive, then give a courteous-but-honest reason why they think something just didn’t work. I have to tell you truthfully though … I really love my reviewers. They’re people who are well read, and I learn a lot about writing by what they really love and by understanding the things I’ve tried that they just don’t get.
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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.