Monday, May 27, 2013

Review: Always the Baker, Finally the Bride By Sandra D. Bricker

I'm so happy to be apart of Always the Baker, Finally the Bride Blog Tour sponsored by Pump Up Your Book!

About the Book:

In the first book, readers fell in love with Emma Rae and Jackson, and they’ve gotten more acquainted with them in the two books that followed. But now it’s time for the diamond to meet the road as Jackson fields an offer to sell The Tanglewood, a move that will uproot this high-flying family act once and for all. Get reacquainted with all of the lovable and quirky characters from the first three books as your favorite diabetic baker figures out if she’ll achieve her greatest goal of all: Will Emma, at last become FINALLY the Bride?

There was so much that I loved about this series! I loved the friendships Emma had with Fee and Sherilyn. It made me miss having a close girlfriend. The relationship Emma had with her Aunt Sophie, who's in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's, was really sweet. And Jackson quickly becomes attached to Sophie, as well. Jackson’s three older sisters are in the mix and are always there for him. Plus, a few more lovable characters that are all unique in their own ways!  Always the Baker, Finally the Bride is the fourth book in the Emma Rae Creations series. 

In book 1, Always the Baker, Never the Bride, we meet Emma Rae Travis and Jackson Drake. Jackson buys the Tanglewood Inn and turns it into a wedding destination hotel. Emma Rae is hired at the Tanglewood to bake her award winning cakes. Books 2 and 3 bring new employees to the Tanglewood, and in book 4 we come full circle back to Emma Rae and Jackson. 

In Always the Baker, Finally the Bride Emma Rae and Jackson are getting married! - or are they? You would think having put together so many weddings in the past, planning Emma’s wedding would be a breeze, but Emma has trouble designing her own wedding cake!  When Jackson receives a too-good-to-pass-up offer to sell Tanglewood, his decision upsets a lot of his friends and family, including Emma Rae. As the big day approaches, and more things go wrong, Emma begins to think this wedding might not happen! Will Emma and Jackson have the future they have been dreaming about?

Dude! I love Fee!! She is one of my favorite characters! She’s Emma’s assistant. When Emma was hired at The Tanglewood, she brought Fee along with her. The two are opposites in appearance, but work well together and are close friends.

Sherilyn wasn’t my favorite person. Even in her own story (book 2) there was something about her that just didn’t click with me. In this book, the way she gets mad at Jackson about selling The Tanglewood I just didn’t like. 

I loved the recipes and wedding tips placed between the chapters.

Always the Baker, Finally the Bride  is a cute and humorous read! I found myself chuckling out loud a few times!  I don’t think this is a stand alone. I feel you must read a least the first one to have a better understanding of the story. For those of you who want to know, it is a clean romance with Christian values. I had a lot of fun reading these!

4 out of 5 stars.

I received a copy of Always the Baker, Finally the Bride for my honest review.

Buy a copy at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

About the Author:

Sandra D. Bricker was an entertainment publicist in Los Angeles for 15+ years. She is now a best-selling, award-winning author of laugh-out-loud fiction for the inspirational market, and the mastermind behind the Another Emma Rae Creation series that started with Always the Baker Never the Bride. As an ovarian cancer survivor, she gears time and effort toward raising awareness and funds for research, diagnostics and a cure.

Visit her Web site at  and her blog at

Always the Baker, Finally the Bride Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Monday, May 6 – Character Guest Post at Laurie’s Non-Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
Tuesday, May 7 – Book Review at Lighthouse Academy
Wednesday, May 8 – Book Review & Book Giveaway at A Year of Jubilee Reviews
Thursday, May 9 – Interview at The Writer’s Life
Friday, May 10 – Book Review at A Peek at My Bookshelf
Monday, May 13 – Interview at Examiner
Tuesday, May 14 – Book Review at Splashes of Joy
Wednesday, May 15 – Book Review, Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at My Life. One Story at a Time.
Thursday, May 16 – Interview at Review From Here
Friday, May 17 – Book Spotlight at Moonlight Lace & Mayhem
Sunday, May 19 – Book Review & Book Giveaway at My Book Addiction Reviews
Sunday, May 19 – Book Review at All Grown Up!
Monday, May 20 – Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at Lori’s Reading Corner
Tuesday, May 21 – Book Review, Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at Queen of All She Reads
Wednesday, May 22 – Interview at Straight From the Author’s Mouth
Thursday, May 23 – Book Review at Melina’s Book Blog
Thursday, May 23 – Book Spotlight at Authors & Readers Book Corner
Friday, May 24 – Book Review at The Mary Book Reader
Friday, May 24 – Book Spotlight & Book Giveaway at Free eBooks Daily
Friday, May 24 – Book Review at WV Stitcher
Saturday, May 25 – Book Spotlight at Mochas, Mysteries and More
Monday, May 27 – Book Review & Book Giveaway at 4 the Love of Books
Monday, May 27 – Book Review & Book Giveaway at So Little Time…So Much to Read!
Tuesday, May 28 – Book Review at Vic’s Media Room
Wednesday, May 29 – Interview & Book Giveaway at Janna Shay
Thursday, May 30 – Book Spotlight & Book Giveaway at My Cozie Corner
Friday, May 31 – Book Review at Blooming with Books

Any thoughts? I'd love to hear from you!


  1. I agree with you: Always the Baker, Finally the Bride isn't good to read alone, you need to fall in love with everyone from the start!!
    Loved this book and the ending for Fee!!
    Mrs. Lopez of Loving Life In Pink

    1. Hello Mrs. Lopez! It's nice to meet you! Yes, it was a good ending for Fee, and I was happy for Hildie, too!

    2. Absolutely - I loved Hildie!


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