READ: Review, Always the Baker, Finally the Bride by Sandra D. Bricker (Emma Rae Creation Series)
Like a bride waits for her wedding day, I waited for Always the Baker, Finally the Bride(Abingdon Press; releases April 1, 2013). My heart overflowed with anticipation, excitement, and a healthy dose of fear.
In this case, the fear came not because of the potential for fainting bridesmaids or other forms of wedding disaster, but because I knew ahead of time that the Emma Rae Creationseries would end with this fourth offering and the long-anticipated (but by no means certain) wedding of Jackson Drake and Emma Rae.
As I mentioned in this review of Always the Designer, Never the Bride, I’ve grown to know and love The Tanglewood (a wedding destination hotel) and its quirky-but-wonderful family: Emma Rae, the diabetic pastry chef; Jackson, hotelier extraordinaire; Sherilyn, wedding planner and best-friend-for-longer-than-forever; and so many more. I don’t want to see the enchantment end.
Finally lives up to the high standard set by author Sandra D. Bricker in the previous Emma Rae novels. Here, Bricker pulls together characters and plot threads in a romantic, soul-satisfying read that, like the other three books in the series, left me longing for more.
Now that I’ve finished the book, I no longer fear the future without Emma Rae and her friends. Thanks to Bricker’s excellent characterization, realistic dialogue, and love-with-a-twist plotlines, I’ll hold her books—and The Tanglewood—always in my heart.
Watch for a “Words with Friends” interview with author Sandra Bricker, coming soon!
I haven’t done a giveaway for some time, so since it’s Valentine’s Week, let’s try one. Leave a comment below (sorry, Facebook rules prevent me from using those comments in a contest) with a special wedding memory, either your own or someone else’s. I’ll receive comments through this Friday, February 15, at midnight EST and post a winner (chosen at random.org) on Saturday, February 16. Include your email or a link so I can contact you if you win (U.S. addresses only, please).
The winner will receive a sweet Valentine’s Prize Pack:
- Sandra’s Love Finds You in Carmel-by-the-Sea California
- Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love, which contains another one of her stories
- a special Valentine treat (think chocolate).
(FTC disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book free from a friend. I was not required to post a review or a positive response.)
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