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Trade Paperback
320 pages
Oct 2011
Abingdon Press

Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride

by Sandra Bricker

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In Sandra D. Bricker’s romance novel, Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride, a professional wedding planner struggles with making her own bridal plans. Every step that Sherilyn Keyes, the central bride-to-be of the story, takes toward making her clients’ dreams come true seems to be quickly followed by a leap away from an idyllic ending of her own. From disappearing wedding dresses to baffling allergic reactions, Sherilyn’s engagement slowly begins to accumulate potholes in her road to marital bliss; these delays cause her to doubt whether or not her marriage is meant to be.

Sherilyn Keyes met her fiancé, Andrew Drummond IV, mere weeks before their engagement. Despite the concerns from both friends and family, the two truly believe they are meant for one another. However, as the wedding plans begin, the engaged couple start to discover doubts and they begin to feel cold feet.

The novel opens with the couple moving back to Atlanta, Georgia—the city where Andrew grew up and Sherilyn went to college. The fit seems as if it could not be more perfect. Sherilyn snags her dream job as wedding planner for a destination hotel (a hotel that also employs her best friend from college). Andrew is hired at a top sports injury orthopedic center (a dream job of his own). However, this perfect fit begins to appear as perhaps too good to be true. As Sherilyn and Andrew work through the problems that surround their wedding and future plans, they must come to terms with who they are as individuals and what they must each compromise in order to succeed as a couple.

Suicide is briefly introduced in regard to a character in the story; however, this is not a major portion of the novel. The rest of the book does not bring up any issues that would prohibit a younger reading audience.

Using Adam and Eve as an example of marriage, Genesis 2:24 explains, “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.” Aficionados of the 2001 film The Wedding Planner will enjoy this story—a tale of what happens to a couple between the diamond being proposed and knot getting tied. Becoming one flesh is not as easy as it seems, especially for those who wish to be Bible honoring. – Lucinda Sweazey,

Book Jacket:

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?